2016 Santos TDU 8 Day Premium Race HQ Trip

The Full TDU Experience Our Popular 8 Day Premium Fully Supported Trip Staying at Race HQ, The Adelaide Hilton

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TRIP DETAILS :
Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Dates: Sunday, January 17 – Sunday, January 24, 2016
Start-Finish: Adelaide
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel‎
TRIP COST: AUD$3500.00
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD$1340.00
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Tour inclusions:

  • 7 nights accommodation at the Adelaide Hilton
  • Airport Collection on Sunday, January 17
  • Airport Return on Sunday, January 24
  • Full buffet breakfast each day
  • Gourmet winery restaurant lunch with wines included
  • Pre dinner drinks and appetizers at a local wine bar
  • Picnic lunch including cold drinks
  • Gourmet BBQ Lunch including wine and beer at Willunga Hill finish
  • Daily viewing of the Santos Tour Down Under
  • All transport for you and your bike, including support for non cyclists
  • Expert advice and mechanical assistance
  • Guided rides each day with opportunities to ride the course
  • Detailed Itinerary including maps
  • Full Bikestyle kit including cycling jersey, knicks, musette and cap
  • Trip Pack: Info on how to prepare for your trip and what to take

Sunday 17 January – Down Under Classic– East End, Adelaide (51 km)

TODAY IN THE RACE

Date: Sunday 17 January 2016
Start and finish: Adelaide
Start time: 7.00pm
Finish time: 8.00pm*ETA
Race distance: 51km
* time subject to change due to live television broadcast

The Down Under Classic is a fast-paced closed circuit road race held as a preview to the Santos Tour Down Under.  Savour the buzz as top international cyclists hit city streets for the first time in 2016 on a tight city circuit of 30 laps, ensuring the action is non stop. See the winning riders’ jersey presentations after the race finish at the Ochre Presentation Podium.

Your Bikestyle Tours package starts by us meeting you at Adelaide Airport followed by our transfer to Race HQ, at the Hilton Adelaide where we spend the next 7 nights.  The Hilton Adelaide Hotel is the Santos Tour Down Under’s official host hotel. In January 2016, the world’s cycling stars, media and the cycling fraternity will converge and transform the Hilton Adelaide into the cycling centre of Australia.

The Hilton Adelaide is the only place to see the stars of cycling in a relaxed atmosphere, whether it is in the lift, the Lobby Lounge or at the Bar. All the media and the Media Centre are here as well so if you are keen for the latest news, look no further! Beautifully located overlooking Victoria Square and the Adelaide City Council Tour Village, Hilton Adelaide is at the heart of the city’s entertainment, shopping and dining precincts and right next door to the vibrant Adelaide Central Market.

On arrival in Adelaide today the Bikestyle Tours staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel where you can check in and get your bike assembled. If you need help we will be on hand. Depending on your arrival time you can join us for a short ride along the beaches around 3:00pm this afternoon, or take a stroll through the nearby Rundle Mall and explore the city.

Later in the afternoon we will head down to watch the Down Under Classic, the traditional pre-race criterium. The atmosphere is electric and the racing is fast so it’s well worth a look! If you are a Club Tour member we will get away a little earlier to get you to your hospitality in plenty of time. You also might want to go earlier to see the Women’s Criterium which is always a great lead up to the Down Under Classic.

Maybe think about coming a day early and go to the Team Presentation and the Great Opening Concert which is just in front of the Hilton in Victoria Park and on Saturday night and then follow up with the Ride Like Crazy early on Sunday morning. It’s a great event and all for Charity: http://www.ridelikecrazy.com. After checking out all the exhibitors in the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo, head to the main stage and see all the 2016 teams presented to the public for the first time. Enjoy the atmosphere and hear from your favourite riders before they hit the road. Make sure you stick around for the opening night concert after the team presentation.

If you would like us to book you a room for Saturday night you can book it with your trip in the Reservations Form below.

Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo

Also situated directly in front of our hotel in the newly redeveloped Victoria Square will be the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo.

This is where the teams make their base for the week. It is a hive of activity. Each night be sure to watch the genius of the mechanics at work, catch a glimpse of the riders as they finish for the day (don’t forget your autograph book!), catch-up on all the race results, buy your official race merchandise and take a look at the trade displays.

The outdoor space in the Tour Village will be the hub of the tour. It will be a meeting place for cycling fans, an after work hang out, a place to catch up on the day’s racing, to see interviews with cycling stars and maybe even get an autograph! Each day there will be an entertainment program showcasing cycling to the fans.

