We know how much cyclists love great culinary experiences, that’s why we’ve asked our worldly race director for his top recommendations when in town.

If you’re like most riders – or fans of the sport – you will also have a great appreciation for quality food, wine and (of course) coffee.

After all, that’s why we ride isn’t it?

The best part is Geelong, the Bellarine and the Surf Coast region is home to many culinary gems that should not be missed while you’re in town for the 2018 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

From the funky laneway vibes of Little Malop Street to picturesque waterfront dining, you are certainly spoilt for choice when comes to eateries, bars and fine dining experiences.

To help find your way around, race director Scott Sunderland, who splits his time between Geelong and Ghent in Belgium, shares his top recommendations.

“I’m a big fan of trying the local produce wherever I go,” says Scott, a former Tour de France rider. “I know, the riders from all around the world, spectators and organisers will all enjoy the wonderful culinary and cultural evolution of central Geelong.”


Ryan Pl, Geelong, 03 5222 2266

Recently voted the delicious.100 number one restaurant of 2017, Igni (Latin for ‘from fire’) is a modern fine dining experience. Enjoy five or eight courses of fire-fuelled contemporary cuisine.


Shop 1/80 Little Malop St, Geelong, 03 5221 4757

The sip-and-cycle tradition has never been more than popular – especially when riding by Little Malop Street. Stop at this happening café to recharge with a premium cuppa.


93-95 Ryrie St, Geelong, 0498 012 622

Self-defined, ‘contemporary Australian dining with the flavours of South America’, ALMA Restaurant is a popular dining spot for Scott, locals and visitors alike.


58 Moorabool St, Geelong

From lemon sorbet, to pistachio to bubblegum, Scott says these frozen treats are as good as he’s had in Italy!


97-99 Little Malop St, Geelong, 03 5229 9568

Scott’s favourite drops from the region include local varieties from vineyards including Bannockburn, Clyde Park and Jack Rabbit. And, this truly local wine bar and store is stocked with many more.


221 Swanston St, Geelong, 03 5202 4009

The brewery has become Scott’s go-to place when he needs a quiet moment away from the race. The wide selection of beers and pizzas always make down-time here enjoyable.


To find out more about the iconic locations, places to stay and travel arrangements for Geelong and surrounds ahead of the ultimate weekend of cycling visit Plan your weekend.