What is the UCI WorldTour Deakin University Elite Women's Road Race?
In an Australian first, the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race opened the 2020 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar.
The race first began in 2015 at the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. It was elevated to a UCI 1.2 status in 2016, and then again to a UCI 1.1 status in 2018, before making it onto the WorldTour calendar in 2020.
Held each year on the Saturday of the race week, the UCI WorldTour Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race follows the mass participation Swisse People’s Ride.
Scott Sunderland, Race Director for the Elite Women’s Road Race has created a dynamic 121km course through Geelong and the Surf Coast. The race departs from the Geelong Waterfront and charges towards the Surf Coast. After passing Bells Beach, riders veer off the Great Ocean Road and loop back to where the celebrated Challambra Climb awaits, before returning to Steampacket Gardens for a screaming finish.
In 2020 the race welcomed 14 Elite Women’s Teams including six UCI WorldTour Teams and the Australian National Team. Team Sunweb’s Liane Lippert took out the race win and is now the defending champion.
The Elite Women’s Road Race is proudly sponsored by Deakin University. Deakin University offers a personalised learning experience, enhanced by an innovative digital environment. The University leads by creating opportunities to live and work in a connected, evolving world.
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