Watch team mechanics at work as they prepare the bikes for the upcoming stage. Catch the daily race highlights on the big screen and check out the range of sponsor displays. There is ample seating and a vibrant social atmosphere where you can grab a bite to eat or have a drink with your friends.

The bike expo is an interactive, engaging exhibition. You’ll have the opportunity to test ride the latest bicycles around the streets of Adelaide, check out the latest cycling gear, get inspired and equip yourself like the pros.

Club Tour Members Watch the curtain raiser tonight, the Down Under Classic, from the Club Tour viewing platform. With great catering and refreshments, there will be no jostling for position as you enjoy the very best view of the race.

Monday 18 January – Rest Day

Today is the official rest day for the Santos Tour Down Under, so the Pros will be heading out for their training rides during the morning. This is a great time to spot the star as they meander through our hotel lobby on their way to the village to get their bikes and head out.

We will also be heading out this morning to stretch our legs today, with a ride through the beautiful Adelaide Hills, where we will enjoy a special lunch amongst the vines. This is one of the favourite days on our trip with our guests as we enjoy a morning ride then relax over a beautiful lunch at one of Adelaide’s finest winery restaurants. We will offer a shorter ride of about 40kms and a longer version of about 60kms with a bit more climbing for those keen to work up an appetite for lunch.

This afternoon, after we’ve lingered over lunch and a few glasses of wine, we will transfer back to the Adelaide Hilton in the comfort of our bus.

Tonight is free in Adelaide to take in the unique atmosphere of the city on the eve of its biggest annual event.

Non Cyclists: This morning is at leisure until we head off in the bus to the Adelaide Hills to meet up with the cyclists and enjoy our special welcome lunch at one of Adelaide’s finest winery restaurants. Along the way we will stop for a drink in Hahndorf and take a look around town before setting off for lunch.

Meals: Breakfast and Welcome Lunch

Tuesday 19 January – Stage 1 – Prospect to Lyndoch (130.8km)

TODAY IN THE RACE
Date: Tuesday 19 January 2016
Start and finish: Prospect to Lyndoch
Start time: 11am (Prospect Rd)
Subaru King of the Mountain: North East Road, Lower Hermitage (near Fosters Road)
iiNet Sprint locations: Williamstown Road, Cockatoo Valley (near general store) x 2 sprints
Powerade Hydration Station: Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch (at finish arch)
Finish time: 2.34pm ETA
Race distance: 130.8km

Stage One of the 2016 Tour Down Under will head north to the iconic Barossa Valley with a hilly 130.8km stage starting on the outskirts of Adelaide in Prospect. It will be an action packed start to the stage with todays Subaru King of the Mountain only 12.8km from the start. The peloton will have a chance to catch their breath as they travel north to Williamstown before completing 3 loops of a 27km circuit at Lyndoch.

There will be no better place to catch the first stage of the Tour Down Under than at today’s finish in Lyndoch where we will see the peloton multiple times. We will take the opportunity to experience what the Pros have installed and ride along today’s race route. Our ride will start from our hotel and gently climb for the first part of our ride until we reach the KOM at Lower Hermitage. From the KOM we will head into the Barossa Valley where will we enjoy a predominantly downhill run into Lyndoch to finish our ride. For those who would like a few extra km’s we should have time to ride the finishing circuit (27km) that the peloton will complete 3 times later on today. After our ride we will catch up with the rest of our group, relax and enjoy the TDU live.

After we see today’s finish we will return to the hotel by bus. This evening is free for you to enjoy the lively atmosphere of Adelaide, a city transformed during the week of Santos Tour Down Under.

Non Cyclists: Travel with the cyclists to the pretty little Barossa Valley town of Lyndoch. It will be no stop action as the race will pass through Lyndoch 3 times today before the final sprint to the finish. After the stage finish we will return to Adelaide in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday 20 January – Stage 2 – Unley to Stirling (130km)

TODAY IN THE RACE
Date: Wednesday 20 January 2016
Start and finish: Unley to Stirling
Start time: 11am (King William Road, near Park Street)
Subaru King of the Mountain: Range View Road, Carey Gully
iiNet Sprint locations: Longwood Road, Heathfield, at school gate x 2 sprints
Powerade Hydration Station: Mt Barker Road, Stirling, at finish arch
Finish time: 2.33pm ETA
Race distance: 130km

Another great day in the Adelaide Hills for us with a number of ride options to see the race finish at one of South Australia’s prettiest towns, Stirling.

