2019 Swisse People’s Ride – Register Now

JAN 2018



Get set for a dose of fast and furious cycling at Melbourne’s world-famous Australian Formula 1™ Grand Prix

After its hugely successful inaugural event in 2017, Towards Zero Race Melbourne is back. And, this year in a twilight timeslot at Melbourne’s stunning Albert Park.

Elite Women: 2:30pm start

Elite Men: 5:00pm start

Cheer on the highest calibre of domestic and international riders as they test their power and team strategy on the fast and flat Australian Formula 1® Grand Prix track.

Then, take your own pit stop at the new Belgian Village with European food vendors, a beer garden with festoon lighting, roving entertainment, DJ beats, activities for the whole family, plenty of giveaways and more.

The best part? Entry is free. FIND OUT MORE




Criterium – closed circuit style – racing is fast, strategic and captivating. The Union Cyclisite Internationale (UCI) has sanctioned Towards Zero Race Melbourne as a criterium race.

Here’s what to expect:

  • The circuit race format, especially on a flat course like this, is best suited to the fastest men and women in the sport.
  • Watch for teams who have the fancied riders for the bunch finale as they try to hold the tempo high throughout the race, controlling the peloton and ensuring there isn’t a breakaway.
  • Teams who don’t carry an identified sprinter, will try to breakaway early, attempting to stay away and take an opportunist victory.
  • As the race nears the final laps, expect someone to go clear to take the win – usually a time trial specialist who can maintain a high tempo.
  • Watch out for a rider trying to maintain a speed higher than that of the peloton and cause a surprise.
  • Don’t miss each of the sprinter’s teams as they form ‘sprint trains’ aiming to deliver their favoured rider to victory in a high-octane finish.

“It’s fast, it’s flat, it’s not a place for the faint hearted!” – Caleb Ewan, Towards Zero Race Melbourne ambassador

Caleb Ewan’s Twilight Tactics


This event will also promote the importance of road safety thanks to the continued support of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Towards Zero is a plan to ensure no one is seriously injured or killed on Victorian roads. It acknowledges that as humans, we can make mistakes, but we can’t accept that death and serious injuries should be a consequence of those mistakes.

No one deserves to die on Victorian roads. By driving at safe speeds, providing more road safety education for motorists, driving the safest car we can afford, and building safe roads, Towards Zero is achievable.




Broadcast Information

Towards Zero Race Melbourne will be live streamed via the event website and the Cadel Road Race Facebook page. Coverage will begin 10-minutes prior to each race and conclude 10-minutes after each race.

  • Elite Women’s Race (CRT), 63.6km: tune in from 2:20pm – 4:10pm
  • Elite Men’s Race (CRT), 116.6km: tune in from 4:50pm – 7:30pm

Parks Victoria

Parks Victoria is proud to welcome Towards Zero Race Melbourne to Albert Park, one of Melbourne’s most-loved public spaces.

Parks Victoria is the statutory authority of the Victorian Government that manages Victoria’s national parks, state parks and other land and waterways of environmental or cultural significance. The area managed by Parks Victoria covers almost a fifth of the State and 70% of Victoria’s coastline. Attracting over 106 million visits each year, visitation to Victoria’s parks contributes around a billion dollars annually to the Victorian economy.

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