In only its second year, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has already become a must-see event of the Australian summer cycling calendar, with news that sprint powerhouse Mark Cavendish will ride in the Elite Men's Race.
The event, to be staged on Sunday 31st January 2016, will be the first time Cavendish will race with his new squad - Team Dimension Data. The team has just been awarded a UCI WorldTour License and no doubt Cav and the crew will be looking to start their 2016 campaign off with a bang.
In a massive coup for the event, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the only race Cav will be competing in during the Australian summer.
“I am looking forward to starting the 2016 season in Victoria and racing for the first time with Team Dimension Data at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
“I've heard great things about the challenging Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race course and I'm especially excited to visit Geelong again – last time I was there was for the 2010 UCI Road World Championships,” said Cavendish.
The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has confirmed that the 1.HC Classification Race will feature nine UCI WorldTour teams (BMC Racing, ORICA-GreenEDGE, Team Sky, Team Katusha, Lotto-Soudal, Trek Factory Racing, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, IAM Cycling and Team Dimension Data), four UCI Pro Continental teams (UnitedHealthcare, ONE Pro Cycling, Drapac Professional Cycling, Team Novo Nordisk) and the Australian National Team.
The ultimate weekend of cycling also includes the Elite Women’s Race and the Momentum Energy People’s Ride, featuring a 65km and 111km course where participants can ride shoulder-to-shoulder with Cadel Evans on his first People’s Ride as a recreational cyclist.
Enter the Momentum Energy People’s Ride here
Thanks to Graham Watson for the great images