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What do you get when you combine a famous Bicycle Rider - Cadel Evans, a long and winding road - the Great Ocean Road and a weekend of bicycle riding and racing? You get an event aptly named "Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race".
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is a first for Geelong and Australia. It was inspired by the Spring Classics of Europe. The Spring Classics of Europe deliver excitement and intense competition, in a gruelling one day bike race.
The City of Greater Geelong and Cadel Evans are hoping to create a great weekend of cycling that will draw thousands of people to Geelong and the Surf Coast to watch a magnificent race along the famous Great Ocean Road.
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is proudly supported by the Victorian Government. Victoria is well known for being the sporting event capital of Australia. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be an opportunity to watch some great bicycle racing, and to see some of Victoria's regional areas and the natural beauty along the Great Ocean Road.
In July 2014, Cadel Evans (World Champion and Tour de France winner) joined Premier Dr Denis Napthine in unveiling plans for a new cycling event on the world calendar. The event? The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2015.
The races on during the weekend include the Elite Men's Road Race, the Elite Women's Race and the Momentum Energy People's Ride. The racers (bicyclists) will travel through some beautiful areas of Victoria, including some of Cadel Evans favourite riding routes. The Race will take elite and recreational riders on a journey through popular holiday areas of Victoria.
The Elite Women's Road Race showcases Australia's best female cyclists. They will compete in a 113 kilometre course on Saturday 31st January 2015. This race starts in Geelong, passes through Barwon Heads, Thirteenth Beach, Torquay, Bells Beach and Moriac, finishing back in Geelong.
The Elite Men's Road Race is 174 kilometres long. It starts in Geelong on Sunday 1st February, travels past Barwon Heads, Thirteenth Beach, Torquay and Bells Beach. The Elite Men's Road Race finishes at the Geelong Waterfront. There are professional teams competing. You can view the list of teams on the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race website.
The Momentum Energy People's Ride, being held on Saturday 31st January has two course options. There is a 107 kilometre loop that follows the Elite Men and Women's races and there is a shorter 65 kilometre circuit.
The circuit has been designed by former professional cyclist Scott Sunderland. Scott worked with Cadel Evans to create the circuit which pays homage to the Great Ocean Road's breathtaking views, and combines multiple climbs and varying elevation gains to challenge riders.
Friday 30th January there is a presentation to the women's and men's teams at Steampacket Gardens on the Geelong Waterfront. Presentations begin at 12.30 pm for the women's teams and 1.00 pm for the men's teams.
The people's ride begins at 7.00am on Saturday January 31st. The Elite Women's Race begins at 11.30am. The Elite Men's Race begins at 11.20am.
For the start and finish of each race, the starting point is the Geelong Waterfront. Teans and riders will prepare for their races at Steampacket Gardens. Once the race begins, the riders will ride out of Geelong, along upper Eastern Beach Road and Hearne Parade.
Once the riders reach Boundary Road the flag drops and the race commences. The race continues west across Breakwater Bridge, out of Geelong via Barwon Heads Road.
For more details of the map and destination of each race you can check out the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race website.
It should be fun filled, exciting weekend of first class bicycle racing. There are plenty of places to watch the race from. Just be careful of the riders and obey the marshals if you're driving to find a position. The first of the spectator live sites, set up to enjoy the day from, is located in Barwon Heads.
Come along and cheer on Cadel Evans as he rides in his last ever professional road race. Enjoy the atmosphere and take in some of the scenery around Geelong.