On Thursday 26 January 2017, the inaugural Race Melbourne (RM) will take place as a prequel to the third Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (CEGORR). The CEGORR has already established itself as Australia’s premier weekend of cycling and as an initiative of the Victorian State Government is an integral feature of the State’s major events calendar.

The RM is sanctioned by cycling’s international federation, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and will be a ‘Criterium’ (circuit road race) style road race following the Albert Park circuit, a replica of that used for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

Two races will be held:

  • Elite Men – 22 laps of the 5.3km circuit (total 116.6km).
  • Elite Women – 12 laps of the 5.3km (total 63.3km)..

Sprints – the race within the race

Points will be awarded to the 3 fastest riders during intermediate sprints in both the men and women’s races. A bell will sound ahead of each intermediate sprint lap.

For men the sprints take place on laps 5, 10 and 15 with an overall sprint classification winner.

For women the sprints take place on laps 4 and 7 with an overall sprint classification winner.

What's On


8:00amWomen's teams arrive
8:30amWomen's sign on starts
9:15amWomen's call up & introductions
9:30amWomen's race starts
11:00amMen's teams arrive
11:20amWomen's awards presentations
11:30amMen's sign on starts
12:15pmMen's call up & introductions
12:30pmMen's race starts
3:15pmMen's awards presentations

Start and finish precinct:

The start/finish precinct is where all event entertainment and spectator services are located, in close proximity to the pit buildings.

It will feature:

  • Race Commentary
  • Video Screen
  • Food vendors
  • Coffee
  • Family entertainment: a climbing wall, a balloon artist, a face painter, a DJ, roving performers, sport challenges and art and craft activities.
  • Bike parking
  • Water taps (bring a water bottle). Bottled water for sale.
  • Toilets
  • Information
  • First Aid

Key tips

  • With grassy areas available patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic rug
  • Most areas around the start/finish precinct are readily accessible. With limited shade available you should dress appropriately ensuring you have a hat, sunscreen and that you drink plenty of water.
  • Please ensure you keep a close eye on children and pets, particularly around the roadways themselves
  • Avoid leaning over barriers or standing on the roadway to cheer the riders and take photos. Riders and accompanying vehicles are travelling quickly during the race – avoid being a hazard.
  • Please be aware that the golf course is open on the day and so avoid gathering on grassy areas adjacent to the golf course. Golf balls are regularly hit into these areas.
  • Please respect the instructions from staff and volunteers on the day who are there to ensure your safety.
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