30 JAN -
2 FEB 2020

Get set for an action-packed weekend of cycling in Geelong and the Surf Coast

Here’s everything you need to know about the four-days of cycling action in Torquay and Geelong (Thursday 20 January – Sunday 1 February).

There are six official cheer-sites around the course where spectators can take advantage of the best viewing points during the race. Our Spectator Guide outlines where to find all of the amenities, big screen live coverage, entertainment, giveaways and more.

Elite Road Races at-a-glance

Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race (UCI Women’s WorldTour)

  • Saturday 1st February 2020
  • Start Time: 12:20pm
  • Distance: 121.5km
  • Start location: Steampacket Gardens, Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong
  • Team presentation and sign-on: 11.20am-12:05pm
  • Feed zone: 79.1km – Moriac
  • Finish: Steampacket Gardens, Eastern Beach Rd Geelong
  • Finish ETA: 3:40pm

Mapei Intermediate Sprints

  • Intermediate sprint #1: 23.8km – Barwon Heads
  • Intermediate sprint #2:47.1km – Torquay

Swisse Queen of the Mountain

  • QOM #1: 56.6km – Bells Beach
  • QOM #2: 112.5km – Challambra Crescent, Geelong

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Elite Men’s Race (UCI WorldTour)

  • Sunday 2nd February 2020
  • Start Time: 11:10am
  • Distance: 171.1km from race start – including 3 x 16.8km laps of Geelong Circuit
  • Start location: Steampacket Gardens, Eastern Beach Road, Geelong
  • Team Presentation & Sign-On: 10-10:55am
  • Feed Zones: 79.1km – Moriac 121.6km – Yarra Street, Geelong (Lap 1 of 3) 138.3km – Yarra Street, Geelong (Lap 2 of 3)
  • Finish: Steampacket Gardens, Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong
  • Finish ETA: 3:05pm

Mapei Intermediate Sprints

  • Intermediate Sprint #1: 47.1km – Torquay
  • Intermediate Sprint #2: 121.5km – Geelong (first time across start/finish line)
  • Intermediate Sprint #3: 138.2km – Geelong (second time across start/finish line)

Swisse King of the Mountain

  • KOM #1: 56.6km – Bells Beach
  • KOM #2: 112.5km – Challambra Crescent, Geelong (1st Ascent)
  • KOM #3: 129.2km – Challambra Crescent, Geelong (2nd Ascent)
  • KOM #4: 145.9km – Challambra Crescent, Geelong (3rd Ascent)

Steampacket Gardens, Geelong Waterfront

Event Village opening hours:
Friday 31 January: 4:00am – 7:30pm
Saturday 1 February: 6:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday 2 February: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Located at the start/finish precinct, this Event Village is where the build-up for the first UCI WorldTour classics of the season kicks off.

Don’t miss the pros sign on and podium presentations, DJ Steve Tabone, a live LEGO Build, the Deakin DASH for junior riders, face painting, big screen entertainment, food and beverages, giveaways and more. And then take a spot on the barriers for what is sure to be a blistering finale in the both the Elite Women’s and Elite Men’s Road Races!

How to get there:
Public transport is the best way to arrive at the Event Village. Take the train to Geelong Station and a 10-minute walk to the start/finish precinct. If you’re driving, once in Geelong we recommend avoiding Western Beach and Eastern Beach Road, as well as between Moorabool and Bellarine streets as there will be road closures. Instead, use Princes Highway, Latrobe Terrace, Mercer Street, Malop Street or Ryrie Street.

Road closures and traffic alterations will affect parking in the area. Try to arrive early and be prepared for a short walk from your car or from the train station. Learn more.

Safety messages for all sites:
Please keep off the road and follow all traffic control, security and marshal directions as they are in place for yours and the riders’ safety. They will help you get where you need to be as quickly and safely as possible. Please also avoid doing graffiti on the road. Chalk drawings are recommended.

Swisse King and Queen of the Mountain – Bells Beach

Elite Women expected:
1:55pm – 2:15pm (Saturday)

Elite Men expected:
12:30pm – 12:45pm (Sunday)

Cheer on the Elite Women on Saturday and Elite Men on Sunday from this scenic and action-packed location. From here, you can get up close to the riders as they take on the Bells Beach climb. Arrive before midday both days to avoid road closures. Please note, no amenities are provided at this location.

How to get there:
Take the Great Ocean Road and turn onto Addiscott Road, follow to the T-intersection of Jarosite Road where the KOM is only 700 metres away. Alternatively, use Addiscott Road and turn down Bones Road which becomes Bells Beach Road.

