The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is excited to announce that entries are now open for the GMHBA Family Ride – the ultimate in family fun which forms part of a cycling extravaganza in the Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast regions, 27-29 January 2017.

People of all ages who participate in the action packed GMHBA Family Ride will get the rare chance to meet Australia’s only Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans and even spot an old penny-farthing – the first machine to be called a bicycle!

The weekend festivities kick off along the Geelong Waterfront on Friday, 27 January at 4pm, the ride then follows a specifically designed 1.25km looped Hot Dog circuit where little and big cycling enthusiasts will ride down one lane and back up the other. And best of all, it’s free!

The GMHBA Family Ride atmosphere will be electric, with kids, mums and dads crossing the same finish line as the pro riders in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race to the enthusiastic cries of Geelong Cats’ cheer squad.

Adding to the vibrant ride will be the ‘peloton pack’ of fun characters and a colourful mobile disco pumping out a mix of tunes sure to help get those wheels spinning.

Bikes of all types are welcome and encouraged, whether it’s a unicycle, a four person bike or a tandem bike.

Participants also have the chance to ride with local celebrities and personalities in the ‘local legends hot lap’ before having their photo taken on the GMHBA podium.

GMHBA Chief Executive Officer, Mark Valena encourages everyone to get involved.

“At GMHBA we are big believers in supporting our local community and we are constantly looking for fun ways to promote the importance of good health and wellbeing.

“The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race presents an opportunity to grow healthy and active family participation in the region.

“We see the GMHBA Family Ride as a great way to inspire people, especially kids into an active, healthy lifestyle,” Mr Valena said.

Now retired from professional cycling, Cadel Evans continues to ride for fitness and fun. His vision is to inspire future generations to share his passion for cycling and healthy active living.

“The GMHBA Family Ride is one of my favourite parts of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. I love seeing the kids’ enthusiasm for a sport that has and always will be a huge part of my life.

“We are very excited to be able to provide families with a fun and unique experience as part of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race,” Mr Evans said.

If you’re big enough to get on a bike, you’re big enough to join in the fun of the GMHBA Family Ride. With limited places available, people are encouraged to enter now to secure their place.

To register and for more information, click here.