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    ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

2020 SANTOS
TOUR DOWN UNDER

Ride the small roads as only the locals can in Australia’s little Europe “The Adelaide Hills”.

Ride through the famous vineyards of the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills, Australia’s most well-known wine regions. You’ll be there to see all the race stages, including the decisive King of Willunga Hill finale.

Payments

Advance bookings are now open!

Secure your spot with a $750 deposit.

We have four tour options available for the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under. The official race dates start off with the Down Under Classic on Sunday 19th January and Tour the Down Under, Tuesday 21st to the Sunday 26th January 2020.

$250.00 AUD$3,650.00 AUD

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TOUR INCLUSIONS

John Steffensen from Chanel Nine, Olympic Silver Medalist takes a ride with our group on the 2018 TDU.

Tour Down Under Stage 6

Additional Accomodation

Contact us if you’d like to stay at our Teams Four Star AppartHotel pre or post tour.
We stay in the heart of the South End precinct of the Adelaide City Centre, on King William street. We’re conveniently located a short walk away from the Official Tour Down Under village, our location has a lovely local vibe, we’re surrounded by many great restaurants, cafe’s, bars – riding in and out of our City Hotel each day is a breeze on our carefully selected routes.

Our Tour

We’ve selected great cycling specific accommodation, the rooms are spacious to cater for you, your bike and biking kit. We’re centrally located to everything for the Santos Tour Down Under and daily cycling kit washing is included in your tour.

Each spacious room at our 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 2020, we’ll be the first to know all the event details. Stay tuned for more details.

Places are limited, we sold out early for our 2019 Tour, so we encouraged you to book early. $750 guarantees your spot at the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia. This tour is perfect for cyclists of all experience, fitness – our guides ride as fast or slow – as long or little as you need.

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. Click here if you’d like to view our full 2019 Santos Tour Down Under itinerary.

You are in safe hands, we are the most experienced Tour Down Under travel team, your Directeur Sportif is Pat Fitzpatrick who resides in Melbourne, but grew up training on the roads of Adelaide and the picturesque Barossa Valley.

We’re looking forward to showing you around Adelaide and the Santos Tour Down Under January 2020.
See you soon.

Ciao Pat and Grace.

What an experience you have given me at the Santos TDU… the organising from you was simply amazing, exact timings, transport of luggage, bikes, (especially the bike, always transported with care) food… the atmosphere, everything really – I can’t fault a thing.

Stephen B. (2019)

Grace and Pat go above and beyond to make sure you have a good time

Steph W. (2015, 2014 & 2013)NSW, Australia

Pat and Grace worked tirelessly to make sure everyone’s needs and expectations were met

S. Charlton (2015)Queensland, Australia

You took care of my wife wonderfully… I am grateful and appreciative

David S. (2016)Canada

Nothing was too much trouble, their demeanour was always cheery

Andrew S. (2014)Melbourne, Australia

Grace and Pat are remarkable. Thank you so much!

Claudia H. (2104)Canada

Thanks very much for a highly enjoyable and excellently run tour

Daren A. (2012)QLD, Australia

A big thanks to you for making my trip, as a non-rider, very memorable

L. Green (2010) New Zealand

2020 ITINERARIES

Ride the small roads as only the locals can in Australia’s little Europe “The Adelaide Hills”.

Ride through the famous vineyards of the Barossa Valley and the McLaren Vale, Australia’s most well-known wine regions. You’ll be there to see all the stages, including being at the finish line of the exciting “King of Willunga Hill” Final Stage.

We have four tours to choose from. Below are our itineraries:

Av Daily Distance km

95km

Av Daily Elevation m

1250m Climbing

Difficulty

3.5 out of 5

DAY 1 – SUNDAY 19th JANUARY 2020

ARRIVAL DAY – City Lookout, Waterfalls and TDU Village orientation loop

Pick up: Adelaide Airport
Airport pick up time: 10am – or meet at Hotel 11am
Our Arrival Day Ride: Start 12:30pm.
Distance: 40km. Climbing: 500m
Depart to watch race & Welcome Aperitif: 5pm
TDU Race:  Schwalbe Classic City Circuit. Women’s and Men’s Races.
Accommodation: Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel


More About Our Day:

Take an early flight to the Adelaide Airport. The Ride International Tours team will be there to meet you at the airport at 10am, alternatively, we’ll meet you at 11am at our Team Hotel or choose to stay a night prior at our team hotel. We’ll assist in building up your bike then head out for a ride.


