1 August 2011 by Luke McCormick
Melbourne has been acknowledged as one of the world's top cycling cities, securing the title of ‘Bike City' from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
The international governing body for sports cycling chose Melbourne as only the second city after Copenhagen to receive the prestigious designation.
Criteria for the label include the international standing of the city and its active commitment to develop cycling, such as organisation of cycling events across various disciplines, provision of cycle tracks and other quality facilities.
Victoria hosts a variety of major cycling events that attract local, interstate and international participants, including: the 3 Peaks Challenge, a European-style road cycling event in Victoria's stunning alpine region - arguably one of the most challenging and rewarding cycling experiences in Australia; the Audax Alpine Classic; and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Australia's oldest stage race and the Great Victorian Bike Ride.
The announcement came in the same week that Victorian native Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the gruelling Tour de France cycling stage race.
A resident of Barwon Heads, situated near Geelong along the Great Southern Touring Route, Evans is a proud ambassador for the region and an active member of the local community.
Barwon Heads is the gateway to some of Victoria's most picturesque and diverse cycling routes, and when Cadel is not racking up the miles on the tracks, he is enjoying the region's pristine beaches, wonderful cafes, restaurants and wineries including famed riders pit stop Annie's Provedore & Produce and the Beach House in Barwon Heads.