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Tour Down Under

2021 Tour Down Under

Day Tour

2021 Tour Down Under

DIY Tour Down Under

Bike hire

Bike Hire

OVERVIEW

We offer our Santos Tour Down Under guests a large range of options to suit their individual travel likes and needs. All our fantastic Santos Tour Down Under Tours share time on and off the bike together, including Apres ride Aperitifs.

We have two great hotel options to suit your style and budget, a 4-star and 5-star hotel option. Our 5-star hotel option stays at the “Official Tour Down Under Host Hotel” – the Adelaide Hilton hotel, it includes daily breakfast and the hotel has a swimming pool to cool your tired legs at days end.

At the 5-star Adelaide Hilton, you’ll stay in esteemed company, as the Official Host Hotel, it’s the same hotel as the pro riders, officials, media and cycling legends stay at for the duration of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Both our Santos Tour Down Under hotels are selected as they are premium cycling-friendly accommodation. Each room is spacious to cater for you, your bike and biking kit. We’re centrally located to everything for the Santos Tour Down Under. Daily cycling kit, bike wash and tune-up are included in your tour – daily massage is available upon request.

Each spacious room at our 4 star team hotel includes Kitchen and Laundry, we’re located in the centre of the vibrant South End restaurant – residential precinct where you can mingle with locals, sample fine South Australian: wines, beers, ciders, refreshing cool drinks and gourmet food.

On the bike, we’ll show you the best small roads in Adelaide – en route each day we intercept the race to cheer on the pro peloton. Ride as much or a little as you like – our support vehicles will be there every step of the way. We’ll take in the best scenic roads, viewpoints, pause for the finest coffee, and refreshment stops.

We’ll indulge off the bike at Adelaide’s foodie hotspots, restaurant, bars and cafe’s, personally tested by us. You’ll be close to the City of Adelaide Tour Village and we’ll get you up close to the stars of the show, the Pro riders.

As an official travel provider again for 2023, we’ll be the first to know all the event details. Stay tuned for more details or contact us.

Places are limited so we can focus on quality experiences, we sell out early each year for our VIP Final Day – King Of The Mountain Tour and our Multi-Day Tours.

We encouraged you to make an Advance Booking to secure your place. A $395 payment secures your place on our VIP – KOM Final Day Tour & a $750 advance booking guarantees your spot on our Multi-Day Tours at the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia.

Our range of tours are perfect for spectators, non-cyclists partners and cyclists of all experiences, fitness – our helpful and friendly “super domestique” guides ride as fast or slow – as long or little as you need each day.

The Santos Tour Down Under tour suits cyclists, cycling fans, non-cyclist, non-cycling partners or people who’d like to do a bit of riding and race watching. We have a dedicated non-cycling guide and vehicle, so that you are not just following behind a bunch of bike riders, you’ll have your own itinerary, meet up with partners and bike riders each day.

You are in safe hands, we are the most experienced Tour Down Under travel team, Ride International Tours owners Pat and Grace Fitzpatrick are with you for the duration of the Santos Tour Down Under. Your Directeur Sportif Pat Fitzpatrick grew up training and racing on the roads and tracks of Adelaide and the picturesque Barossa Valley. Your co Directeur Sportif Grace Fitzpatrick studied Wine Marketing in the Barossa Valley region.

We’re looking forward to showing you around Adelaide and the Santos Tour Down Under in Mid – Late January 2023.
See you soon.

Ciao Pat and Grace Fitzpatrick

2021 Tour Down Under
TDU race start
2021 Tour Down Under

Our Spring Classics tour provides the ideal mix of “ride more – transfer less”.

The proximity of France, Belgium, Netherlands in this border region allows us to participate in the “must do” Tour of Flanders sportif and Paris – Roubaix Challenge. Plus midweek enjoy our “Belgie Training Camp”, it’s the ideal way to ride each day, recover and with plenty of time off the bike each day to explore.

You’ll have your fill of riding, plus we’ll visit the Tour of Flanders Museum, the World War II Memorial at Menin Gate “The Last Post” to honour the fallen British and Commonwealth soldiers.

We’ll see different aspects of the Spring Classics races, including stage starts, midpoints, feed stations, stage finishes, mixed with a cultural, historic, culinary and beverage experience of Belgium, Netherlands and northern France.

