The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has been elevated to a top level event after securing a place on the coveted UCI WorldTour racing calendar.
The Victorian race, a 174km one-day classic that takes in Geelong, Barwon Heads, Torquay and Bells Beach, has been awarded a three-year licence by world cycling’s governing body.
Australian cycling legend Cadel Evans said gaining a spot on the UCI WorldTour calendar was a dream come true.
“I am absolutely delighted that our vision has been realised and Australia now has its own modern one-day classic,” Evans said.
“For world cycling this means the classic season will now start in Geelong on January 29, 2017. And, our race will become a critical part of the season with teams and individuals vying for early season points in order to set up their entire year.
“To have such an important race showcase a beautiful region that feels like my ‘cycling backyard’ is something I am very proud of.”
This year’s race attracted some of the world’s best professional cyclists along with more than 100,000 spectators. It was telecast to 140 countries and now it has attained WorldTour status these numbers are set to rise.
The 2017 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is on Sunday January 29 with the Women’s Road Race and a 65 & 111km ‘People’s Ride’ on Saturday January 28.
The announcement brings the total number of events on the WorldTour calendar to 37.
2017 UCI WorldTour Calendar
- 17-22 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)
- 29 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
- 6-10 February: Tour of Qatar (Qatar)
- 23-26 February: Abu Dhabi Tour (United Arab Emirates)
- 25 February: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)
- 4 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
- 5-12 March: Paris-Nice (France)
- 8-14 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
- 18 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
- 20-26 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)
- 22 March: Dwars Door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre (Belgium)
- 24 March: Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (Belgium)
- 26 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
- 2 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
- 3-8 April: Vuelta al País Vasco (Spain)
- 9 April: Paris-Roubaix (France)
- 16 April: Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands)
- 18-23 April: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)
- 19 April: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
- 23 April: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)
- 25-30 April: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)
- 1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt « Rund um den Finanzplatz » (Germany)
- 6-28 May: Giro d’Italia (Italy)
- 14-21 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)
- 4-11 June: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)
- 10-18 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)
- 1-23 July: Tour de France (France)
- 29 July: Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain)
- 29 July-4 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)
- 30 July: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)
- 7-13 August: Eneco Tour (Benelux)
- 19 August-10 September: Vuelta a España (Spain)
- 20 August: Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)
- 27 August: Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)
- 8 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)
- 10 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)
- 30 September: Il Lombardia (Italy)