Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road 2020
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (CEGORR) returns bigger than ever in 2020 as the world's cycling elite journey to Victoria.
The CEGORR is a four-day international event where spectators can get up close to the world's best teams and elite riders competing in the year's first one-day UCI WorldTour Elite Men's race and UCI sanctioned Elite Women's race.
You too can take part with the Vegemite Family Ride along the picturesque Geelong Waterfront something the whole family will enjoy.
UCI WORLDTOUR ELITE MEN'S ROAD RACE
2 FEBRUARY 2020
With Geelong and the Surf Coast as it's backdrop, this UCI WorldTour Elite Men's Road Race is exhilarating for riders and fans alike. Sprinters, rouleurs and climbers all fancy themselves as they set out for early season success.
Race director Scott Sunderland designed the course in consultation with Cadel Evans keeping the early season timing in mind.
There can be a fast and sometimes windy start to the race along the exposed roadways before technical sections including city circuits, four times over the Challambra Climb and an electric sprint finish.
The Bellarine Breakaway
Big crowds gather in Barwon Heads, the hometown of Cadel Evans, where the peloton flies down the main street, likely to be trying hard to establish an early breakaway in the race.
Travelling through Barwon Heads, the race 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.
Heat of the race
If it hasn't already, directional changes on the roads behind Torquay provide the perfect opportunity for a breakaway to distance itself from the peloton as the race moves onto the Surf Coast.
Then, a long straight stretch across the marshes of Blackgate Road, Breamlee, expose the riders to the elements, and wind again plays a factor in shaping the early action.
The Surf Coast Sprint
Next, the race begins to close in on busy Torquay, a haven for locals and a much-loved escape for Melbournians and visitors from around the world. The many families, swimmers and surfers gathering around the busy beaches in Torquay will pause to watch the colourful peloton charge into the first intermediate sprint and gather at one of the spectator cheer sites.
Through the main street and past the many cafes and restaurants, the race then finds itself on the famous Great Ocean Road.
The Closing Stages
Geelong signals an arrival onto the finishing circuits, but with a gruelling 55km still to travel.
The Elite Men's course takes on a climb of Challambra Crescent upon entry into Geelong. Descending down Scenic Road, the peloton will touch speeds of almost 85km/h into Queens Park.
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 race then continues up Minerva Road, connecting through to Church Street. The race travels through residential Geelong, past the Victorian houses along Church Street, over the Highway and onto the Geelong waterfront. It's here that the riders get their first look at what the finale will be like in three laps time.
The Waterfront and Finish
Back to where it all began, the finish - adjacent to Steampacket Gardens on Geelong's Waterfront - is a fast one. But first, it will signal three laps to go. Climbing up Yarra Street away from the waterfront they continue.
When they reach GMHBA Stadium, the course resembles that of the 2010 UCI Road World Championships, with a descent down Moorabool Street and across the river, then a right turn and a cruise along Barrabool Road past the reserve.
The climb up to Highton via Barwon Boulevard and Challambra Crescent is a crowd favourite, and also evokes memories of thousands lining the course during the 2010 Road Worlds. The circuits then continue as they re-join the descent down Scenic Road.
The race will get faster and faster, with the average speed for lap one expected at around 42km/h and by the last, almost touching 50km/h.
DEAKIN UNIVERSITY ELITE WOMEN'S ROAD RACE
1 FEBRUARY 2020
The world's fastest female riders return to Geelong for this coveted UCI 1.1 classification race. Get set for attacking and unpredictable racing - a hotly contested fixture on the UCI women's road cycling calendar.
Starting and finishing on the magnificent Geelong waterfront, the race could not be showcased in a more picturesque location, made famous as images of the 2010 UCI Road World Championship were beamed around the world in October of that year with Cadel Evans attempting to defend his 2009 world championship title.
As the race departs Geelong, it remains in neutral for approximately 3 kilometres. Once the flag drops, the peloton initially race south and a few riders with itchy feet will look to establish an early break.
The Bellarine Breakaway
The first town on the course is the hamlet of Barwon Heads, home to Cadel Evans when he is in Australia, located at the mouth of the Barwon River. Barwon Heads is known for its quiet river beaches, friendly cafes and fishing opportunities galore.
Expect large crowds lining the main street and at key viewing locations as this sleepy hamlet comes alive to support their cycling heroes.
