Revving up for Towards Zero Race Torquay

Published on 07 January 2020

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Councillor Margot Smith won’t have to look far for inspiration as she prepares to saddle up for her sixth Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (CEGORR) Swisse People’s Ride.

The Anglesea Ward councillor will travel to Torquay on Thursday 30 January 2020 for the inaugural Towards Zero Race Torquay – the official precursor to the CEGORR.

“The start/finish line area on the foreshore will be absolutely buzzing and that’s where I’ll be, no doubt in awe of the world-class cyclists as they speed past,” she said.

“We are so lucky to welcome the world’s best female and male riders to the Surf Coast for this race. It’s going to be incredibly inspiring, seeing them up-close multiple times and witnessing the exciting finish.”

Towards Zero Race Torquay is a 13km circuit, with the women to complete eight laps while the men will complete 10. The best place to catch the action will be the Event Village, located on the foreshore area near The Esplanade-Price Street intersection. Another popular viewing point will be Bell Street.

“The best thing about this event is that you don’t have to be a cycling fan like me to enjoy it,” Cr Smith said. “As well as the race action, there will be a great afternoon and evening of entertainment. From delicious food stalls and boutique bars, to music and kids’ activities, I encourage residents and visitors to make the most of it.”

Heading in a clockwise direction, the Race Torquay course starts on The Esplanade near the Price Street intersection and takes in Bell Street, Great Ocean Road, Duffields and Messmate Roads, before heading back via South Beach Road, Horseshoe Bend Road and The Esplanade.

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