Cadel Evans was the star of today’s launch. Despite his team commitments to the Tour de France and battling flu, he once again travelled to Geelong to launch the 2018 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Ride.
The event was jointly launched by Cadel, Sports Minister John Eren and Professor Jane Den Hollander, vice-chancellor of Deakin University. Once again, our own Geelong university, Deakin, will sponsor the elite women’s race.
As the fog lifted, a couple of celebrity challenges were ridden. First, Cadel and Phil Anderson went head to head the final few hundred metres of the killer Challambra climb. It was close, but, despite the commentator’s beat up of a dead heat, there was no doubt of the outcome.
The second race was between two young riders from Geelong Cycling Club and Steve Bracks, Chairman of Cycling Australia, ex-Premier of Victoria and recreational cyclist. Steve is a regular rider in the Cadel People’s ride, but had no chance against younger legs.
The master of ceremonies then demanded a rematch between Phil and Cadel, citing the ‘dead heat’ and Phil’s foot slipping off the pedal in the first ascent.
It was smiles all around for the final photo shoot.