An enjoyable ride that passes through the iconic township of Barwon Heads, the new 59km course provides a flatter cycling experience in 2024. Excluding the Challambra climb, this new route has been designed with intermediate riders in mind.
Cadel’s Hometown short course begins with a loop around the Geelong Botanic Gardens, then takes advantage of the amazing new surfaces offered on Barwon Heads Road for the out-and-back ride to Cadel’s hometown of Barwon Heads.
Riders who have previously considered the 35km course should feel confident of attempting and completing this distance.
Riders seeking an enjoyable lapping course of the waterfront are encouraged to participate in the FREE Family Ride.
Finishing on the famous Geelong waterfront, celebrate your ride at the Steampacket Gardens Event Village, and kick back with friends to watch the Deakin University Women’s Race as the world’s best riders race for glory.REGISTER NOW
Whatever your goal, you are guaranteed to love the entertainment and atmosphere at our famous waterfront start line. Join Cadel and thousands of passionate cycling friends in a sea of coastal blue as we countdown to the start of the 2024 TAC People’s Ride!
Rolling out from the start line, you will first take Hearne Parade along the water, and see first-hand why Geelong is a stunning place to ride, with views of Corio Bay.
Turning down Limeburners Road, the course turns right at Boundary Road through residential Geelong.
Turning right and riding over the Breakwater Road Bridge, you’ll turn onto the newly upgraded Barwon Heads Road.
Passing through Charlemont and Armstrong Creek, you’ll make the trip towards Cadel’s home base, Barwon Heads.
As you pass (or stop for a break at) the buzzing Barwon Heads Hotel and café at the roundabout, the course takes you toward the picturesque Thirteenth Beach coastline.
Rolling along the coastline, you’ll turn inland onto Bluestone School Road and rejoin Barwon Heads Road as you head back to toward Geelong.
Returning to Geelong, via Barwon Heads Road, the course crosses back over the Barwon River, and into East Geelong.
A modest climb back through the Geelong Botanic Gardens is the one and only hill throughout the course with spectacular views across the bay.
The final cruise around the Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus, will be a celebratory finish as you enjoy the final cruise to the finishing gantry! There’s no better sense of achievement than crossing the finish line and catching up with friends at the post-ride event village.
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