Australian swimming sensation Mack Horton will be swapping the Gold Coast pools for the Surf Coast roads this summer, the Olympic gold medallist teaming up with Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race as the TAC People’s Ride Ambassador for January’s event.

Horton has set his sights on the 125km distance in the TAC People’s Ride on January 28 and is ultra-excited to pedal the same roads as the professionals as part of a jam-packed weekend of cycling.


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Mack is best known to Australians for his memorable 400-metre freestyle gold medal victory at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Since then, he’s put together a stellar swim career which includes medals in the Commonwealth and Pan Pacific games.

He’s recently moved to the Gold Coast and teamed up with new coach Michael Bohl as the 25-year-old eyes a big couple of years in the pool, which will include the World Championships in Japan this July and then on to the Paris 2024 Olympics.

But first it’s on to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race where Mack, an avid cyclist in his spare time, is looking forward to challenging himself in the TAC People’s Ride.

“Cycling has always been something I get a kick out of and to be part of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is such a great privilege,” Horton said.

“I’m a Victorian at heart and very familiar with the event. It’s great to see it back after a couple of years break. It’s such a beautiful part of the world to get out on the bike and explore.

“I can’t wait to join thousands of others, meet some other keen cyclists and, hopefully, ride alongside the great man (Cadel Evans) himself.”