The surfers at Thirteenth Beach will watch in awe as the peloton passes by this 4.5 kilometre stretch of beach at pace. The potential strong offshore winds will test the peloton here.
The Surf Coast Sprint
As the race winds its way from Thirteenth Beach to Torquay the riders will look to one another to see who wants to do the work on the front. A long stretch will see the riders exposed to the elements as they depart the beautiful Bellarine and its farmgates, wineries and provedores to the Surf Coast.
Torquay is the official start of the Great Ocean Road, Australia's surfing mecca and an important part of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The many families, swimmers and surfers who gather at the busy beaches in Torquay will pause as the
colourful peloton passes by. The Esplanade will be lined with spectators cheering on their favourite teams.
The Race Heats Up
The race winds on and off the Great Ocean Road as it make its way toward the iconic Bells Beach, home of the World Surf League Rip Curl Pro. The rolling hills toward the coast are the first real test for the riders, and teams will begin to get a sense of how they are positioned within the race and compete for the first Queen of the Mountain prize.
Along the Bells Beach coastline, there is no chance for the riders to take in the stunning scenery of the coast and beaches overlooked by cliff tops - this is where the race begins to heat up.
The Closing Stages
As the race re-enters Geelong, the teams will be seriously thinking about their strategy toward the finale. The Challambra Climb is a short but testing climb that pushes riders to the limit and local residents and cycling fans will be lining the street as they get to see the world's best pass by their front door and memories of the hugely successful 2010 UCI Road Worlds will return.
The fastest point in the race is the descent down Scenic Road, touching speeds of nearly 85 kilometres per hour to Queens Park where the race crosses the Barwon River via the heritage listed Queens Bridge. Teams should not underestimate the two pinch climbs that follow the famous Challambra climb and Scenic Road descent, as the course makes its way out of Queens Park and heads toward the Geelong Waterfront.
The Waterfront and Finish
The finish is a fast one, provided the sprinters are still intact. Look for a bunch sprint finish that will test the teams to the end, while thousands of spectators will line the Geelong waterfront in what is a truly magnificent spectacle and a fitting place to crown the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race champion.
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TOWARDS ZERO RACE TORQUAY
Towards Zero Race Torquay is a brand new and exciting race that forms part of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Get up close to cycling's fastest male and female riders in this iconic surf town for what will be one of Australia's most dynamic cycling events.
The full course is still being finalised by the Event's Race Director, in consultation with Cadel Evans. The course will take in the stunning Torquay foreshore, the rolling roads to the west of the township and the very start of the iconic Great Ocean Road. The circuit course will allow fans to see the peloton numerous times, leading up to an action-packed finish on the Esplanade.
PROUDLY PRESENTED BY TAC AND SURF COAST SHIRE
Riding towards zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads The Transport Accident Commission's Towards Zero vision is for zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads; we believe in a safer road system for all road users.
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.
The Surf Coast boasts some of Australia's most famous beaches and opportunities for outdoor adventure.
Torquay is the official start of the Great Ocean Road - a special place to drive and cycle. The Surf Coast is honoured to be part of this international event so close to Cadel's heart.
2020 SWISSE PEOPLE'S RIDE
1 FEBRUARY 2020
Experience Australia's world-famous coastline on two wheels next summer. With courses to suit all abilities, take your pick from distances including 35km, 65km and 115km. Take advantage of our Early Bird price and sign up before July 31 to save up to $40.
Made famous at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships in Geelong, the Challambra Climb is the ultimate achievement for our 115km course riders.
Total elevation gain: 928m
Max elevation: 176m
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.
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VEGEMITE FAMILY RIDE
There's no better family activity than bike riding!
Stay tuned for information and updates for the 2020 Family Ride.
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VEGEMITE - Australia's most iconic brand, is proud to be joining forces with Cadel Evans as the official spreads partner of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
As one of the richest sources of B Vitamins, VEGEMITE is proud to showcase Australia's most loved spread to the world. VEGEMITE believes joining forces with Cadel Evans is the perfect way to encourage all Australians to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.
VEGEMITE is the unique blend that Tastes Like Australia and we are thrilled to cheer on participants from both near and far, as they progress through one of the most diverse and iconic landscapes in the world.
When & Where
Date/s: Thursday 30th January 2020 - Sunday 2nd February 2020
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