Cadel Evans race rises in status

Sports and Recreation Pillar

MORE world elite cyclists are set to compete in G21 region’s annual Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, after a rise in ranking for the event’s major women’s race.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has supported upgrading of the race to UCI 1.1 classification, meaning the top 10 ranked teams in the world can now compete.

Australia’s only Tour de France winner Evans shared the news alongside Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren at an event launch in Geelong on July 12.

Deakin University vice-chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander also announced the university would extend its partnership with the elite women’s race until 2019.

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is now firmly anchored on the elite cycling calendar and has attracted world-best riders since launch in 2015.

Its elite men’s and women’s road races take in scenic highlights in and around Geelong, the Bellarine and Great Ocean Road. Live television coverage takes spectacular aerial images to the world.

Mr Eren said Victoria was proud to have achieved a big win for women’s cycling in Australia with the race upgrading.

"This is another big win for women's cycling in Australia," Mr Eren said.

“Events like these fill hotel rooms, create jobs and attract visitors from around the world who splash their valuable tourism dollars."

The four-day event program includes:

  • Thursday January 25, Towards Zero Race Melbourne criteriums for elite men and women, Albert Park;
  • Friday January 26, family and kids’ ride on Geelong waterfront, Australia Day activities and Festival of Sails;
  • Saturday January 27, Swisse People’s Ride. Deakin University elite women’s race; and,
  • Sunday January 28, UCI World Tour elite men’s race.

Source: A State Government media release. Picture: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.