April is a beautiful time to visit and ride the Spring Classics. The atmosphere, passion and knowledge of the fans at the races is unrivalled, the Belgium, Netherlands and northern France fans create an electric atmosphere. We’ll show you the smaller roads, ride the iconic Spring Classic climbs, see famous monuments, picture postcard villages, beautiful cities and stay in lovely hotels.

There’s something endearing about riding a bike in Belgium, Netherlands and France, they are countries practically born and raised on two wheels. The terrain is almost purpose-built for cyclists and cycling is still regarded as each nation’s number one sport in Spring.

Each of our Spring Classics Itinerary’s provides a unique experience as the race routes change a little each year, you can count on riding many of the legendary routes made famous by the Spring and Ardennes Classics including: The Koppenberg, Kwaremont, Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Trouée d’Arenberg – Forrest of Arenberg just to name a few.

Our Spring Classics tour is led by our experienced team who’ve been hosting tours to these races for many years, we’ll get you up close and personal with the Pro riders, to experience the excitement of the incredible Spring Classics, the Tour of Flanders and Paris – Roubaix races. We know how to get the best out of your riding, Spring Classics experience, all in a safe, supported, team like environment.

This tour is perfect for passionate cyclists, cycling fans, non cyclist, non cycling partners or people who’d like to do a bit of riding and race watching. $750 (per person) reserves your spot for the 2023 Spring Classics. Come ride with us, we’re the Spring Classics experts.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Spring Classics in April.

Ciao Pat, Grace, Phil and the Team

YOUR HOSTS

Guide Phil

phil anderson

You’ll spend the famous race days of the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix on a VIP experience with Phil Anderson as we follow the races in our vehicles. Champagne – gourmet picnic lunch’s included enroute during both classics.

Phil was based in Belgium for much of his early pro cycling career, he was passionate about doing well in these early season Spring Classics races, including winning the Amstel Gold Race, 2nd at the Tour of Flanders and many podium places in the one day monument races.

Our experience allows us to see the races at multiple viewing points en route, including being at the finish of the Paris – Roubaix in the velodrome.

Pat Fitzpratrick

PAT FITZPATRICK

Pat is the co founder of Ride Intenational Tours, he lives with his family half the year in Melbourne Australia – the balance of the year in Europe, based out of lovely small village 50km from Barcelona.

Riding from when he could walk, racing since the age of 7. Pat's raced a wide variety of disciplines including BMX, Motorcross, Mountainbike XC, Downhill, 4cross, plus criterium and road racing. As well as hosting cycling tours, Pat still makes time each year to skills coach the next generations of up and coming junior, masters and elite cyclists on MTB, Cyclocross and Road bikes

RAPHA CYCLING TOURS BIKE HIRE

Mens Scott Addict 20 Disc Bike

4 Day Tour of Flanders

$70 AUD per day

Mens Scott Addict 20 Disc Bike

4 Day Paris
Roubaix

$70 AUD per day

Mens Scott Addict 20 Disc Bike

5 Day Belgie Training Camp

$70 AUD per day

Mens Scott Addict 20 Disc Bike

11 day Ultimate Spring Classics

$65 AUD per day

OUR GUEST REVIEWS

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“Both Pat and Grace have excellent people skills, they build relationships quickly, they were always well organised with itineraries or plans for the day re weather, road changes, or unexpected issues that arose. Hard work from them made our tour of two weeks a dream holiday along with all the extra drama of the biggest cycling race in the world.”

- J. & I. Aplin . Napier, New Zealand

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“Thanks very much for a highly enjoyable and excellently run tour. You and your team certainly exceeded my expectations, not only with the rides but local knowledge which helped make life simple.”

- Daren A . QLD, Australia

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“It is the small things that you guys do behind the scenes that makes all the difference. It was an amazing experience to ride in Italy and experience the Giro first hand. Thanks again and looking forward to the next tour.”

- Stephen P . QLD, Australia

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“I first met Pat and Grace on a cycling tour in Europe in 2013. Pat and Grace make the perfect team to run these types of tours, both are friendly, bubbly and outgoing in their personalities and each bring their own invaluable skills to touring with a group.”

- A. Saunders . Victoria, Australia

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“Wow, two of the greatest tour guides I know. Knowledgeable, multilingual, always helpful, a great team to handle your once in a life time tour. I’ve done at least 4 two-week cycle tours with one or both of this husband wife team. Every one has been extraordinary. You will not go wrong with one of these two as your tour coordinators.”

- Tommy. E . USA

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