Elite mountain bike riders Emma Viotto and Brendan Johnston starred on the first stage.
Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews is one of the favourites to win the road world championships in Norway on Sunday.
But the Australian women are determined to use it as motivation to win the world crown.
It's honour roll is a who's who of Australian cycling, but will the ACTAS cycling program ever be the same again?
Australian cycling legend Phil Anderson says Michael Matthews can join Cadel Evans.
Two-time world champion Rebecca Wiasak has defended her Amy's Otway Tour title.
Chloe Hosking says sanity prevailed after winning world champs selection appeal against Cycling Australia.
Cycling Australia backflipped on its decision to only take five female riders to the event.
But ASC chief executive Kate Palmer confident world champs selections performance based.
Dimension Data rider Nathan Haas is heartbroken he can't help fellow Canberran Michael Matthews win the world title.