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.

 

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