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Test out the roads for the elite women and men’s races as you complete a stunning People’s Ride route in 2017.
Starting from Geelong’s foreshore, ride south-east via Barwon Heads Road, to the hometown of Cadel Evans.
Travelling up the main street of Barwon Heads the course hugs the coast, taking in the breathtaking views across Thirteenth Beach, including views of endless sands and rolling surf.
The 65km short course riders split off at Horseshoe Bend Road while the 111km long course riders return to the coast on approach into Torquay along the spectacular foreshore.
Once through Torquay the route diverts off the Great Ocean Road to follow the rolling hills towards Bells Beach.
After re-joining the Great Ocean Road briefly, the route travels north along bushy Forest Road, where the shady trees provide some respite.
This carries you through most of the way to Moriac and then over the rolling Barrabool Hills. Now Geelong bound, the rolling hills and fast descents across to the historic village of Ceres is the latest thrill.
Once back in Geelong you will climb up towards the highest point on the course, The Ridge, before a long descent down Scenic Road into picturesque Queens Park. Crossing the Barwon River, riders then have a couple of short steep ascents to end the climbing for the day.
Once on Minerva Road and then Church Street, it is recovery time. The route then carries riders through and on to Geelong’s famous waterfront to the finish line.