From Geelong, head to Cadel’s hometown of Barwon Heads before hitting the Great Ocean Road. Torquay, Moriac, Barrabool Hills and the historic village of Ceres will follow.
Take on the famous Challambra Climb before plateauing on The Ridge. Enjoy a long descent down Scenic Road to Queens Park.
Once across the Barwon River, power up the steepest section and touch on the CBD. Enjoy the celebrations as you cross the finish line.
Head south-east from the Geelong waterfront via Barwon Heads Road to Cadel’s hometown.
Cruise down the main street of Barwon Heads, and then hug the coast taking in views of Thirteenth Beach.
Turn at Horseshoe Bend Road and ride towards South Barwon Reserve. With Eastern Park in view, the finishing straight awaits.
Follow the same outbound route as the longer rides before turning right early from Barwon Heads Road. Coast along Horseshoe Bend Road via Armstrong Creek and Warralily.
Coming back, pass South Barwon Reserve and take in the views of Eastern Park and the foreshore before crossing the finish line.
Ride through the main street of Barwon Heads, the hometown of Cadel Evans. The ride then changes direction and hugs the coast at Thirteenth Beach – one of the most picturesque, but exposed sections of the course, where cyclists must navigate and position themselves against the local coastal winds for the first time.
Directional changes on the roads behind Torquay will have an impact on most riders as the ride moves onto the Surf Coast. Then, a long straight stretch across the marshes of Blackgate Road, Breamlee, expose the riders to the elements, and the wind again plays a factor.
Next, the ride begins to close in on busy Torquay, a haven for locals and a much-loved escape for Melbournians and visitors from around the world. Through the main street and past the many cafes and restaurants, the ride then finds itself on the famous Great Ocean Road.
The 115km course course takes on the same Challambra Climb as the Elite Mens and Elite Womens Races upon entry into Geelong. A steep 830m ascent is set to push you to your limits.
The course has a pinch as it climbs its way out of Queens Park and up the road of the same name.
A left turn and a further pinch up Melville Avenue, the ride then continues up Minerva Road, connecting through to Church Street. The ride travels through residential Geelong, past the Victorian houses along Church Street, over the Highway and onto the Geelong waterfront.
Back to where it all began, the finish – adjacent to Steampacket Gardens on Geelong’s Waterfront. It’s here that you can unwind and prepare for the Elite Women’s Race on the same day. Return on Sunday for the Elite Men’s race where they’ll take on the Challambra Climb four times!