Today’s stage start is only a short distance from our hotel, so we will take the opportunity to see the riders up close before they go into battle out on the road. There is no better race than the Tour Down Under, with its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, to see some of the world’s great riders up close.

This morning our longer ride will leave the hotel early for short ride into the Adelaide hills around Belair taking in the great view looking back over Adelaide before returning to Unley to see the stage start. Once we have seen the peloton roll out we will make our way out of Adelaide up via the bike path to Stirling. It is not an overly long ride but up hill the entire way so forget the kms and concentrate on the climbing.

Our shorter ride will enjoy a later start and ride the short distance from the hotel to the stage start in Unley before joining the rest of the group as we make our way up to Stirling.

It’s always a great atmosphere and a hotly contested finish in Stirling, this year the event organisers have included 5 loops of the finishing circuit around Stirling, so the perfect spot to see the race. We will have plenty of time to watch the race as it makes its multiple laps through the town before the uphill sprint finish.

In Stirling we will set up in the park on the race course where you will be able to congregate and get some light refreshments. For lunch we suggest you try a local cafe in the town or visit one of the stalls set up by community groups with lots of local produce to tempt your taste buds!

At the end of the day after the race it’s back to the bike path to join the other race fans and also the teams as they descend the 20kms to the Hilton Adelaide. It’s a lot of fun but take care, especially if you see a pro rider coming up behind you – these guys have no fear and take no prisoners! If you have had enough for one day there is the option to take the bus back to the Hilton. Plenty of choice today with ride options ranging from 40 kms to over 80 kms.

Non Cyclists: This morning after we have seen the stage start in Unley we will make our way up to Stirling, where the race will pass through multiple times. Stirling is a pretty town of the Adelaide Hills with lots of nice shops, parkland and a terrific atmosphere on race day.

Meals: Breakfast

Thursday 21 January – Stage 3 – Glenelg to Campbelltown (139km)

TODAY IN THE RACE
Date: Thursday 21 January 2016
Start and finish: Glenelg to Campbelltowm
Start time: 11am (Glenelg Town Hall)
Subaru King of the Mountain: Torrens Hill Road, Paracombe (near Paracombe Road)
iiNet Sprint location #1: Main Road, McLaren Flat
iiNet Sprint location #2: Onkaparinga Valley Road, Oakbank (near hotel)
Powerade Hydration Station: River Road, Mylor
Finish time: 2:44pm ETA
Race distance: 139km

We have an exciting day ahead of us with another great stage for us to see. The plan today is to enjoy a ride but keep our legs fresh for the Bupa Challenge Tour tomorrow.

Both of our ride options will leave from the hotel. We will skip today’s stage start and make our way out of Adelaide via the beautiful Gorge Road to Cudlee Creek. We take a short break in Cudlee Creek over a coffee before making our way back to the “Corkscrew” (today’s KOM) where we will watch the race and meet the rest of our group for a picnic lunch. The Corkscrew is a well known climb to Adelaide cyclists.

This is the third time that the aptly named Corkscrew Road has been used in the Tour Down Under. It was first used in 2013 where Cadel took the KOM and the stage honors with Simon Gerrans and Richie Porte in hot pursuit. This steep 2.4 km climb reaches 15% and has an average gradient of 9.4% from the northern approach via Gorge Road, making it perhaps the toughest climb in the race. It will be a great place to view the race, with the summit only 6 kms before a fast downhill run to the finish in the suburb of Campbelltown.

Our short ride option today will also travel to see the race on Corkscrew Road, without the extra section out to Cudlee Creek. This will allow a little extra time to ride up the climb and find the perfect spot to watch the pros later in the afternoon.

After the race gets over the climb you have the choice of riding downhill all the way back to the hotel (20kms) or returning in the bus.

Tonight we will welcome those joining us for our long weekend option, with pre-dinner drinks and appetizers at a local wine bar. You’ll then be free to dine at a restaurant of your choice for a bit of pre-race carbo loading before tomorrow’s Bupa Challenge event.

Non Cyclists: We expect there will be plenty of spectators on the Corkscrew today so we will leave the hotel mid morning and drive straight to the KOM, allowing us plenty of time to get the ideal spot to watch the race. It will be a great opportunity to take a walk down the climb to experience the crowds. We will enjoy a picnic lunch before watching the race.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch, Pre-dinner drinks

Friday 22 January – Bupa Stage 4 – Norwood to Victor Harbor (138km)

TODAY IN THE RACE
Date: Friday 22 January 2016
Start and finish: Norwood to Victor Harbor
Start time: 11:30am (The Parade, Norwood)
Subaru King of the Mountain: Crows Nest Road, near Port Elliott
iiNet Sprint location #1: Strathalbyn Road, Mylor
iiNet Sprint location #2: Cadell Street, Goolwa
Powerade Hydration station: Commercial Road, Strathalbyn
Finish time: 3:20pm ETA
Race distance: 138km

Bupa riders start

The 2016 Bupa Challenge Tour (optional extra) will finish in Victor Harbor, with 3 ride distances for you to choose from today.

