2015 The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
The cycling eyes of the world will be on Geelong this summer when the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race comes to our city and region. This race inspired by the prestigious Spring Classics of Europe will take place on the weekend of the 31st of January and 1st of February 2015.
Named after the 2011 Tour de France champion and Geelong/Barwon Heads local Cadel Evans, this race has been given a 1.1 category rating by the international governing body UCI. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be the biggest race Geelong has seen since the hugely successful UCI Road World Championships in 2010.
The course starts in Geelong and will head down the Bellarine Peninsula to Cadel’s home town of Barwon Heads. From there it will head towards our region’s magnificent Surf Coast passing the spectacular Thirteenth Beach and Torquay. It will then head inland to conquer the rolling hills around Moriac before heading back to the Geelong waterfront for a spectacular and hopefully dramatic finish.
The Saturday event will see an Elite Women’s Race and a People’s Ride while the Sunday event will see the Elite Men’s Road Race.
It is expected that the race will feature a huge international line up and the cream of Australian cycling, with the race taking place only days after the Tour Down Under in South Australia. It is hoped this event will be one of the greatest weekends of cycling Australia has ever seen. The race will involve high excitement and intense competition taking in some of the most beautiful parts of Australia.
The course will have some spectacular vantage points and as proved with the ICU event our city and suburbs are perfect for such a spectacle.
This event takes place on the weekend after Geelong’s huge Festival of Sails event, so summer in Geelong will certainly be the place to be.