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by Mark Zalewski
January 19, 2017
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Cycling Victoria announced the creation of a new race, the Towards Zero RACE MELBOURNE criterium, held on Australia Day, Thursday, 26 January, and preceding the start of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. As well, the 107th edition of Australia’s longest-running cycling race, the Melbourne to Ballarat road race, will be run earlier on the calendar, on Saturday, March 25, as part of a revamp for the one-day event.
“The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is already a fantastic event,” said Hagens Berman Supermint’s Peta Mullens. “Being from Bendigo, Towards Zero RACE MELBOURNE gives me another chance to race on home soil and showcase my home state to my overseas teammates.”
The event will play a similar role as the People’s Choice Classic that kicks-off the Santos Tour Down Under.
The criterium will be held on the 5.3km Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix track at Albert Park, Melbourne, with the women racing 63.6km and the men covering 116.6km.
Cycling Victoria chief executive officer Kipp Kaufmann told The Courier that the date change for the Melbourne to Ballarat road race is part of a strategy to keep the race fresh. As well, a new finish in Buninyong is also under consideration.
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