Non-cycling options:

Explore our immediate south end precinct, or we have a tram stop directly in front of our hotel. Take a scenic tram ride in the direction of the Adelaide Oval, Festival Theatre, Museums, Art galleries, Rundle Mall shopping district or in the opposite direction head toward the beachside village of Glenelg, where you can take a swim, work on your tan, shop or relax on the golden sands of the beach.

Ask us for some options based on your personal interests, we have some great recommendations for Adelaide.


Our Ride: Mt Osmond – Waterfalll gully Loop: 40km – 500m climbing

Ride starts 12.30pm. A short warm up ride to get the legs working on our Adelaide Hills Scenic Lookout and Waterfalls loop. You’ll get your bearings from a great secret lookout, you’ll have unobstructed views back over Adelaide and it’s superb coastline.

We’ll traverse back through the city centre and stop by the City of Adelaide Tour Village to have a look at the largest Bike Expo in Australia, watch the team mechanics at work, or organise a test ride of the newest bikes with our friends in the village.

The ride distance although short today, has a couple of punchy little climbs to get you into the spirit of the Santos Tour Down Unders. We’ll be out for a few hours including a visit to the City of Adelaide Tour Village. We’ll be back at the hotel in time to freshen up, then head out to the Schwalbe Classic Criterium in Adelaide’s center.


 TDU Race: Schwalbe Classic City Circuit. Women’s and Men’s Races.

The Schwalbe Classic is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Santos Tour Down Under and returns to the heart of Adelaide for the first time in years, with riders to take on a challenging 1.7km circuit through Adelaide’s centre.

Starting on Flinders Street, near theCity of Adelaide Tour Village, the peloton turns into King William Street, heads through Victoria Square before turning left into Angas Street, then into Chancery Lane and right into Wakefield Street.

A left turn at Pulteney Street then swings the riders back onto Flinders for the long straight to the start/finish line.

Schwalbe Classic Primes
Lap 5: Santos Prime #1
Lap 10: Subaru Prime #2
Lap 15: Ziptrak Prime #3
Lap 20: Prime #4


 Après Bike: Welcome Aperitif – Schwalbe Classic. 

5pm- 8pm:
Meet in Hotel Lobby, depart for race viewing of the Schwalbe Classic Criteriums. We’ll catch the final laps of the Women’s race to see who wins the overall Women’s Tour Down Under. We then see the Men’s Race while we enjoy our welcome aperitif, where you will meet up with other guests, staff and talk about the exciting week of the Santos Tour Down Under ahead.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 2 – MONDAY 20th

VIP Ride DAY- With Phil Anderson.
Southern Adelaide Hills, Picadilly Valley, Backside Mt Lofty – Optional Glenelg Beach – City

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30am.
Distances: 65km, 90km, 110km. Climbing: 1100m, 1500m, 1600m.
TDU Race: Rest Day


Non-Cycling Options: Adelaide Hills – Mount Lofty Loop

Join the group in our vehicle on a sightseeing loop of the beautiful Adelaide Hills, pause for coffee and explore the leafy town of Stirling, it’s one of the gems of the Adelaide Hills.

You’ll visit many of the small towns, valleys, orchards, then head up to Mt Lofty to meet up with the cycling group to enjoy the best views of Adelaide’s city and coastline. Alternatively, ask us for some options based on your personal interests – we can generally infuse more of what you like into each day, maybe some wildlife spotting, a bushwalk – hike or explore Adelaide’s popular Museums, Galleries or Rundle Mall shopping district.

Our Ride: Phil Anderson Loop Ride – Belair – Adelaide Hills – Mt Lofty 

No TDU today, but it’s a big day for us as Australian Cycling Legend Phil Anderson joins us for a big day of riding and adventure in the Adelaide Hills. Roll along side Phil, we’ll pause for a coffee break enroute, it won’t be long before you’ll be hearing some of the finest stories of cycling’s golden era.

We’ll head into the southern ranges, then deep into the Adelaide Hills orchard valleys. We’ll descend back toward the city via the backside of Mt Lofty. Theres and option to head straight to our hotel or continue onto Glenelg Beach for a well earned swim in the cool Adelaideian waters before heading for home to our hotel.


 Après Bike:

Free program to explore Adelaide, it’s restuarants, bars and eateries. We’ll be heading out for a social /informal dinner (non-inclusion), we’ll make a plan for dinner – feel free to join us or relax and put your feet up in your spacious apartment and enjoy your favorite home cooking.
Alternatively, we’ve got plenty of great suggestions, we are based in the south end precinct where you can step out the door for great Italian, Greek, Asian, Gastro pub or Australian fusion food. Let us know your preferred food types, budget and dining style! We’ll point you in the right direction for great local places.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 3 – TUESDAY 21st

STAGE 1 TDU: Barossa Valley, Tanunda – Tanunda Loop. 150km 1270m climbing.

