2023 Race Results
Gerry Ryan Best Young Rider
Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitec)
Queen of the Mountain
Loes Adegeest (FDJ–Suez)
Mapei Sprint Classification
Georgina Howe (Team Jayco AlUla)
Loes Adegeest (FDJ–Suez), 2023 winner
Liane Lippert (Team DSM), 2020 winner
Arlenis Sierra (Movistar Team), 2019 winner
Chloe Hosking (Trek–Segafredo), 2018 winner
Professor Iain Martin – Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University
Tracey Gaudry, President of the UCI Women’s Commission, UCI Oceania Federation and CEO of Respect Victoria
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!
From the waterfront start, riders head south through the city, over the Barwon River and will be quickly greeted by the uphill challenge that awaits them west of Geelong, at the historic township of Ceres.
The tranquil country roads could lay the foundations of an important strategic breakaway as riders negotiate the rolling farmland hills before heading southward to Moriac.
As riders descend to the coast, they’ll pass the famous Bells Beach and close in on busy Torquay, a haven for locals and 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 along The Esplanade as crowds gather at one of the spectator cheer sites.
Stunning coastal views could provide a pleasant distraction for the peloton as strong crosswinds may feature on the straight stretch toward Barwon Heads.
Hugging the picturesque Thirteenth Beach coastline, the peloton will pass through Cadel’s home base at Barwon Heads, before crossing the Barwon Heads Bridge.
Rolling across the water, the peloton then turns inland from Ocean Grove, and heads through the Bellarine Peninsula back toward Geelong city.
Geelong signals an arrival onto the finishing circuits, as teams set up their finishing strategy within the final 33km.
The Elite women’s course takes on two loops of Geelong, where battles will be won and lost on the climb of Challambra Crescent – the summit marking the opportunity to capture points for the coveted KOM title. The roar of the crowd and the electric atmosphere on the hill will have fans in a frenzy – This is one spectator point is not to be missed!
Descending Scenic Road, the peloton will touch speeds of almost 85km/h into Queens Park. 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, over the Highway and onto the Geelong waterfront. It’s here that the riders get their final look at what the finale will be like in another lap’s time.
Back to where it all began, the finish – adjacent to Steampacket Gardens on Geelong’s Waterfront – is a fast one. Climbing up Yarra Street away from the waterfront they continue.
When they reach Kardiania Park, the course resembles that of the 2010 UCI Road World Championships, with a descent down Moorabool Street and across the river, then a right turn and a cruise along Barrabool Road past the reserve.
The climb up to Highton via Barwon Boulevard and Challambra Crescent is a crowd favourite, and also evokes memories of thousands lining the course during the 2010 Road Worlds.
Be in the thick of the action as the world’s best riders scream toward the finish line on the famous Geelong waterfront.
Deakin University offers a personalised experience, enhanced by innovative digital engagement. The university leads by creating opportunities to live and work in a connected, evolving world.
Deakin offers a learning experience second to none, and are proud of being a multi-award winning, internationally recognised university. With a history of being innovative and cutting edge, Deakin offers excellent facilities, exceptional teaching and flexible learning to all 60,000 students, whether on campus or online.