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The Summer Of Cycling Continues With ‘Race Melbourne’ Criterium On Australia Day

Just days after the success of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under cycling fans are in for a treat with the Race Melbourne men’s & women’s criterium events on Australia Day.

Melbourne’s world-famous Grand Prix circuit will be the place to be with the women’s event starting at 9:30am followed by the men from 12:30pm. Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome leads a big-name line up with the following men’s teams racing –

  • AG2R LA MONDIALE (FRA)
  • BMC RACING TEAM (USA)
  • BORA HANSGROHE (GER)
  • CANNONDALE-DRAPAC PRO CYCLING TEAM (USA)
  • TEAM DIMENSION DATA (RSA)
  • QUICK-STEP FLOORS (BEL)
  • TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN (SUI)
  • TEAM LOTTO NL JUMBO (NED)
  • LOTTO SOUDAL (BEL)
  • ORICA-SCOTT (AUS)
  • TEAM SUNWEB (GER)
  • TEAM SKY (GBR)
  • TREK-SEGAFREDO (USA)
  • AQUA BLUE SPORT (IRL)
  • GAZPROM-RUSVELO (RUS)
  • ROOMPOT – NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ (NED)
  • UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM (USA)
  • KORDAMENTHA REAL ESTATE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TEAM (AUS)

An extension of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, the Towards Zero Race Melbourne will be held on the fan-friendly 5.3km Albert Park circuit. Women will cover 12 laps and the men 22 laps. 

With the Transport Accident Commission a major sponsor, organisation Chief Executive Officer, Joe Calafiore, said Towards Zero Race Melbourne was about “riding towards a future where every journey is safe.”

“As cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and motorists we all have a shared responsibility to use our road system safely and with respect for each other. This race will shine a light on our vision for a future free of deaths and serious injuries on our roads,” he said.

Towards Zero Race Melbourne Event Details – Australia Day January 26

Elite Women’s Race – 12 laps of the 5.3km circuit (total 63.6km)
9:30am start, 11.20am presentations.

Elite Men’s Race – 22 laps of the 5.3km circuit (total 116.6km)
12:30pm start, 3.15pm presentations.

Feature image Courtesy Con Chronis – Orica-Scott Facebook page.

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