Here are Cadel Evans’ favourite bike routes
He’s won the Tour de France and the Men’s World Championship, but this champion cyclist’s top cycling tracks are right right at home in Victoria.
- January 2019
Home to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, as well as the former racing cyclist himself, the Bellarine Peninsula boasts a stunning coastline of sandy beaches and clifftop lookouts. Here, Cadel Evans shares his favourite riding routes – plus the best places to eat, drink and take in the sights – around Barwon Heads and beyond.
Torquay to Bells Beach - 20 minutes
A short but satisfying ride until you reach Bells Boulevard where even pro cyclists find it a hard slog pedalling up the steep hill. But the effort is well rewarded with majestic views towards Bells Beach - and yes, that is the same strip of sand made famous in the ending of cult surf film Point Break.
Park your bike at the cosy and quaint Cafe Moby opens in new window in Torquay to breakfast on enough smashed avocado and caffeine to help you power through your 20-minute ride back. Or end your adventure with a feast of bacon and eggs at the laidback Swell Cafe opens in new window in Jan Juc.
You can also add an extra 30 minute cycle inland to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie opens in new window to reward yourself with a piece of Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race chocolate - these signature sweets have notes of blueberries, freeze dried bananas or cherries.
Point Roadknight (Anglesea) to Teddy’s Lookout (Lorne) - 2 hours
The Great Ocean Road’s real beauty comes to life in this two-hour undulating ride along the coast from Anglesea to Lorne. There is one very challenging hill climb before you arrive at the final destination at Teddy’s Lookout but the endless views of the salty-blue Bass Strait make every thigh-aching pedal worth it.
Quench your thirst at Grandma Shields Bakery opens in new window in Lorne where cyclists are handed free bottles of water before that final push up to Teddy’s Lookout. But you might want to stay a little longer for their best-selling chunky steak pie.
Lorne to Cape Patton Lookout - 2.5 hours
This has got to be the Great Ocean Road at its very best with very little traffic and even better views of the rugged coastline as you go. Take your time along this route to really take in these show-stopping views.
Put the brakes on at Kafe Koala opens in new window in Kennet River where you are sure to see one of Australia’s most lovable marsupials hanging around in a eucalypt tree; this pit-stop is conveniently located only 30 minutes before your final destination at Cape Patton.