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30am.
Distance: 50km, 60km, 100km. Climbing: 900m, 1050m, 1250m.
TDU Race: Barossa Valley Circuit, 150km – 1270m climbing
Apres Bike: 6.30pm, Meet Hotel Lobby. Welcome Aperitif, 6 Day and 8 day Tours.


Non-Cycling Options: Adelaide Hills – Barossa Valley Wine Region

Join the group in our vehicle on a sightseeing drive through the northern Adelaide Hills, visit a remote National Park area enroute to the famous Barossa Valley Wine region. You’ll meet up with the cycling group in the Barossa Valley to see the exciting first stage of the 2020 Tour Down Under.

Alternatively, ask us for some options based on your personal interests – we can generally infuse more of what you like into each day, maybe some wildlife spotting, a bushwalk – hike or explore Adelaide’s popular Museums, Galleries or Rundle Mall shopping district.

Our Rides: City – Barossa Valley

Options aplenty again today. This morning we’ll traverse the northern Adelaide Hills foothills and ridge roads to the secluded Parra Wirra National park. We’ll pass through some of the regions sleepier historic towns, en-route to Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa Valley.

We have plenty of distance options available depending on how much climbing you’d like to do, our vehicle will be there to support you. Once we arrive in the Barossa Valley we’ll catch the race multiple times today as it loops through the Barossa Valley, we’ll see all the race action of Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under.


MORE ABOUT OUR DAY: Après race, we’ve organised a special visit to one of the Barossa Valley’s premier wineries for a wine tasting, we’ll visit our long time friends at Elderton Wines in Nurioopta.

Here’s what Alistair the owner and Co-Managing Director of Elderton Wines says we’ll experience on a visit to their award winning winery “we promise you a rare, authentic experience which includes a visit to our Command Shiraz vineyard planted in 1894 and culminates in tasting some very special wines including the highly regarded Elderton flagship, Command Shiraz”.

Many of Adelaide’s restaurants allow BYO (Bring Your Own wine), take the opportunity while we are at the Elderton Wines Cellar Door to purchase some of their beautiful wines to bring back to the hotel, or pop some in the fridge for the week ahead.

After our visit we’ll make our way back to the city via the scenic roads of Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley. It’ll be a great day of Tour Down Under, biking, sightseeing and sampling one of Australia’s premier wine regions.

 TDU Race:

The beautiful Barossa Valley hosts the start of the Santos Tour Down Under, this time we’ll have the opportunity to see the peloton pass five times throughout the day. Ziptrak® Stage 1 will start and finish in Tanunda, with a large 30km circuit connecting Bethany, Angaston, Penrice and Nuriootpa.


 Après Bike:

6.30pm: Welcome Aperitif for 8 Day and 6 Day tours. Meet the staff, your fellow guests and talk about the exciting week of the Santos Tour Down Under ahead .


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY 22nd

STAGE 2 –  Adelaide Hills,

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30am
Distance: 50km, 75km, 105km. Climbing: 700m, 1000m, 1600m
TDU Race: Adelaide Hills 135.8km – 2357m Climbing


Non-cycling options:

Join the group in our vehicles on a sightseeing loop of the beautiful Adelaide Hills, we’ll pause for coffee and explore the old German Settlement town of Hahndorf, it’s a unique gem of the Adelaide Hills.

Enroute to Stirling to watch all of the action of the Santos Tour Down Under, you’ll take the small roads and pass through many of the quaint towns, valleys and orchards of the Adelaide Hills. Watch the final exciting laps of the Stirling Santos Tour Down Under circuit, you’ll see the race finish, the jersey presentations, then head back via the City of Adelaide Tour Village to our Team Hotel.

or Alternatively, ask us for some options based on your personal interests – we can generally infuse more of what you like into each day, maybe some wildlife spotting, a bushwalk – hike or explore Adelaide’s popular Museums, Galleries or Rundle Mall shopping district.

 
Our Rides: City – Adelaide Hills – City 

Plenty of distance and climbing options todays, you may like to skip the first big climb up into the Adelaide Hills it’s nearly 20km, as we head straight up into the Adelaide Hills via Eagle on the Hill and onto Adelaide’s highest vantage point Mt Lofty.

We regroup at the top of Mt Lofty, from here we are over the first big climb and we are now cycling through the “Little Europe” of the Adelaide Hills – and onto the German Settlement of Hahndorf. After a quick snack and coffee in Hahndorf, we’ll loop back through the scenic Adealide Hills. We’ll pick up the race route and ride ahead of the peloton to todays race finish area in Stirling.

