Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race at Geelong, , on February 01 2015. Photo: Con Chronis
  • As of Friday afternoon, the weather forecast for the men’s race is as follows:

    “Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Winds westerly 15 to 25 km/h tending northwesterly during the morning then becoming light during the day.”

    So the wind mightn’t be a huge factor, but rain and thunderstorms could make things interesting …

    • The weather has been crazy on the course the last three days and it’s incredibly unpredictable. Plenty of rain, and the winds are swinging to all points of the compass. Calm for an hour then it starts to blow as the rain and thunderstorms move in. Riders would definitely want to be up the pointy end if any storm approaches.

  • Neil_Robinson

    hey matt, do you know of any video coverage of the ladies race?

    • I think it’s just the highlights package during the men’s broadcast, sadly. Wiggle High5 will no doubt have a great video afterwards, and OGE will probably have one too. But yeah, it’s not quite the same as live TV coverage is it?

      • Dave

        I wouldn’t be surprised to see this get increased next year – the success of the WBBL broadcasts by Ten this season caught everyone by surprise and we should see some plans to increase coverage of certain other women’s sport events next summer. A cycling event is much harder to plan for at last minute (unlike Ten’s unprecedented late switching of WBBL matches from One to Ten) but it sends a positive message for next year.

        I think the switch from highlights only to delayed coverage of the women’s road race at the national championships was a good step forward this season. Perhaps CEGORR should be run in a similar manner, with both races on the same day to allow overlapping TV times and just the public event on the Saturday? Unlike the kermesse course for the national championships where delayed coverage was the way to go because there had to be a break between the two races, the big road race loop for CEGORR would allow overlapping live coverage.

  • Steel

    I probably made the same comment last year, but I love watching the pros cover the same terrain I’ve been over. I recently pulled a solo from Geelong train station to Fairhaven into a relentless SW head wind. I arrived about half an hour late, completely withered and gently sobbing to myself. These guys just smash through it.

    It will also be great to see the Froome dog tackle the Alp d’Arthurs at the HS tour in another week. That’s another little regular pain cave for me to climb into.

    • Agreed. I’ve ridden Challambra Crescent the last couple times I’ve been in Geelong and it definitely gives you an appreciation of how good the pros are!

      • Sean

        The problem with this is my time had been in the top 10 for a few years, but this time last year I slipped down to 30 or 40 something, not happy! :-)

  • JasonM

    Gee looking forward to watching the race again this year. Lets hope the channel Nine Muppet that cut to an ad break right at the start of the last climb has been sent back to the cricket or Australians Got no Talent. How hard is it for producers to plan appropriate times to slot in ads – they know the coarse!!

    • Dave

      Cricket Australia take their sport way too seriously to allow Seven anywhere near it.

  • Cameron Harris

    CT peeps: Is there a hill climb comp again this year?

  • Another good tip for the women’s race is Lauren Kitchen. If she can get over the climbs with the lead group, her sprint will put her in good stead.

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