JAN 2018


Welcome to Australia’s premier modern one-day classic – the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Get set for the world’s best male and female riders to descend on Geelong and the Surf Coast region in their quest to win the race and gain valuable UCI WorldTour points.


This, our fourth edition of the Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s Race, includes updated courses to push riders to their limits, an action-packed event village at Geelong Waterfront, a global broadcast into more than 140 countries, and thousands of spectators lining the course. You won’t want to miss it!

Elite Women


The race: Deakin University Elite Women’s Race UCI 1.1 (113km)

Start & finish: Geelong Waterfront

Start time: 11.20am

Expected finish time: 2.30pm

Presentations: 2.45pm

2017 winner: Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT)

Average speed: 37.5 km/h


  • Reigning champion, and the world’s fastest female rider, Annemiek van Vleuten will return in 2018 to defend her title.
  • 2016 winner Amanda Spratt (ORICA-SCOTT) will also return in search of another victory.
  • Three sprints will take place with points awarded 3-2-1 for the first three place getters.
  • For the first time in the event’s history the women will race over Challambra Crescent before tackling the final nine kilometres and sprint finish at the Geelong Waterfront.
  • Deakin University has again thrown its support behind the event with Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander announcing an extension of the women’s race partnership.
The Course



The race: UCI WorldTour Elite Men’s Race (164km)

Start & finish: Geelong Waterfront

Start time: 11.10am

Expected finish time: 3.15pm

Presentations: 3.30pm

2017 winner: Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb)

Average speed: 41.2 km/h


  • German powerhouse Nikias Arndt will return in 2018 to defend his Cadel Road Race title.
  • 2016 winner Peter Kennaugh (Bora Hansgrohe) will also be back for another attempt at winning the trophy.
  • The CEGORR is the first of 16 one-day classics that form part of the 37 events making up the UCI WorldTour calendar in 2018.
  • The Elite Men will race over the iconic climb of Challambra Crescent four times.
  • Domestic riders will compete on the world stage in their own country with a national representative team confirmed in both the Men’s and Women’s races.

Race Results History


Dutch star Annemiek van Vleuten (NED), from Australian ORICA-SCOTT, took out a stunning win in the Elite Women’s race after sprinting ahead of four fellow breakaway companions.

The Elite Men’s race was held for the first time as a UCI WorldTour sanctioned race. German sprinter Nikias Arndt (GER) took the title in a thrilling finish, narrowly beating Australians Simon Gerrans (ORICA-SCOTT) and Cameron Meyer (KordaMentha Real Estate Australian National Team).


The ORICA-AIS team and Aussie cyclists came out on top in the Elite Women’s race, with Amanda Spratt (AUS) and Rachel Neylan (AUS) making it a one-two for the Australian outfit.

More of the world’s best teams descended on Geelong as the Elite Men’s race stepped up to a 1.HC classification. Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh (GBR) an impressive attack on the final climb to win ahead of a closing peloton.


In the Elite Women’s race, Australian Rachel Neylan (AUS) (Building Champions) triumphed over a field of nearly 70 riders to clinch her first “big win” in a hard-fought ride.

The Elite Men’s champion was Belgium’s Gianni Meersman (BEL) (Etixx-Quickstep), who sprinted from the leading pack to claim victory in a field of 115.

Join the action!

There’s no better way to get up close to the world’s best riders than by volunteering at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

In 2017, the support of more than 700 incredible volunteers made this event a huge success – and now we’re looking for an even bigger crew to help with:

  • Course marshalling;
  • Athlete services;
  • Venue operations;
  • Media operations; and
  • General workforce.

Every 2018 volunteer receives a free pair of exclusive event shades, a t-shirt, cap, meals and snacks.

Plus, if a group of five or more register to volunteer on behalf of your club, organisation or community group, $50 per person will be donated back to your nominated organisation.

Find out more

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