We’ll catch the stage finish today, it’s sure to be exciting, we expect the overall race contenders to make thier move today on this tough finishing circuit.

After the race finish and presentation, we then follow the pro team riders and head back down to the city by bike, it’s a real buzz to follow the Pro’s down through the Adelaide Hills – or relax in the airconditioned comfort of our vehicles and head back to our team hotel.


 TDU Race: Woodside – Stirling 135.8 km – 2357m Climbing

The Adelaide Hills are the most frequented region of the Santos Tour Down Under and once again the race will host several passes, the first commencing with Novatech Stage 2 from Woodside to Stirling. The peloton will complete four loops of Woodside and surrounds, including two ascents of Quarry Road for points in Charleston.

On the fourth circuit the riders will deviate east towards Oakbank and Balhannah before the very gradual descent towards Mylor via Hahndorf. Here, the peloton will hit the popular ‘hills circuit’ connecting Mylor, Aldgate, Stirling and Heathfield four times before a sprint finish in the main Stirling township.


 Après Bike:

After freshening up back at our hotel after a great day – it’s a free program tonight to explore Adelaide, it’s restuarants, bars and eateries. We’ll be heading out for a social /informal dinner (non-inclusion), we’ll make a plan for dinner, feel free to join us – or relax and put your feet up in your spacious apartment and enjoy your favorite home cooking.

We’ve got plenty of great suggestions, we are based in the south end precinct where you can step out the door for great Italian, Greek, Asian, Gastro Pub or Australian fusion food. Let us know your preferred food types, budget and dining style! We’ll point you in the right direction for great local places.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 5 – THURSDAY 23rd

STAGE 3

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30pm.
Distance: 50km, 80km, 105km. Climbing: 700m, 1300m, 1600m.
TDU Race: Unley – Paracombe 131km – 2614m Climbing


Non-cycling options:

8am: Join the group in our vehicles on a sightseeing loop of Adelaide’s beautiful white sandy beaches. We’ll pause at one of our favorite beaches for a photo stop and to dip your toes into the beautiful blue waters. We then visit the Santos Tour Down Under race start in Unley, it’s only a few Km’s south of the city.

The Unley high street shopping precinct is always an exciting race start location, it has some nice outdoor/high street shopping, cafes and bars. This stage start in Unley is a great opportunity to see the pro riders up close for photo’s / selfies and a chat. After the stage start we head back to our team hotel.

11.45am: Our vehicle departs the Hotel to head to the Torrens Hill Road KOM, it’s sure to be exciting to see the race here today, former overall winners have made their winning move on todays final steep climb, crowds will be bigger today so we need to hustle to arrive in time to secure a good location. The atmosphere and excitement on the KOM will make it a great afternoon – or alternatively if you fancy relaxing this afternoon on some selfguided activities, we suggest departing the hotel on Foot/Tram to explore Adelaide Central Markets, our suggested lunch option and local favourite is Gnocchi Bolognese at Lucia’s Italian café in the Adelaide Central Market. Apres lunch explore the City of Adelaide Tour Village and Expo .

or Alternatively, ask us for some options based on your personal interests – we can generally infuse more of what you like into each day, maybe some wildlife spotting, a bushwalk – hike or explore Adelaide’s popular Museums, Galleries or explore the Rundle Mall / Rundle Street shopping districts.

Our Rides: Morning: Adelaide – Coastal Loop – Unley Race Start – City
Afternoon: City – Gorge Road – Paracombe Race Viewing – City

City Beaches ride, then onto the Santos Tour Down Under Stage start to catch all the pre race action and excitement. We then head through the city and past our hotel. The second part of our ride day being an “optional ride” into the Adelaide Hills – or rest up your legs and prepare for tomorrows big ride “The Advertiser – Challenge Tour”.

After passing by our hotel in the city, the optional ride into the Adelaide Hills climbs up via the stunning Gorge Road to the Torrens Hill Road KOM, it’s sure to be exciting to see the race here today, former overall winners have made their winning move on todays final steep climb.

After the race passes us, we’ll traverse the Adelaide foothills, if anyone is feeling frisky there’s an optional extra available to tackle the tough Corkscrew road climb. We’ll all descend back into the City of Adelaide Tour Village and onto our Hotel to ready ourselves for tomorrows Challenge Tour.


 TDU Race:

Subaru Stage 3 sends the peloton out of Unley into the Adelaide Hills for one of the more complex stages of the Santos Tour Down Under in recent memory. After departing Unley under neutral, the peloton will climb the South Eastern Freeway and exit at Crafers before tackling the previously used route between Piccadilly, Summertown and Uraidla.