The 3 different ride options we offer this year are:

Norwood to Victor Harbor
Total Distance 142.4km
Echunga to Victor Harbor
Total Distance 100km
Strathalbyn to Victor Harbor
Total Distance 70km

After an early breakfast at the hotel we will provide transfers to the 100km ride start at Echunga and the 70km ride start in Strathalbyn. Those choosing the longer 142 km route will ride from the hotel to the start, and easy 4km warm-up pedal from the hotel.

At the end of the Bupa Challenge Ride you’ll pass under the race finish arch, maybe pausing to take a photo of your achievement, before collecting your lunch and heading off to the finish area to see the race arrive later this afternoon. Once everyone has arrived and we’ve seen the race finish it’s back to Adelaide for the evening, tired but happy.

For those not doing the Bupa Challenge Tour today we will offer a transfer this morning to Victor Harbor, where you will be able to greet the riders as they arrive and catch the sprint finish at the end of the race’s longest road stage for 2016. If you feel like a ride you can bring your bike along and join us on a ride out in to the countryside surrounding Victor Harbor, returning to town for lunch and to see the race. Alternatively if you prefer you can choose to stay in Adelaide today and enjoy all the city has to offer, saving your legs for tomorrow’s Willunga Hill ride.

Non Cyclists: This morning we will drive to the beautiful seaside town of Victor Harbor to cheer our group as they complete the Bupa Challenge. We will be able to enjoy one of the many restaurants for lunch while waiting for the race to arrive this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is provided by the organisers for Bupa Challenger riders.

Saturday 23 January – Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill (151.5km)

TODAY IN THE RACE
Date: Saturday 23 January 2016
Start and finish: McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill
Start time: 11.10am (Main Road, near Tatachilla Road)
Finish time: 3.02pm ETA, Willunga Hill
Subaru King of the Mountain: Willunga Hill
iiNet Sprint locations: The Esplanade, Snapper Point (2 sprints)
Powerade Hydration Station: Main Road Willunga at Kell Street
Race distance: 151.5km

Today’s TDU stage heads back to the Fleurieu Peninsula. This region boasts that it “has it all”, so we should be in for a contrasting days racing and riding. For the 5th year running the cyclists will finish stage 5 at the top of Old Willunga Hill after two ascents of the challenging Subaru King of the Mountain climb. Over the previous few years we have been treated to some of the most exciting TDU stages and should be another spectacular finish. 2014 saw the popular Sky rider, Richie Porte, show his climbing prowess on Willunga Hill winning the stage, with Simon Gerrans finishing 3rd and taking the race lead by one second over Cadel Evans. In 2015 Richie Porte was back in the mix as he took a spectacular stage win over Rohan Dennis by 9 seconds and narrowly missed taking the overall lead of the Tour Down Under by a mere 2 seconds!

We’ll probably take things a bit easier today, after yesterday’s BUPA ride. We will offer a couple of ride options today. The main ride will be a 60km ride from our hotel, via the race start in McLaren Vale, to the race finish on Willunga Hill. There is also an option if we arrive at Willunga Hill in time to do a lap of the 22km race loop down to Willunga and back to the hill top finish.

On arrival at Willunga Hill you’ll be provided with a delicious Gourmet BBQ picnic lunch and cold drinks right at the finish line on Old Willunga Hill where the race passes twice and where the race finish will be! We will have plenty of time to socialise and relax in this lovely bush setting while we wait for the race to arrive.

After the excitement of the race finish and having eaten our fill at lunch you’ll have the option of returning to the hotel in the bus, or if you feel up to it the 60km ride down from Willunga Hill to Adelaide.

This day is always a highlight of the trip with our great position near the finish line and a gourmet BBQ lunch..

Non Cyclists: Travel to McLaren Vale this morning to see the stage start, then continue on to Willunga Hill to meet the cyclists for lunch. You will have time to walk down Willunga Hill and enjoy the atmosphere on the huge crowds on the climb.

Tonight is the Legends’ Night Dinner (optional extra).