Park on Addiscott Road and walk down Jarosite Road towards the beach (700 metres) to where the KOM takes place. Alternatively, you can park at any of the Bells Beach Road car parks and either ride or walk two kilometres to the top of the KOM.

Swisse King and Queen of the Mountain – Challambra Crescent


Swisse People’s Ride participants (Saturday):
From 9:30am – 1:30pm

Elite Women (Saturday):
From 3:15pm – 3:30pm

Elite Men* (Sunday):
From 1:45pm – 2:00pm

*The Elite Men race climbs Challambra Crescent four times up until approximately 3:00pm

See the agony on the faces of the world’s best cyclists as they take on the steep Challambra Climb, first made famous in the 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships.

Live site: Montpellier Park, Highton
Sunday from 11am – 4pm

  • Food vendors, big screen with live Seven footage, local MC, music
  • Prickly Moses bar (local brewer for beer & cider)
  • Sponsor giveaways
  • Live crosses to broadcast
  • A visit from Cadel
  • 11am – 12pm – Chalking of the course (write messages to your favourite riders)

How to get there:
Arrive early to beat the crowds and traffic management treatments. If you’re coming from Melbourne or the Surf Coast use the Princes Freeway and either take the Barrabool Road off ramp* or Princes Highway off ramp and arrive via South Valley Road. If you’re coming from Central Geelong, why not ride your bike. *This is part of the course so please arrive early.

The closest off-street parking is Barrabool Hills Plaza or Highton Village. There is limited on-street parking, but we ask that you are respectful when parking on the street in front of residential properties. Mt Pleasant Road is a good option with a walk from here. Please don’t park on the course.

Mapei Sprint – Torquay

Expect fast and furious racing here as the riders battle it out for the Torquay intermediate sprint points. Take advantage of the nearby amenities including local cafes, shops, public toilets and why not cool off at the beach afterwards!

Elite Women expected:
1:40pm – 1:55pm (Saturday)

Elite Men expected:
12:20pm – 12:30pm (Sunday)

Barwon Heads – Bellarine Breakaway

Elite Women expected:
1:05pm – 1:15pm (Saturday)

Elite Men expected:
11:50am – 12:00pm (Sunday)

Big crowds will gather in Barwon Heads, the hometown of Cadel Evans, where the peloton flies down the main street. Look out for teams trying hard to establish a breakaway in the race before the course changes direction and hugs the coast at Thirteenth Beach. For the Elite Women, the first Mapei Sprint Points are up for grabs.

Enjoy a bite to eat in the area, visit shops or hit the recreational riding trails while in town. Swisse People’s Ride participants are sure to pack the cafes and restaurants here on the first official rest stop.

How to get there:
Access via Barwon Heads road if you are early because it is part of the course. Arrive via Ocean Grove if you are running late.

Try Flinders Parade, Bridge Road near the IGA. Avoid parking on Hitchcock Avenue, Bridge Road and Ewing Blyth Drive as it’s part of the course.

Towards Zero Race Torquay at-a-glance

Women’s Race

  • Start Time: 12pm
  • Distance: 106.4km
  • Sign On: 11am – 11.45am
  • Surf Coast Times Super Sprint #1: 39.9km (lap 3)
  • Surf Coast Times Super Sprint #2: 79.8km (lap 4)
  • Finish ETA: 2.45pm

Men’s Race

  • Start Time: 4.50pm
  • Distance: 133km
  • Sign On: 3:45pm – 4:35pm
  • Surf Coast Times Super Sprint #1: 39.9km (lap 3)
  • Surf Coast Times Super Sprint #2: 79.8km (lap 6)
  • Finish ETA: 7.50pm

Foreshore festival, the Esplanade, Torquay

Thursday 30 January, 11am – 9pm

You won’t want to miss a second of the action at Towards Zero Race Torquay. And, the best spots to see it all are along the Esplanade start/finish line and in the town centre on Bell Street.

If you’re after more attacking riding, the hills on Duffields Road will be where race-winning moves could be made to push ahead of the late sprints.

There will be plenty of family fun to be had with face painting, juicing bike, a VR truck and a tarot card wagon to enjoy, as well as live entertainment from Born in a Taxi and Ding Dongs. Rya Park and The Ethan Farmer Band headline the main stage.


Rider list

Download our Riders list for handy reference on race day.

Towards Zero Race Torquay

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

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