Working their way back towards Lobethal, the riders will descend Fox Creek Road towards Cudlee Creek, then turn back towards Lobethal, pass through the township’s main street and exit to Gumeracha.

This is where the fun begins. Riders will ride into Cudlee Creek and through Chain of Ponds to reach Inglewood, where they will again take on the circuit linking it to Houghton and Paracombe four times before doubling back towards Cudlee Creek and descending Gorge Road.

At Torrens Hill Road, the riders will dig deep for the final climb of the day into Paracombe.


Après Bike: VIP Guest: Phil Anderson

Meet Hotel Lobby: 6.30pm for a European Style Aperitif for the 4 Day, 6 Day and 8 Day Tours. Meet up with other guests, staff, talk about the Tour Down Under ahead. Special VIP Guest: Phil Anderson will talk us through tactics for tomorrow Challenge Tour as well as tell a few tales from his time in the Golden Era of cycling.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 6 – FRIDAY 24th

STAGE 4: Norwood – Murray Bridge.

Breakfast: From 5am
Our Rides: 5:30am. Ride Start: 162.2km – Ride Starts From Hotel
5.45am: 78.5km, 110km Rides Transfer in Vehicles to Start Points.
Ride Distances: 78.5km, 110km, 162.2km. Climbing:  950m-1250m-1950m.
TDU Race: Norwood – Murray Bridge 152.8km – 1946m Climbing


Non-cycling options:

We take a scenic trip in our vehicles into the Adelaide Hills. We’ll visit Adelaide’s highest point, the Mt Lofty Lookout. We then head to Hahndorf the small German settlement in the Adelaide hills to wander around and explore this quaint settlement. We then make our way to the town of Murray Bridge, which sits on Australia’s longest river “The Murray River”, to cheer our riders over the Advertiser Challenge Tour Finish line.

While the amateurs are still coming in, we’ll settle in to watch the Tour Down Under pro race approaching on the big screen TV. This fast stage on rolling flatter roads toward Murray Bridge will be very exciting. Tour Down Under finish is at approximately 3:10pm. We’ll watch the presentation of the Winners jersey’s, then transfer back 90 minutes to our team hotel in the city.

Our Rides: The Advertiser Challenge Tour – Granfondo.

5.30am: 162.2km Ride Departs from our city hotel to the Norwood Parade Start area it’s 5km to the start area. 6am: Race Start Time:

5.45am: Our Shorter Ride distances: Depart from our hotel, you’ll transfer by vehicle to your preffered start location:
Williamstown: 110km / 1250m – Ride Starts: 7am
Mt Torrens: 78.5km / 950m – Ride Starts: 7.30am

More About the Day: The Stage sets out from Norwood and travesese the foothills prior to commencing the popular ascent into the Adelaide Hills via Gorge Road.

After the Gorge Road climb, riders will traverse a lumpy profile to Kersbrook before ascending to Williamstown and veering south to Mount Pleasant.

The final climb at Mount Torrens is a reasonable 5.4% average, and is the curtain-raiser to a downhill out of the Hills and to the Murray River flats, where riders hit Mannum before pushing out the final 30km to finish in Murray Bridge.

Our Good friend and former Italian Pro, Fabio Sacchi won the last stage to finish in Murray Bridge – all the way back in 2001. read on.
Remember when?  The Tour finished in Murray Bridge? If you can, count yourself among the top fanatics of Australia’s Greatest Cycling Race – because that was way back in 2001 when Italian Fabio Sacchi (Saeco Macchine Per Caffé) claimed honours at the line in a sprint finish. 2020 will be the first time the town has hosted a finish of the race as a WorldTour event.

After a fantastic day on the bike racing along on todays Stage 4 race course, we all meet up at the finish line in Murray Bridge, enjoy lunch – then watch the pro’s battle it out over the same stage. After the race has finished we transfer 90 minutes back to our city Hotel in our vehicles.


 TDU Race: Satge 4 Norwood – Murray Bridge 152.8km – 1946m Climbing

Stage 4 sets out from Norwood under neutral before commencing the popular ascent into the Adelaide Hills via Gorge Road. This stage is straightforward and will suit a sprint finish.

After the Gorge Road climb, riders will traverse a lumpy profile to Kersbrook before ascending to Williamstown and veering south to Mount Pleasant.

The final climb at Mount Torrens is a reasonable 5.4% average, and is the curtain-raiser to a downhill out of the Hills and to the Murray River, where riders hit Mannum before pushing out the final 30km to finish in Murray Bridge.

