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Six things we love about the Santos Tour Down Under

From street parties to gourmet galas; regional events to family activities; there's so much to do in South Australia during the Santos Tour Down Under. 

Pedalling across the state from 13-21 January, The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s greatest cycling event, welcoming the world’s best to the city of Adelaide and South Australia’s beautiful regions.

But the fun doesn’t end when the races stop. Tour time provides the perfect opportunity to see, eat and drink your way around the Barossa, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. Explore wineries, hit the surf at beautiful beaches, rub shoulders with world-famous superstars and party-on at gourmet galas and vibrant street parties. 

Wining and Watching

Unley Gourmet Gala, Adelaide

Unley Street Party, Adelaide.

What better way to experience the Santos Tour Down Under than with a glass of award-winning South Australian wine in-hand? Catch the action, then relax on the deck of a stunning McLaren Vale cellar door, the eaves of the leafy Uraidla Hotel  or a world-famous winery in the Barossa’s gourmet capital, Lyndoch.

What: Pop a bottle and raise your glass for Champagne Hour at the Hilton, Adelaide. Each day from 4-6pm, you can schmooze in the Lobby Bar, then head over to the City of Adelaide Tour Village to spot your favourite cycling stars.

Daily, 4pm-6pm
What: Take a seat on the Lyndoch Village Green for Stage 1 and get set for spectacular cycling action with a carnival atmosphere. Once the race is over, lose yourself in Australia’s wine capital, sipping your way around Kellermeister wines, Chateau Yaldara and Hemera Estate.

16 January, 11am-5:00pm

What: Local produce, entertainment, kids’ activities and the unique flavours of the Adelaide Hills will be centre stage in Uraidla as the Bupa Challenge Tour leads pro riders down the sweeping Uraidla High Road. After the race, drink-in and dine on the Adelaide Hills’ freshest produce at the Uraidla Hotel or Lost in a Forest.

When: 19 January, 9am-3:30pm

What: Stage 5 starts in the bountiful McLaren Vale wine region, where the party keeps going all day and night. Grab a post-race glass at world-famous d’Arenberg winery, Hugh Hamilton Wines, Coriole Vineyards or Maxwell Wines.

20 January, 11:10am-3pm

Parties and gigs

Santos Tour Down Under Unley Gourmet Gala

Unley Gourmet Gala, Adelaide.

Jam-packed with quality restaurants and bars, every night is a party in Adelaide during Tour time. With more street parties and celebrations than ever, take your pick from an eclectic range of 2018 festivities

Where: Prospect Road, Prospect

What: Prospect Road is the place to be for live music and food lovers, artists, cultural celebrations and cycling enthusiasts. Revel in live entertainment, taste delicious dishes from local restaurants, sip famed South Aussie wine and let the night linger on at Tourrific Prospect.

15 January, 6pm-11pm

Where: King William Road, Hyde Park

Adelaide foodies, wine lovers, fashionistas and cycling enthusiasts will flock to King William Road for the annual Unley Gourmet Gala on Tuesday 16 January. The Unley Gourmet Gala is an exciting outdoor gourmet experience showcasing some of South Australia's finest food, wine, fashion, music and entertainment.

16 January, 5pm-10pm

Where: Jetty Road, Glenelg

Cool down by Adelaide’s best-known beach for the Glenelg Tour Street Party. Catch the tram from the city, then join the action with food, fashion and live entertainment for the whole family.

17 January, 5pm-11pm

Where: Mt Barker Road, Stirling

Head to the charming Adelaide Hills township of Stirling for Stirling Spin: a day of live music, street performers, food, wine and the race live on the big screen, along with local produce and the famous Stirling Market.

When: 17 January, 10am-3:30pm

Where: The Parade, Norwood

Foodies, families and cycling enthusiasts will flock to The Parade to enjoy live music, children's entertainment and sumptuous street eats at the Norwood on Tour Street Party.

18 January, 5pm-10pm

Where: Victoria Square, Adelaide

Hit107 are bringing a massive Old School House Party to the heart of the city in the middle the Santos Tour Down Under. Join Amos, Cat & Angus for the best old school hits as well as stacks of food trucks and drinks provided by the Hilton, Adelaide. Entry is free.

19 January, 8pm-10pm

The City of Adelaide Tour Village

City of Adelaide Tour Village

City of Adelaide Tour Village.

Considered the heart and soul of the Santos Tour Down Under, the City of Adelaide Tour Village is a gathering spot for cycling fans, an after-work meeting place and a venue to catch up on the day's racing. Watch interviews with cycling stars, grab an autograph, watch pro teams tune-up their bikes and pick up official event merchandise. Enjoy a daily entertainment program with live performances, relive the action on the big screens, test ride the newest-model bikes, check out the latest cycling gear and get inspired at the largest Bike Expo in Australia.

