30 JAN -
2 FEB 2020

UCI WorldTour Deakin University
Elite Women’s Road Race
1 February 2020

In an Australian first, the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race will be part of the prestigious UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar in 2020. It will take a versatile rider who can battle cross winds, conquer punchy climbs and hit high speeds in the final sprint to win!

 

Race Details

Distance: 121km*
2019 winner: Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women’s Team)
Average speed: 36.3 km/h
Entry: Free to watch

What they say

The Course

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When the peloton departs the picturesque Geelong waterfront and the flag drops, the riders charge south towards the Surf Coast.

After passing Bells Beach they veer off the Great Ocean Road and loop back to town where the celebrated Challambra Climb awaits. After the climb there’s a good chance of a separation and the day could go to the best climbing sprinter or the climber with the best sprint!

*Start time and course subject to changes

Barwon Heads

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Race highlight

Look for the Bellarine Breakaway as the peloton flies down the main street. When the race changes direction and hugs the coast at Thirteenth Beach, riders will position themselves against the testing coastal conditions.

 

Where to watch

Big crowds gather in Cadel’s hometown right along Hitchcock Avenue, or you can head to the official race cheer site in town to see the action up close.

While in town

Grab a bite from Annie’s Provedore and Produce Store. And if golf is your go, Barwon Heads is home to three of Australia’s top 50 public access courses.

Torquay & the Surf Coast

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Race highlight

The Surf Coast Sprint is always electric as riders vie for points in the first intermediate sprint of the day. After charging down the Esplanade, the race then hits the famous Great Ocean Road.

Where to watch

Take up a spot anywhere along the Esplanade or head to the official Surf Coast Sprint cheer site.

While in town

Cool off in the pristine ocean, see the interactive displays at the Australian National Surfing Museum, and refuel at any of the famous local eateries.

Bells Beach

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Race highlight

The rolling hills towards the coast will begin to test the peloton. Here, riders compete for the first Queen of the Mountain prize.

Where to watch

The official cheer site is perfectly positioned to take in the action at the summit before the course begins to loop back towards Geelong.

While in town

Follow the stairs from the cliff tops down to the beach, home to the World Surf League Rip Curl Pro. Experience the renowned natural beauty, wildlife and surf for yourself.

Geelong

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Race highlight

As the race re-enters Geelong, the riders contest the Ceres Sprint, before taking on the punchy and testing Challambra Climb – first made famous in the 2010 UCI Road Worlds. The fastest point in the race comes with the Scenic Road decent before coming into Queens Park.

 

Where to watch

Cheering crowds along Challambra Crescent make for an atmosphere like the spring classics of Europe, while the Challambra Queen of the Mountain cheer site is guaranteed to be entertaining.

While in town

Take a walk through the picturesque reserve ofQueens Park set on the banks of the Barwon River. BBQ and picnic facilities can be enjoyed (after the race of course!).

Waterfront Finish

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Race highlight

Look for the bunch sprint finish along the Geelong waterfront that will test the teams right to the end.

Where to watch

Line the finishing straight or watch from the Steampacket Gardens live site where big screens, food and drink stands, and all the festivities will be in full swing.

While in town

The Esplanade is brimming with cafes, bars and restaurants, which all open their doors to race-goers who are ready to reminisce.

Join us in Geelong and on the Surf Coast for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Start planning your weekend.

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