Valuable WorldTour points and a strong start to the season are not the only things on the line during the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The prizes on offer across the ultimate weekend of cycling are also coveted.
The event trophies are handcrafted and thoughtfully designed in Victoria by Flynn Silver. Dan and John Flynn pride themselves on their artistic flare and ability to capture the essence of an event’s story, bringing it to life through their craftsmanship.
2020 saw the first Towards Zero Race Torquay event held in the iconic Victorian surf town of Torquay. The design of the trophy draws on inspiration from the town’s surf and beach culture and the official event logo in partnership with TAC.
The Trophy comprises mostly of sandstone, detailed with a ripple effect and includes a translucent blue acrylic material carved in a wave shape which is also represented across the Cadel Road Race trophy design.
The story behind the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race trophy for the winning male and female riders begins with its shape. The curve of the trophy symbolises a ‘C’ for Cadel.
The ‘C’ is designed using a high-quality road bike rim. The black edge of the rim also represents the winding bitumen of the Great Ocean Road.
Adjoining the bike rim, a piece of translucent blue acrylic sheet has been carefully chosen to resemble the colour of the surf along the iconic Victorian coastline, and as the acrylic sheet embraces the rim, the two materials form the distinct representation of a wave.
The Gerry Ryan Award, introduced in 2018, is for the best under 25 male and female rider in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Races. The winners can be either domestic or international riders.
Cadel Evans and his management Signature Sport with the support of Visit Victoria acknowledge the opportunities Gerry Ryan has provided for so many Australian riders – male and female – to develop and ultimately compete on the world stage.
Gerry’s initials are cast in sterling silver set onto a sliver of the blue material also used in the Cadel Road Race trophy. This blue is shaped like the Visit Victoria logo and reflects both event location and the Melbourne businessman’s home state.
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race logo is engraved into the base of the crystal column and a sterling silver top carries the engraving.