1–2
FEB 2025

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY ELITE WOMEN’S ROAD RACE

Saturday 1 February 2025

The world’s best cyclists descend on Geelong and the Surf Coast each summer as the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race hits the roads in this global celebration of cycling in Victoria.

The UCI Women’s WorldTour certified course is set to feature more unpredictable action as riders negotiate scenic roads, rolling hills, technical corners and pinchy climbs in this modern one-day classic.

2024 Race Results

  1. Rosita Reijnhout (Team Visma | Lease a Bike)
  2. Dominika Włodarczyk (UAE Team ADQ)
  3. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ)
  4. Ruth Edwards (Human Powered Health)
  5. Grace Brown (FDJ-SUEZ)

Gerry Ryan Best Young Rider
Rosita Reijnhout (Team Visma | Lease a Bike)

Shimano Queen of the Mountain
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ)

Mapei Sprint Classification
Nienke Veenhoven (Team Visma | Lease a Bike)

Report: Click here for the 2024 race report
Results: Click here for full results
Replay: Click to watch the 2024 race replay

What they say

COURSE DESCRIPTION - 2025 COURSE TO BE CONFIRMED

Up to Ceres and down to Moriac 

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. 

Torquay and the Surf Coast

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. 

Barwon Heads and the Bellarine Heat 

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, Challambra & The Closing Stages 

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. 

The Waterfront and Finish 

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. 

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