Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race
26 January 2019

The world’s fastest female riders return to Geelong for this coveted UCI 1.1 classification race. Get set for attacking and unpredictable racing – a hotly contested fixture on the UCI women’s road cycling calendar.

The Course

Elite Womens

Barwon Heads
The Bellarine Breakaway

Big crowds gather in Barwon Heads, the hometown of Cadel Evans, where the peloton flies down the main street, likely to be trying hard to establish an early breakaway in the race.

Travelling through Barwon Heads, the race then changes direction and hugs the coast at Thirteenth Beach – one of the most picturesque, but exposed sections of the course, where cyclists must navigate and position themselves against the local coastal winds for the first time.

Surf Coast
Heat of the race

If it hasn’t already, directional changes on the roads behind Torquay provide the perfect opportunity for a breakaway to distance itself from the peloton as the race moves onto the Surf Coast.

Then, a long straight stretch across the marshes of Blackgate Road, Breamlee, expose the riders to the elements, and wind again plays a factor in shaping the early action.

The Surf Coast Sprint

Next, the race begins to close in on busy Torquay, a haven for locals and a much-loved escape for Melbournians and visitors from around the world. The many families, swimmers and surfers gathering around the busy beaches in Torquay will pause to watch the colourful peloton charge into the first intermediate sprint and gather at one of the spectator cheer sites.

Through the main street and past the many cafes and restaurants, the race then finds itself on the famous Great Ocean Road.

The Closing Stages

The approach into Geelong sparks the frantic final 15km with the Elite Women tackling the challenging and iconic Challambra Crescent climb.

The course has a pinch as it climbs its way out of Queens Park and up the road of the same name.

A left turn and a further pinch up Melville Avenue, the race then continues up Minerva Road, connecting through to Church Street. The race travels through residential Geelong, past the Victorian houses along Church Street, over the Highway and onto the Geelong waterfront to the finish.

The Waterfront and Finish

Back to where it all began, the finish – adjacent to Steampacket Gardens on Geelong’s Waterfront – is a fast one.

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