Special Events

Santos Tour Down Under Bupa Mini Tour

Santos Tour Down Under family festivities.

Alongside 2018’s major stages are an awesome range of special events. Peruse gorgeous seaside markets, get your post-race fill at food truck festivals, sip cocktails by the beach or watch all-star riders battle-it-out in the City of Adelaide Tour Village.

Where: The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend

Race around South Australia’s newest motor sport circuit with with Revolve 24. Pick from 24-hour, 12-hour and 6-hour challenges in perfectly smooth, traffic-free conditions. Enter as a soloist or a team of two, four, six or eight. Prizes will be awarded for each category.

13 January, 8:30am-3:20pm

Where: City of Adelaide Tour Village

VirtuGO, the innovative new virtual indoor cycling platform will make its debut in the City of Adelaide Tour Village. The Virtugo Cycling Legends Race will see Australian cycling legends Stuart O'Grady, Robbie McEwen, Phil Anderson and Michael Rogers race head-to-head on a virtual replica of the Willunga Hill race route.

16 January, 6:30pm

Where: Glenelg Beach, Adelaide

The Moseley Bar & Kitchen is launching The Moseley Beach Club on Wednesday January 17 on the Glenelg Beach foreshore. The Beach Club will feature a casual dining area, bar, live acoustic music week nights and DJs on the weekend, with a capacity of 350 people.

17 January onwards

Where: Victor Harbor, Fleurieu Peninsula

Join the magic of a fun-filled day in seaside Victor Harbor. There’ll be something for everyone at the Victor Harbor Loop De Loop with the magnificent Rotary Art Show in Warland Reserve, family activities in the Main Street Precinct and amusement rides on the foreshore.

18 January, 11am-3pm

Where: High Street, Willunga

Meet the growers and taste the best of the region at a special edition of the bustling Willunga Twilight Cycle Market. Browse over 50 stalls selling fresh produce and local products from the region.

When: 19 January, 5pm-8:30pm

Where: McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre Main Road

Head along to Cinema Among the Vines and Twilight Markets held at the Visitor Information Centre in McLaren Vale after Stage 5 of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under. With live music, light meals & bar facilities, chill out after the race and enjoy the hospitality.

20 January, 4pm-8pm

Where: Snapper Point, Aldinga

Join over 10,000 spectators lining the spectacular Snapper Point Esplanade to watch the Tour Down Under riders race-by. Tune into live entertainment at the Aldinga Race Day Market and watch the action on a giant TV screen while you sip drinks from a well-stocked bar and dig into hot food and snacks. You’ll find over 50 stalls and a jumping castle, animals and face painting for the kids.

20 January, 9am-3pm

Where: Union Street, Adelaide

What: The Wilson Parking Carpark Climb 
will see cyclists race the clock from street level to the top of a multi-storey carpark while a DJ spins tunes, drinks flow from two bars and food trucks serve delicious local produce.

When: 20 January, 5:30pm-9:45pm

The Stage 5 Mountain Climb

Stage 5, McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill

Stage 5, McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill.

Stage 5 
is a spectator favourite and is heralded as the 'Queen' stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. The day will start in McLaren Vale, famous for its winemaking. The town is always in party mode during the race, with the peloton headed for the iconic Willunga Hill. Fans flock roadside to cheer on their heroes in what is often the deciding stage of the event.

You’ll find a range of fantastic events around the Fleurieu Peninsula during Stage 5 including the Aldinga Bay Race Day Market, the Peloton Picnic and Cinema Among the Vines.

Stage 5 starts at 11:10am at Main Road McLaren Vale and ends at 2:58pm in Willunga Hill.

Getting up-close to Riders

Santos Tour Down Under meeting and greeting

Santos Tour Down Under meeting and greeting.

You’d have to be lucky to get within sweating distance of a pro-cyclist during a grand European tour. In Adelaide, you'll find superstars of the sport strolling through the city.

Hang outside the Hilton Adelaide and you could easily bump into past Tour de France winners like Cadel Evans, or a Tour de France stage winner and multi-TDU winner like Simon Gerrans. 

It wouldn't be out of the question to bump into Olympic Gold Medal winner Anna Meares wandering through Victoria Square's Adelaide City Council Tour Village.

Flying with your bike

If you’re travelling with your bike, check out Qantas’ sporting equipment guide for details. There is no additional cost to travelling with a bike unless it exceeds your ticketed baggage allowance.

There will be a dedicated check-in area at Adelaide Airport for customers travelling with bikes on Sunday 21 January and Monday 22 January. 

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