The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will remain in Geelong and on the Surf Coast for at least the next three years.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos announced the state government is backing the event until at least 2025.
Receiving the highest possible sanctioning from the world governing body Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the elite men’s and elite women’s road race have been confirmed as WorldTour events for the next three years.
The four-day festival will return next year from January 26 to 29 and will also feature curtain raiser event the Race Torquay criterium as well as other events for the public to enjoy.
“This is great news for cycling fans and even better news for Victorians, with a new pillar in our major events calendar drawing international cycling superstars while showcasing the state to audiences across the world,” Minister Dimopoulos said.
“With tens of thousands of visitors making their way to Geelong and the Surf Coast, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is a win for local businesses and for local jobs.”
The race is named after Cadel Evans AM, who won the Tour de France in 2011 and lives in Barwon Heads.
“I’m so excited that the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will be back in January 2023,” he said.
“I can’t wait to welcome the world’s elite cyclists and thousands of visitors back to my hometown.”