JAN 2018


On Thursday 25 January 2018, the second edition of Towards Zero Race Melbourne will take place as a prequel to the fourth Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, which has already established itself as Australia’s premier weekend of cycling.

The Towards Zero Race Melbourne 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 Australian Formula 1™ Grand Prix track circuit.


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).

^ Final distance and lap times will be confirmed in the coming months

Sprints – the race within the race

Points will be awarded to the three 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

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
  • And much more!

Key tips

  • With grassy areas available, you are encouraged to bring a picnic rug
  • Most areas around the start/finish precinct are readily accessible. As there is limited shade available, you should dress appropriately and bring a hat and sunscreen and make sure you drink plenty of water.
  • Please keep a close eye on children and pets, particularly around the roadways.
  • 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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