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FEB 2025


Saturday 1 February 2025

Entries for the 2025 TAC People’s Ride are open!

From the picturesque Thirteenth Beach to the leisurely township of Torquay, and the challenging but rewarding Challambra climb, the TAC People’s Ride takes in the very best of the region on the same roads as the professionals.

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Date:Saturday 1 February 2025

Start/Finish Location: Steampacket Gardens, Geelong

Time (TBC):
Long Course starts at 7:00am
Short Course starts at 7:30am

Courses & Distances: In 2025, two distances are again on offer, providing riders of all abilities and experience levels the chance to be part of this celebration of cycling:

Format: Recreational Ride

What you get in your entry

  • Official Santini Event Jersey (valued at $129.95 RRP) as part of your entry fee (Made in Italy). Please note the official jersey must be worn on the day to remain eligible to participate in the TAC People’s Ride. A limited number of exchanges may be possible but cannot be guaranteed.
  • Ride stickers and rider support throughout the course. Please note due to environmental considerations, we will not be printing temporary rider bibs.
  • Course Feed Stations, Mechanical Service, Traffic Managed Roads, Event Medical Services, and Sag Wagon Transport where required.
  • Post Ride Recovery Area.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • For Frequently Asked Questions about equipment, cut-off times, and registration, please view our FAQ page.

TAC People’s Ride Pricing Periods

DistanceEarly BirdStandard LateSprint Finish
Jun 26 – Aug 31
Aug 1 – Oct 21 (2024)
Oct 22 – Jan 9 (2025)
Jan 10 (2025) – Event

AusCycling Members receive $10 off registration fee.



Cadel’s Hometown
59km course

Total elevation gain: 367m
Max elevation: 39m

A flatter cycling experience that excludes the Challambra Climb and tours the iconic township of Barwon Heads.

Beginning with a loop around the Geelong Botanic Gardens, the course takes advantage of the smooth surfaces offered on Barwon Heads Road for the out-and-back ride to Cadel’s hometown of Barwon Heads.

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The Cadel Classic
124km course

Total elevation gain: 1,091m
Max elevation: 166m

An epic one-day cycling course that mirrors the professionals’ race, this route takes in some of the most beautiful Victorian coastal views.

With the option of climbing or skipping Challambra hill, the course heads south to Barwon Heads, winding its way along Thirteenth Beach, through Torquay and Bells Beach before taking on the rolling hills of the Surf Coast Shire.

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Geelong Waterfront

59km & 124km Courses 

With a festival atmosphere, Geelong Waterfront transforms into a buzzing cycling strip as all TAC People’s Ride participants ride the same roads before the world’s elite.

The Esplanade, the historic Cunningham Pier, The Carousel and Steampacket Gardens locale mark both the start and finish lines for all events over the long weekend.

Barwon Heads & Thirteenth Beach

59km & 124km Course

The upgraded Barwon Heads Road will see riders enter Cadel’s home base, Barwon Heads.

As you pass the buzzing Hotel and café at the roundabout, the course takes you towards the picturesque Thirteenth Beach coastline.

Torquay & Bells Beach

124km Course

A chance to ride along the world-famous surf coast, our long course riders will pass through this iconic region overlooking magnificent ocean views.

Stop in Torquay, or continue the ride past Bells Beach – a climb up one of Australia’s most iconic stretches of road.

The Surf Coast is both breathtaking and physically challenging with crosswinds and the climb up the iconic Bells Beach road.

Moriac & Ceres

124km Course

Once you have sailed through Victoria’s stunning coastline, long course riders will head toward the tranquil rural roads of Moriac and Ceres on their way back to Geelong.

Amongst charming farmland, riders will face the rolling hills of the area including the incline up to the summit of Mount Moriac, and the hilltop town of Ceres.


124km Course

The famed Challambra climb makes its triumphant return with this calf-busting road set to once again deliver the ultimate high – both physically and mentally.

Taking on the same 83-metre ascent as the pros, Challambra is an iconic climb of world cycling having famously featured in the 2010 UCI Road World Championships.

In 2025, long course riders will again have the option to skip the Challambra Climb by taking a shortcut at Scenic Drive.

Proudly presented by TAC

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 Each and every one of us, as motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists has the shared responsibility to use our road system safely and with respect for each other. 

Together we can ride towards a future where every journey is a safe one. 

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