Inspired by the prestigious “Spring Classics” of Europe, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race provides a weekend of the world’s best cycling, delivering high excitement and intense competition. The inaugural edition featured as Cadel Evans’ final professional race, and the former world champion returned to the event in 2016 to join thousands of fans and cyclists in the People’s Ride.
Meanwhile, despite his absence, the elite races continued to step up in quality with the men’s race elevated to a 1.HC classification in 2016, positioning it just one level below UCI WorldTour and the women’s race also receiving UCI classification.
A legacy of Evans, Australia’s only Tour de France winner, and the 2010 UCI Road World Championships held in the same region of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula, the third edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be held from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 January 2017 and promises to continue growing into the future.
OVERVIEW OF THE EVENT WEEKEND
With the 2015 and 2016 events attracting nearly 100,000 spectators and an estimated national television audience of 1.3 million, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has quickly established itself as the nation’s premier weekend of professional and recreational cycling. Come to Geelong and the Surf Coast to see the world’s best riders compete for glory or take the challenge and take part in the highly popular People’s Ride.
THERE ARE 3 COARSES IN THE PEOPLE’S RIDE EVENT
To help you along your way, there will be three aid stations set up along the 2017 People’s Ride route:
Barwon Heads (65km and 111km courses)
Torquay (111km course only)
Moriac (111km course only)