Ziptrak® Sprints
18.1km, Cudlee Creek Hotel, Gorge Road, Cudlee Creek
40.3km, Victoria Terrace at George Street Reserve, Williamstown

Subaru King of the Mountain
76.4km, Prospect Hill, Terlinga Road at Black Heath Road, Mount Torrens, Category 2, 5.4% ave

San Remo Pasta Feed Zone
79.7km, Terlinga Road between James Road and gravel siding, Tungkillo

Total Climbing (exc race neutral): 1946m
Maximum Elevation: 529m


 Après Bike:

Free program to explore Adelaide, it’s restuarants, bars and eateries, we’ll be heading out for a social /informal dinner (non-inclusion), we’ll make a plan for dinner – feel free to join us or or relax and put your feet up in your spacious apartment and enjoy your favorite home cooking.
We’ve got plenty of great suggestions, we are based in the south end precinct where you can step out the door for great Italian, Greek, Asian, Gastro Pub or Australian fusion food. Let us know your preferred food types, budget and dining style! We’ll point you in the right direction for great local places.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 7 – SATURDAY 25th

STAGE 5 – Glenelg – Victor Harbour

Breakfast: From 7am
Ride start: 8am
Our Rides: 45km, 60km, 90km Climbing: 150m, 200m, 1000m
TDU Race: Glenelg – Victor Harbour 149.1km – 2004m Climbing


Non-cycling options:

Join the group in our vehicles as we head to todays stage start in Glenelg, it’s a popular seaside  village and has a beautiful white sandy beach. Explore the village area of Glenelg, then watch the pro riders prepare for their day. Glenelg beach race starts are great, the riders are generally more relaxed, you’ll find them sitting at the local cafe’s having a final coffee pre race start.

Our Rides: Active Recovery Day “Tapering Day” City Beaches – Race Start – Adelaide Hills

Today we’ve pencilled in an active recovery “Tapering Day” – after yesterdays Challenge Tour by the Advertiser Granfondo, everyone’s legs will be tired plus we’ll need to back up again on Sunday for our Willunga Hill rides.

We’ve designed flattish City Beaches rides to roll the legs over, then we head to the Santos Tour Down Under Stage start at Glenelg Beach to catch all the pre race action and excitement, it’s a great place to snap some “Selfies” with the Pro Riders and Team Staff.

We then head through the city and past our hotel. The second part of our ride day being an “optional ride” into the Adelaide Hills – or rest up your legs, take an afternoon siesta – press your best off bike kit to ready yourself for tonight’s Legends Night Dinner – or rest and prepare for tomorrows big Willunga Hill ride.


 TDU Race: Glenelg – Victor Harbour 149.1km – 2004m Climbing

As with the 2019 edition of the race, Stage 5 sets out from Glenelg towards the Fleurieu Peninsula, but this time the peloton will head to Strathalbyn to then deviate south to a finish in Victor Harbor. This stage could suit a breakaway, with a final climb just before the finish a chance to split the peloton before the finish in Victor Harbor.

Remember when?
Last time the race came to Victor Harbor was two years ago. That marked Elia Viviani’s first win at Deceuninck – Quick-Step and proved to be the first of a big year of wins for the team, which would go on to post a record 90 victories for the year.


 Après Bike:

Dinner with the stars, tonight is the optional VIP Legends Night Dinner, click through here for more details – we highly recommend The Legend Night Dinner, it’s all inclusive three-course dinner accompanied by fine wines, beer and cool drinks. The dinner is a first class night of entertainment, it includes some of the world’s VIP cycling greats, past and present.

The Legends Night Dinner is consistently a highlight for our Tour Down Under, it’s a night of glitz and glamour. Guests and our staff who attend each year really enjoy the night every year, it’s a unique event in the world of Pro Cycling.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 8 – SUNDAY 26th

STAGE 6 TDU: Kings Stage, Mclaren Vale – Willunga Hill
DEPARTURE DAY – late flights out of Adelaide Airport – after 8pm.

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30pm.
Distance: 60km, 85km, 145km. Climbing: 500m, 1200m, 1900m.
TDU Race:Mclaren vale – Willunga Hill 151.5km
Airport Transfer: 6.45pm: Depart Hotel Lobby – 7pm: Arrive Adelaide Airport
Accommodation: Optional Additional Night: Adelaide City Centre, King William South – 4 Star AppartHotel. Contact us to arrange.


