The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has received a state government funding extension, securing its place on Geelong's major events calendar until 2022.
Named after 2011 Tour de France winner and local hero Cadel Evans AM, the race is regarded as one of the leading one-day Classics outside of Europe.
As the opening one-day race on the UCI World Tour calendar, it attracts many of the world's top cyclists to compete.
The four-day event draws an estimated 100,000 spectators, and injects around $11.35 million into the local economy each year.
It is proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong via Geelong Major Events funding.
The 2019 event will run from 24-27 January, with the Vegemite Family Ride in Geelong on Friday 25 January, the Deakin University Elite Women's Race on Saturday 26 January, and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race for men on Sunday 27 January.
Acting Mayor Peter Murrihy:
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is one of the highlights of Geelong's exciting major events calendar.
It is an event that showcases our region like no other, with thousands of visitors coming to watch live, and images of our beautiful scenery beamed to millions of TV viewers around the world.
We're rapt that the event is now locked in until 2022, and we look forward to seeing its worldwide reputation grow even further.
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is an event that allows fans the opportunity to watch the world’s best male and female cyclists compete on one of the world’s best courses, as well as being able to take part themselves.
We are delighted that the Victorian government continues to support the race, and shares our vision to grow the event into the world’s best modern one-day classic. We look forward to working together to take the event from strength to strength.