Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – more photos

Our Cycling Geelong volunteers for Sunday’s Elite Men’s Road Race.

 

Robert, Mike C, Helen, Margy and Hermann

Robert reports that his first placement was along Boundary Road before moving to be a field-of-play marshal at Queen’s Park Bridge.  His role was to wave a flag directing the cyclists onto the bridge.  You may have seen him on TV!

Charlotte was at Barwon Heads.

Richard volunteered on Sunday 20th and Saturday and spotted this crocheted bike along the course.  Another of Fiona’s creations?

Geelong themed yarn bombed bike along the course for the 2019 Cadel Great Ocean Road Race

“Pearly” spotted near Lara in September 2010, before she popped up around the course at the World Championships held in Geelong.

 

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Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2019

One volunteer’s experience

The Elite Women’s ride – Saturday 26th January

As we arrived at Deakin Waterfront at 10am, there were already cyclists arriving back at the finish line after achieving the 35 or 65 km rides.

We were deployed into buses around the course for the Elite Women’s race.  My first position was on Boundary Road, about 100 metres past the official race starting point, which was on Boundary Road near Portarlington Road.  The whole group of elite cyclists flashed past in the blink of an eye, then it was off for us in the bus for a quick break at the Barwon Valley Fun Park (toilets, not playtime) before redeployment.  Our group was near Queen’s Park Bridge.  By sheer luck I was placed at the top of the course’s last short, but extremely steep hill, on Melville Avenue!  Flash past? – the cyclists did not!  The women’s race only completes one circuit, so the first riders up here had a very good chance of winning.  By this point, the race was very fragmented, with at least 10 minutes between the first group and the last rider.

They all had one thing in common – this was a hard climb!  Without exception, the cyclists were in their lowest gear and off their seats for the steepest part!

A small crowd of cycling fans and locals were assembled and cheered the riders, from first to last.

By the time we were collected and returned to the Waterfront, it was all over.  Who won?  We only heard later!

Sunday, 27th January – Elite Men’s Ride

As the elite men’s ride included the whole course to Barwon Heads, Torquay, Bells Beach and Moriac, as well as an extra 3 complete circuits of the Geelong course, marshals were bidden to be at Deakin Waterfront by 8.45am.  Once again, buses deployed us around the course.

My first placement was on Barwon Heads Road, in Marshall, opposite Barwarre Road.  A group of 3 had formed a breakaway, and, despite the closeness to the start, were already minutes ahead of the field.  The peleton showed no interest in chasing, and were cycling at a sedate pace – 35, 40, 45 kph – who can tell but, in Rod’s words it was ‘a whirr of many wheels’.

Our road closures removed, we were once again redeployed.

Once again, I was fortunate – marshaling pedestrians crossing Western Beach Road on the corner of Gheringhap Street – around 300 metres from the finish.  The cyclists passed this point four times, the last one flat out in the sprint finish.

Once again, it wasn’t till later that we learned the placings.

Elite Women’s Ride

  1.  Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women’s Team
  2. Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
  3. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women

Elite Men’s Race

  1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
  2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
  3. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott

Helen Lyth (Route Marshal)

Add to the CEGORR 2019 story

Cycling Geelong members, please send in your own stories and photos of the 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and People’s Ride so we can share them on this website.

 

Barwon River Circuit: 27th January, 2018

Alex led 20+ cyclists on the circuit.  We had two new riders – Roman and his daughter Lily.  Lily is probably our youngest rider ever and did the ride from the comfort of dad’s small-wheeled trike, which converts into a stroller.

There was a rowing regatta so a dismount was needed near Moorabool Street.  Otherwise, the path as reasonably quiet.  The ride strung out with lots of gaps to allow other path users plenty of space.  Passing under the Queen’s Park Bridge, the first bunch of Cadel Evans People’s riders came through.  David estimated that, to have made this point before 10am, these riders must have averaged around 40kph.  They were riding very strongly and looked as if the Aphrasia climb and Melville Avenue ‘wall’ would be no problem.

As usual, the coffee break was at Barwon Edge.  While sitting there, resting and enjoying refreshments, it was enjoyable to watch the later people’s riders on the lower slopes of the Challambra climb on the other side of the river.  By this time (around 11am), it was the average recreational cyclists making the climb.  The distance and hills were beginning to take their toll on some riders. 

Thanks to Alex for leading this most enjoyable ride.

Congratulations to all our Cycling Geelong members who rode in the Cadel Evans GOR People’s ride this morning – Margy, Kevin, Doug, David S, and any others.  It’s a wonderful achievement whichever ride you chose.  Thanks also to Stephanie and Geoff who were marshalling.  (I think I spotted a glimpse of Stephanie on the lower part of the Chalambra climb – directing the riders past a central road island – they were moving too quickly to be sure.)

On my ride back home, I enjoyed a spin down Church Street.  There were still riders completing the Cadel Evans People’s Ride 110km course at that time (around 12am).

Later, after watching the women’s event live, I cruised down to Steampacket Gardens for the presentations.  With the roads still closed to motor traffic, it was an easy quiet ride.

Congratulations to Chloe Hoskins (who also won the Tour Down Under last week).  Chloe also won the sprint jersey.  Congratulations also to the other place getters, Gracie Elvin (2nd) and Georgia Bronzini, and to Katrin Garfoot (Queen of the Mountains), and Sabrina Stultiens who staged an amazing breakaway on the Chalambra climb and was only caught in the last few hundred metres along the waterfront.

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2018: Launch

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.

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race: a volunteer’s perspective

Thanks to Joy Barnett for sending in this report.

CADEL EVANS GREAT OCEAN BIKE RIDE – what an exciting day on Sunday 1st February, 2015. I volunteered on the workforce and was placed at Eastern Beach where the Race started and finished. Many people from around Australia came to see Cadel ride his last race on his home ground, and one couple flew in Saturday from Perth, WA to see Cadel ride, and they caught the plane home Sunday night after the Race. Hence the excitement, buzz and anticipation of this race in Geelong and the Great Ocean Road to see and support Cadel in his retirement from racing.  Approximately there where 75,000 spectators, all very excited. The viewing of the large screen as we watched every part of the ride helped make us feel part of their journey 174 kls in drizzling rain.  I am so looking forward to this ride becoming an annual event and God willing would like to ride in the People’s short ride 65 ks next year!

Thank you Cadel, you gifted Geelong a World Class Event……………

Geelong, Melbourne? The race start of the Geelong waterfront

Joy Barnett

Thanks Joy for your report, and your support of this ride.  Without volunteers, it would be impossible to run major cycling events like this.