Departure day out of Adelaide – *Late flights out after 8pm* or choose stay an additional night, relax and enjoy the last evening of  TDU festivities


Our Rides: Adelaide Hills – McLaren Vale Vineyards – Willunga Hill 

Distance: 65km, 85km, 145km. Climbing: 500m, 1200m, 1900m.
Ride from our Hotel via the challenging Southern Adelaide Hills and Valleys ride to McLaren Vale to see the race start 65km, then an additional 10km to the top of the King of Willunga Hill ,75km total.
Optional – After the excitement of watching the Kings stage, the final presentation, ride home to the city  55km-500m climbing or take the trip back to the city in the comfort of our vehicles.
Note: Pack a day pack to put into our vehicle with your civilian attire and comfortable shoes. Change when you arrive at the Willunga Hill finish, you’ll be able to relax in comfort at our European style picnic lunch, watch the race and move about with style and panache.


 TDU Race: Mclaren Vale – Willunga Hill

After the awesome finish to the Tour in 2019, the ‘Queen’ stage retains its race-ending position in 2020. The peloton will take on the traditional route from McLaren Vale to Willunga, Aldinga Beach, and Tatachilla before tackling two climbs – including the finish – of notorious Willunga Hill.



 Après Bike:

If you are flying out today – when we return to the city from Willunga Hill late in the day, we’ll assit you to pack your bike and transfer you to the Adelaide airport for your flight home – * Flights out after 8pm*.

If you aren’t flying out tonight – thats a very good idea, Adelaide Airport will be very busy – Although it’s a free program to explore Adelaide, it’s restuarants, bars and eateries, we’ll be heading out for a social /informal dinner (non-inclusion), we’ll make a plan for dinner – feel free to join us, it’s a great night to relax knowing there’s no early start for a ride, there’s always plenty to do and celebrations to be had on the final night of the Tour Down Under for another year.

We’ve got plenty of great suggestions, we are based in the south end precinct where you can step out the door for great Italian, Greek, Asian, Gastro Pub or Australian fusion food. Let us know your preferred food types, budget and dining style! We’ll point you in the right direction for great local places.

Advance Bookings:

We open up our Advance Reservations for trips so you can book well ahead. Guarantee your position by booking up to 12 months prior.

If you’d like to organise and book your trip more than 12 months prior, contact us via email or phone, we’ll arrange everything so you can make an advanced early booking.

An advance booking, accompanied by a fully refundable $750 AUD (Australian Dollar) ensures priority booking status when the trip details are announced. Note, an advance booking is not considered final until payment is received.

Once specific trip itinerary details are finalized, we’ll contact everyone on the advance reservation list via email, we’ll include the itinerary and offer a priority booking position before opening up bookings to the wider community.

If a trip fills – as it often does in the advance bookings, we create a waiting list and then offer reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis (based on the date the advance reservation was made) once our advanced booking guest have finalised.

To cancel an advance reservation a cancellation request must be submitted in writing/ via email within 14 days of the trip details being published. The (AUD) $750 advance reservation payment will be immediately refunded for any cancellation received within this 14-day period.

Final Payments:

The balance of your trip payment is due no later than 120 days prior to your trip departure date, we will forward via email your final payment invoice. You can choose to make full payment earlier if you prefer to finalise your trip payment early, contact us and we will arrange for an invoice to be sent.

What if I have to transfer, change or cancel my trip:
We understand you may not be able to go on your trip, cancel, change or transfer due to personal or medical reasons. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to transfer to another trip that has places available. If you have a question give us a call or email.

Due to the high demand, limited hotel availability and the advance payments expected by our hotels and restaurants we use, the following cancellation conditions apply to all of our trips.

AFTER BOOKING, IF YOU CANCEL:

120 – 91 days prior to departure 50% cancellation fee of the trip price
90 – 61 days prior to departure 75% cancellation fee of the trip price
60 days and less prior to departure 100% cancellation fee of the trip price
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Years of Experience

63

Tours Completed

1,384

Trip Guests

32,926km

Cycled on Tour

238

Hotels Visited

Your experience is our passion

What Makes Us Première Classe

Experience, Since 2007

We’ve been on the ground running tours for over a decade and have long graduated from the School of Rookie Mistakes. We’ve accumulated thousands of kilometres in knowledge that goes into planning our itineraries and running our trips. When you’re with us, we’ve got your back. We want to see you achieve what you came here for. That’s why we build in contingencies for our contingencies so no matter what challenges the race, road or rain throws at us, we have a solution that will bring a satisfied smile to your face at the end of each day.

Trips Guaranteed To Run

We believe that our trip numbers should never be your problem. Whether our group size is 3 or 33, we run all of our trips to the same premium standard. We value your trust in us and understand how excited you must be. Once you’ve booked your spot on any of our trips, that’s it – you’re coming. So confirm your annual leave, book your flights and start packing!

