Get up close and watch the world’s best cyclists in person as the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race rolls through Geelong and the Surf Coast this weekend.
With four official cheer sites offering excellent viewing opportunities during the race, spectators will be able to watch the pro peloton climb and sprint along the scenic course.
If you’re excited to see some of the world’s best cyclists trade blows on a KOM & QOM attempt this course will have you covered. At the 8.8km mark the Category 4 climb of Wandana Heights will give riders an opportunity to score 3, 2 and 1 points in the race for the Visit Victoria King and Queen of the Mountains jerseys.
110km later, spectators will see the cyclists hit the Category 3 climb of Challambra, where a maximum of 5 points will be awarded to the first across the top, with 3 points for second and 1 point for third. The elite men tackle this climb four times – the first two times which award points, while the elite women race over Challambra Crescent twice – both times counting toward the QOM crown.
The Challambra KOM & QOM Live Site is open from 9:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday with a feature-packed program. Watch the whole race live on the big screen while enjoying community activities, prizes and giveaways, live MC, music and entertainment, food and beverage.
If you’re a fan of fast and furious racing, then the sprint segments on-course are not to be missed. Spectators can view the Surf Coast Mapei Sprint at the 59.0km mark along the Esplanade in Torquay. Soon after, spectators will be able to see the peloton fly through Barwon Heads, the hometown of Cadel Evans, for the second sprint of the race. Each will award 3, 2, and 1 points for the first three to cross the line.
The peloton will cross the iconic “Cadel Line” on 13th Beach Road before taking off for the Barwon Heads Mapei Sprint, crossing the picturesque Barwon Heads Bridge in doing so.
The third and final sprint viewing opportunity comes at the Start/Finish Precinct in Steampacket Gardens. This will occur at the 126.4km mark for the elite women and 143.0km mark for the elite men. In both races, it will be the final time that points will awarded for the Mapei Sprint Jersey classification.
The Event Village offers a big screen showing the action, sponsor activities, live entertainment, food and beverage and official merchandise. Don’t forget to grab a spot on the finish line barriers for what promises to be an exciting finale to the elite women’s and men’s road races.
UCI WorldTour Elite Men’s Race Prize Classifications
UCI WorldTour Elite Women’s Race Prize Classifications
Approximate arrival times:
Barrabool Road, Wandana Heights
- Saturday: Elite Women expected between 12:20pm – 12:35pm
- Sunday: Elite Men expected between 11:15am – 11:30am
Surf Coast Mapei Sprint Cheer Site – The Esplanade, Torquay
- Saturday: Elite Women expected between 1:45pm – 2:00pm
- Sunday: Elite Men expected between 12:30pm – 12:45pm
Barwon Heads Mapei Sprint Cheer Site – Barwon Heads Bridge
- Saturday: Elite Women expected between 2:15pm – 2:45pm
- Sunday: Elite Men expected between 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Challambra KOM & QOM Live Site – Montpellier Park, Highton
- Open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-4:00pm
- Saturday: Elite Women expected for their first pass between 3:15pm – 3:30pm
- Sunday: Elite Men expected for their first pass between 1:40pm – 2:00pm
Start/Finish Line Sprint – Steampacket Gardens, Geelong
- Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- Saturday: Elite Women expected to finish between 3:30pm – 4:00pm
- Sunday: Elite Men expected to finish between 2:20pm – 2:50pm