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Race Melbourne To Light Up Our Iconic Grand Prix Track

14 December 2016

Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park will feature as part of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race next year for the first time.

Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and Major Events Danielle Green announced today the world-famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit would light up as some of the best male and female cyclists take to the track for Race Melbourne.

The criterium-style event will feature elite racing on the track, as well as Australia Day entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Ms Green also announced 13 WorldTour elite men’s teams would battle it out on the Great Ocean Road for next year’s instalment of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. That’s up from nine teams in 2016. Four UCI Pro-Continentals will compete, alongside an Australian national team.

We said we’d grow the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, and we’re doing just that. Next year, two-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will feature in the elite men’s event for the first time.

The biggest and best cycling events attract visitors in their thousands, creating opportunities for businesses and jobs for locals. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is a rare opportunity for communities along the Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road to see their cycling heroes in action.

Race Melbourne will be held on Australia Day, before the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race gets under way on January 27 and wraps up on January 29.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and Major Events Danielle Green

“We said we’d keep growing the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and that’s exactly what we’re doing. Today’s announcement is more proof this is fast becoming one of Australia’s favourite cycling events.”

“Victoria is the cycling capital of Australia. We’re not just the leader for the biggest and best events, we have the circuits and tracks other states can only dream of.”

“Race Melbourne gives Melburnians a chance to experience for themselves the best of everything this great major event offers.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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