More Ride Options

We understand that this is your cycling holiday and that you have your own goals and desires. We get to know you and give you a minimum of 3 ride options every day, so you can tailor your trip and manifest your dreams. Our goal is to have you achieve and experience everything you’ve set out to – and more. As corny as it sounds, there is nothing more rewarding for us than your smile at the end of each day. Oh, and hugs. We love hugs, especially after you’ve achieved something so meaningful to you.

Ride More, Transfer Less

We know you’d much rather be sitting on your bike than in a vehicle, so we design our itineraries to ride more and transfer less. There’s a great sense of satisfaction that comes with riding point to point so, whenever possible, we build this into our itineraries. Riding more and transferring less is also achieved by multiple nights stay in strategically located hotels, so there’ll be times throughout the trip where you can unpack your bags and call your room home for a few days.

Spectators Welcome

Whether you’re a fan of Pro Cycling, or your partner is a cyclist – you are welcome and encouraged to join our trips. Taking care of spectators is a specialty of ours. We give you plenty of options throughout the tour. Whether you want to experience the beauty of the ride routes by vehicle and join up with your cycling partner en route, cheer the pro-riders at race viewing points or spend time wondering the beautiful villages and cities we visit – the choice is yours. We ensure you have as much fun and adventure as the cyclists each day.

We Are "Details" Nerds

There really is no other way to put it. We. Love. Details. We consider every inch of your holiday from the pre-tour organising and planning to the on-tour running of it all. Every decision we make is about giving you the best possible experience. We want you to switch off and enjoy the ride. We know what it’s like to work hard for something, and we love to make you feel rewarded for your efforts. Let us handle the details, so all you have to focus on is having the best time and creating lasting memories.

Pro Bike Mechanic & Rider Support

Each trip has a professional bike mechanic and rider support vehicle. We carry a pro-team work stand, extensive toolbox, essential parts, hydration and nutrition aboard our dedicated support vehicle. Should anything occur en route, we’ll have you sorted and back on your bike in no time.

Bike Security

We take the security of your bike and belongings very seriously when you entrust them into our care. We go the extra mile by implementing a number of security measures and only choose hotels that supply us with secure storage options. We are proud to say that since our first tour in 2007, we have never experienced any problems with personal belongings or bike security on any of our trips.

Fabulous Accommodation

We believe accommodation is more than just a bed for the night. It’s a place to call home when you’re living out of a suitcase. We choose a variety of comfortable, characterful and quality accommodation styles to give you a complete experience. From city chic to family run chalets and everything in between.

Global & Local Experience

When you travel across the globe to be with us, we get excited. We love sharing everything we know and love about the people and places we visit. We ride the secret backroads, reveal the best hidden cafés, introduce you to incredible regional produce and have you feeling like one of the locals sooner than you can say bonjour, buongiorno and hola.

Local Lingo

Travelling to a country where the locals don’t speak your language, can be daunting. So that’s where our local lingo can help alleviate your apprehension. We’ll give you some basic tips on how to interact with the locals so you get the most out of your experience. You don’t have to be an expert, just have a go and remember to pack your sense of humour as there’ll be lots of laughing along the way.

Safety & Skills Coaching

We want you to go home to your family in better condition than when you left, so we place importance on your safety and skills. We’ll infuse you with tips, tricks and customs of riding in the countries we visit to give you the best cycling experience in the safest, most enjoyable way. As part of our service, we offer complimentary skills coaching en route for those wanting to hone any area of their biking. Expert skills coaching has been a unique area of our business for over 20-years, having fine-tuned the skills of pro-cyclists, Olympians, national and world champions.

Travel Tips

We’ve learnt a lot about travelling over the years. Once you’ve booked your trip with us, we can advise you on tips and tricks that will help make your travel experience more enjoyable, less stressful and have you well rested and ready to start your trip in optimum form.

Friendships

One thing you may not have considered when booking your future holiday is the opportunity for friendships. We pride ourselves on creating a group culture with great camaraderie that support and cheer for each other. It’s quite common for our trip participants to become lifelong friends (with us and with each other). Friendships that span the globe is one thing that really gives us a warm fuzzy feeling.

Your Goals Matter

Booking a cycling trip is a great motivator to set health, fitness, riding and travel goals. We are here to cheer you on and guide you through your preparation and link you up to other tour participants upon request. On tour, we do everything we can to see you achieve your goals and celebrate those milestones with you. Our flexible yet organised approach means that we’ve never cancelled a landmark ride in our 10+ year history. Your goals matter and we love seeing you reach them.

We Bring Out The Best

This is our philosophy – our heart and soul. At any given time, we bring out the best of that moment. We’ll show you where to stop and smell the roses, take in the most spectacular views, capture the best selfies and drink the best coffees. We are about savouring the moments and reminding you that you are in the best place at the best time.

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