Introduced in 2015, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the first event of its kind in Australia.

Inspired by the prestigious “Spring Classics” of Europe, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race provides a weekend of the world’s best cycling, delivering high excitement and intense competition.

The inaugural edition featured as Cadel Evans’ final professional race, and the former world champion returned to the event in 2016 to join thousands of fans and cyclists in the Swisse People’s Ride.

Meanwhile, despite his absence, the elite races continued to step up in quality with the men’s race elevated to a 1.HC classification in 2016, positioning it just one level below UCI WorldTour and the women’s race also receiving UCI classification.

A legacy of Evans, Australia’s only Tour de France winner, and the 2010 UCI Road World Championships held in the same region of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula, the third edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be held from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 January 2017.

The elite men’s race has been elevated once again by the UCI, and from 2017-2019 will feature on the UCI WorldTour calendar – the pinnacle of world cycling.

Victorian Government support

The Victorian Government is proud to support the second edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race as part of our renewed commitment to building our state’s renowned calendar of major sporting and cultural events.

With the 2015 and 2016 events attracting nearly 100,000 spectators and an estimated national television audience of 1.3 million, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has quickly established itself as the nation’s premier weekend of professional and recreational cycling.

In addition to generating significant economic activity and creating jobs, major events such as the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race also showcase regional Victoria to a national and global audience, with images of some of the state’s most iconic attractions beamed across Australia and around the world.

Come to Geelong and the Surf Coast to see the world’s best riders compete for glory or take the challenge and take part in the highly popular Swisse People’s Ride.

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