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2021 Tour Down Under
  • Australia
    LOCATION

    ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

  • DATES:
    Sunday 16th – Sunday 23rd January 2022 (Speculative dates only TBC)

2022 SANTOS
TOUR DOWN UNDER

The Santos Tour Down Under is the first UCI Pro Tour race held each season, it’s a fabulous festival of all things cycling held in Adelaide, South Australia for a week of warm summers days in January each year.

We ride the small roads as only the locals can, in Australia’s little Europe “The Adelaide Hills”. Supported Daily Ride options vary from 45km – 120km (Optional extra km’s are available each day)

Ride through, visit and sample the famous vineyards of the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills, renowned as Australia’s best and most loved wine regions. You’ll sample Australia’s iconic beach culture as we traverse the beautiful white sand and cool blue waters of Adelaide’s stunning coastline.

You’ll be there to see all the Santos Tour Down Under race stages, including relaxing apres ride – sipping Champagne at our VIP European style picnic at the decisive King of the Mountain final stage.

See you in Adelaide soon.

ABOUT OUR SANTOS TOUR DOWN UNDER TOURS

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 2022, 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 2022 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia.

Our range of Santos Tour Down Under tours are perfect for cyclists, cycling fans, non-cyclist and non-cycling partners, or people who’d like to do a bit of riding and race watching.

We have a passionate – 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 at strategic points each day.

The cyclists in our groups can be of all experience and fitness levels and range from introductory to elite level. There’s always plenty of people of your level – our helpful, friendly and passionate “super domestique” guides-staff ride as fast or slow – as long or little as you need each day.

You are in safe hands, we are a very 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 meeting you and showing you around Adelaide and the Santos Tour Down Under in January 2022.

See you soon.

Ciao Pat and Grace Fitzpatrick

John Steffensen, Olympic Silver Medalist from host Australian network Chanel Nine, took a ride and had a chat with our group at the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under.

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

INCLUSIONS

Tour Down Under
TDU race start
Staff kit group

2022 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, Adelaide Hills and the McLaren Vale, Australia’s most well-known wine regions. You’ll be there to see all the stages, including the finish of the exciting “King of The Mountain” 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

ITINERARY

The Itineraries below are a sample only til the official race route is announced

DAY 1 – SUNDAY 16th JANUARY 2022

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. 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. Women’s and Men’s Races.

The Schwalbe Classic is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Santos Tour Down Under, it takes place in the heart of Adelaide, riders take on a challenging circuit through Adelaide’s centre.


 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 Women’s race, 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

PAYMENTS

2022 Santos Tour Down Under Bookings are open!

Secure your spot with a $750 deposit.

We have multiple full inclusion, DIY and Day Tour options available for the 2022 Santos Tour Down Under.

The official Women’s and Men’s race dates for the 2022 Tour Down Under are: Wednesday 14th – Sunday 24th January.

Santos Women’s Tour Down Under Dates:
Wednesday 14th – Sunday 17th January.

Santos Men’s Tour Down Under Dates | Program:
Saturday 16th January: Teams Presentations and Free concert.
Sunday 17th January: The Down Under Classic – Pro criterium/street race.
Tuesday 19th – Sunday 24th January 2022: Six stages of the Men’s Santos Tour Down Under:

* Our Tour Down Under tours sell out each year, we highly recommend securing your position on your preferred tour to avoid disappointment.

$395.00 AUD$750.00 AUD

Clear

No hidden Credit Card fees.

Extra Tour Options

Our VIP Options are part of the Official 2022 Santos Tour Down Under.

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.

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.

* PLEASE NOTE: For Phil Anderson to attend this tour, there needs to be a minimum of 4 guests booked. In the event that Phil does not attend this tour, our experienced, professional team of Australian and local on and off-bike guides will host your tour.

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

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