Registrations for the hugely popular TAC People’s Ride opened today, with over 3,000 riders again expected to take to the Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast roads on Saturday 1 February.


Presented by Visit Victoria, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has featured the mass participation TAC People’s Ride since the inaugural event in 2015.

The 2025 TAC People’s Ride will feature two magnificent courses that showcase the best of regional Victoria.

The longer Cadel Classic will be a hit among riders looking to challenge themselves along a one-day Classic course while taking in some of the most beautiful coastal views Victoria has to offer across 124km.

Heading south from Geelong to Barwon Heads and then through Torquay and the rolling hills of the Surf Coast Shire, riders can choose to tackle the imposing Challambra Climb to experience what the world’s best face during the UCI WorldTour event.

The shorter Cadel’s Hometown will delight riders of all abilities. An enjoyable ride that passes through the iconic township of Barwon Heads, the 59km course provides a flatter cycling experience for beginner and intermediate riders alike.

Four-time Olympian and Australia’s only Tour De France winner, Cadel Evans said it’s his favourite day of the year.

“It’s an unbelievable experience to ride with over 3,000 riders from all over Australia on the roads I call home,” Evans said.

“The sea of jerseys and smiles I see on the start line as we begin gives me goosebumps every single year.

“Please join me in 2025 to challenge yourself and tackle the same roads our world’s best cyclists will battle on that same weekend.”

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos said:

“The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race brings so much joy to the region while attracting thousands of visitors and delivering a boost to local businesses and jobs.”

“It’s fantastic to see the People’s Ride return to the program again in 2025, giving people of all ages the chance to ride on the same course as their cycling heroes.”

Acting TAC Chief Executive Officer Andrew Holt said the TAC’s involvement with the People’s Ride provided an opportunity to engage with cyclists on road safety through an event that also promotes the Geelong region, where the TAC is based.

“The TAC People’s Ride is a great opportunity to connect with the cycling community and highlight how all road users can keep cyclists safe on the roads,” Holt said.

“It’s also a fantastic showcase of the Geelong region where the TAC is proudly based, and a majority of our staff live.”

The UCI WorldTour calendar for 2025 was recently released with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Elite Men’s and Women’s races to take place over the February 1 – February 2 weekend next year.

The weekend of world-class cycling along the Geelong, Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula will once again attract riders and fans from around the world to enjoy the best that this beautiful part of Victoria has to offer.

Over the past ten years, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has grown into a must-see spectacle on Australia’s cycling calendar, with this year’s event drawing more than 140,000 people to the region.