Starting on the lower slopes of Mt Macedon, the first road stage will offer fans a unique opportunity to mingle with the stars and then not only watch the race get under way but stay and watch the first hillclimb.

The stage will start from the iconic Mt Macedon Hotel and proceed down the mountain and do an 8 km loop before climbing back up past the hotel for the first hill climb of what will be a tough opening road stage for the event. The race will include the towns of Kyneton, Malmsbury and Taradale that haven't been visited by the Tour in many years.

Mount Alexander will again provide a tough challenge before a fast and furious finale setting the scene for what should be a thrilling finish in the Heart of Bendigo where race will do a six km loop which will allow the spectators a double opportunity to witness the action.

Last year the stage into Bendigo proved the most decisive of the Tour and it should again be won by a strong rider who is able to negotiate the tough climbs and survive the fast finale. We also plan to have the first Frank McCaig Memorial Sprint in Bendigo in recognition of the many years of service that Frank gave to the event both as a rider and official.

 

Viewing Points

Stage 1 - Mount Macedon to Bendigo

Mount Macedon Hotel

Mt Macedon Hotel

Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock

Mount Alexander

Mt Alexander

Bendigo

Bendigo

Set against one of Victoria's great backdrops, The Mount Macedon Hotel will host the start village for stage 1 of the 2015 tour. Quaint food stores in the Macedon village, wonderful walking trails over the mountain or contemplation over a glass of wine are all on offer in the natural wonderland of Mount Macedon and surrounds. The riders won’t get a chance to enjoy the view as within the first 7km they are already attacking one of the toughest climbs of the tour the infamous Mt Macedon. Once completed the event travels passed the famous Hanging Rock and the beautiful towns of Kyneton and Malmsbury. The second major obstacle of the day is Mt Alexander, this was the deciding point of the tour last year. After the descent the race brushes the outskirts of Harcourt with its newly renovated Cycling themed restaurant “Tread Café” before making its way towards Bendigo.

Make sure you leave plenty of time to secure a spot on Pall Mall as the riders negotiate their way through the streets of Bendigo and along Pall Mall where they will do a 3 km loop before finishing in front of the historic Hotel Shamrock. Don't forget to pop into for some top notch hospitality.

Best viewing points are the start at Mt Macedon, the summit of Mt Alexander, and the finish in central Bendigo. Download the course mocka below to find out when the stage will be passing your area.

 

Download Mocka - Course map and route description.

Start: Mount Macedon

Tour the Macedon Ranges and take in what the region is best known for - historic stone buildings, glimpses of Mount Macedon at every corner, boutique cellar doors, fresh farm produce, boutique shops with windows full of treats, exquisite gardens, all manner of specialist art galleries, and restaurant and cafe serving the best of local produce.

The Macedon Ranges is less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne along the Calder Freeway, and only half that time from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport.

Wander the streets of rural villages and take in the atmosphere and discover boutique shops and other treats, be taken by the natural beauty of the Macedon Ranges Regional Park and Hanging Rock, eat and drink your way around the region, or feast your eyes on the floral wonderlands of world class nurseries and private gardens that are open to the public.

For more information on Mount Macedon and the Macedon Ranges, click here.

MACEDON RANGES: MADE FOR CYCLING

The Macedon Ranges is made for cycling with a network of quiet country roads and mountain bike tracks to satisfy even the keenest of cyclists.

Download your copy of the Macdeon Ranges Ride Guide by clicking here and join the Ride Macedon Ranges Club on Strava by clicking here. Copies are also available by contacting the Macedon Ranges Visitor Information Centre on 1800 244 711.

Finish: Bendigo

As a modern thriving city of over 100,000 people Bendigo is a popular destination for important sporting and major events.

Bendigo’s central location and excellent weather lends itself to sporting, cultural and recreational pursuits.  Add to this the city’s beautiful heritage buildings and tree lined streets, first class tourist and natural attractions and warm and welcoming people.

Bendigo has a great deal to offer visitors and the city boasts a unique combination of food, wine, attractions, shopping, cultural, recreation and sporting facilities.  This combined makes Bendigo one of Australia’s best places to live, work, visit and play.

For more information about Bendigo, click here.

 

Transport

Stage 1: Mount Macedon to Bendigo

Mount Macedon, the venue for the start of Stage 1, is approximately 65km from Melbourne and can be reached by car or train. A V/Line train operates regularly from Southern Cross station and takes approximately 1 hour. Alternatively, you can take the one hour drive from Melbourne along the Calder Freeway.

Stage 1 concludes in Bendigo.  The city can be reached by car or train from Mount Macedon.  V/Line train services from Macedon to Bendigo takes just over 75 minutes. Alternatively, you can make the 90km trip in just over an hour by car via the Calder Freeway. From Melbourne, Bendigo can be reached by car in 1 hour 45 minutes via the Calder Freeway. Alternatively, you can board the hourly train from Southern Cross which takes approximately 2 hours.

Visit V-Line for more information on services to Mount Macedon and Bendigo.

Parking

Stage 1 – Mount Macedon to Bendigo - Thursday 5th February

Start at Mount Macedon Hotel, Mount Macedon

Finish at Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo

With limited parking available at the start line the best Spectator parking is along Mt Macedon Rd, before the road closure at Salisbury and Douglas Rds.

Hargreaves Street Multi Storey car park, situated between Williamson Street and Bull Street, is only a short walk to the finishing line. The car park has 290 spaces and no time restrictions. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Road Closures

Mt Macedon Road Closures
Road Name Location Closure Date(s) Closure Times
Mt Macedon Rd. Between Salisbury Road and Douglas Rd. THU 5 FEB 6:45am to 12:05pm

 

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