The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will remain in Geelong and on the Surf Coast for the next three years after being given the tick of approval by the world governing body Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
The four-day festival will return next year from in January featuring curtain raiser event the Race Torquay criterium as well as other events.
“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,” said Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos.
In 2020, the race attracted more than 120,000 fans with 57 per cent of attendees travelling from outside the region.
“These races remain part of our two leading series of professional road races for men and women, the UCI WorldTour and UCI Women’s WorldTour, which are reserved for the most prestigious events in the world,” said UCI President David Lappartient.
“Named after one of Australia’s great cyclists, they will provide a wonderful showcase for our sport and our hosts in Victoria.”
Cadel Evans said he was excited to welcome the event back in 2023.
“I can’t wait to welcome the world’s elite cyclists and thousands of visitors back to my hometown,” he said.