Tonight the Santos Tour Down Under rolls out the red carpet and gives cycling fans the chance to glam up, celebrate and see cycling champions honoured at the annual Legends Night Dinner. This is a unique opportunity to see the big names of cycling and enjoy a great night out. The event is normally hosted by popular commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen. Special guests for this year’s event will be announced at a later date.

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Time: from 7.30pm

If you are going to the Legends Dinner this evening we will transfer you to the venue at 6.30pm from outside the hotel. Taxis are available for you to return when you wish.

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Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

Sunday 24 January – Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 – Adelaide

TODAY IN THE RACE
Date: Sunday 24 January 2016
Start and finish: King William Road, Adelaide
Start time: 1.30pm
Finish time: 3.30pm ETA
Subaru King of the Mountain: Montefiore Hill, near Pennington Terrace
iiNet Sprint locations: King William Road (2 sprints at Finish Arch)
Powerade Hydration Station: King William Road, at Finish Arch
Race distance: 90km (20 laps of 4.5km loop)

This is the last official day of our trip. You can depart at any time during the day today and we will provide you with a transfer to Adelaide airport from our hotel. For those of you departing later in the day there is the chance to see the final stage of the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under in the streets of Adelaide.

Today’s stage is usually full of action, as it is the last chance for race glory and where all of the classifications will be decided. There are plenty of opportunities to see the racing as the riders hurtle around laps of the street circuit, taking in the view of Adelaide’s city skyline. You can see all of the action on the Big Screen and there are areas to enjoy local food, wine and entertainment. After the race are the presentations where you’ll have a chance to take a last few photos of the winners to show all your friends and club mates when you get home.

With the race circuit on our doorstep the plan for this morning is to do a lap or two around the street circuit of today’s stage early this morning(subject to road being open), followed by a leisurley ride along the beaches of Adelaide, before returning to the hotel for breakfast. After we return from our ride the rest of the morning is free until we go to see the final stage this afternoon.

If you have decided to stay on tonight and would like us to book you a room please add it to your cart when making your trip booking in the Reservations Form below.

Non Cyclists: A leisurely morning start with time to read the Sunday papers in bed if you like! We will head down to see the final stage this afternoon.

Club Tour Members: Stage 6 VIP Hospitality: Enjoy the last day of the Santos Tour Down Under racing in style on the Club Tour viewing platform. Fully catered and located on the start/finish straight, watch the crowds gather and cheer on your cycling heroes.

Meals: Breakfast

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OPTIONAL EXTRAS

SILVER CLUB TOUR, 17 to 24 January: $670.00

Book Now See the 2016 UCI WorldTour season get underway with the Down Under Classic, or be there when the first winner of the season is awarded at Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 in the comfort of your VIP hospitality stand. Enjoy a delicious meal at an exclusive dinner for Club Tour guests with a cycling personality.

  • Down Under Classic VIP Hospitality, Sunday 17 January: Watch the curtain raiser to the Santos Tour Down Under from the Club Tour viewing platform. With great catering and refreshments, there will be no jostling for position as you enjoy the very best view of the race.
  • Club Tour Dinner, Date to be confirmed: Enjoy an exclusive dinner for Club Tour guests. (Further dates to be provided)
  • Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 VIP Hospitality, Sunday 24 January: Enjoy the last day of the Santos Tour Down Under racing in style on the Club Tour viewing platform. Fully catered and located on the start/finish straight, watch the crowds gather and cheer on your cycling heroes.

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BRONZE CLUB TOUR, Down Under Classic VIP Hospitality, Sunday 17 January: $360.00

Book Now Short on time but still want to experience the Santos Tour Down Under in style? Have the opportunity to join in the fun at the exclusive VIP hospitality stand for the first day’s racing with the Down Under Classic. Watch the curtain raiser to the Santos Tour Down Under from the Club Tour viewing platform. With great catering and refreshments, there will be no jostling for position as you enjoy the very best view of the race.

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LEGENDS’ NIGHT DINNER, Saturday 23 January: $250.00

Book Now The Santos Tour Down Under rolls out the red carpet and gives cycling fans the chance to glam up, celebrate and see cycling champions honoured. The Legends’ Night Dinner is a true celebration of the best of world cycling and has become a tradition among the cycling community.

Rub shoulders with some of cycling’s elite, knowing that tomorrow the Ochre Jersey will be decided on the streets of Adelaide.

Hear inspirational stories from legends of the sport while enjoying a sumptuous three-course dinner.

Greg LeMond, Sir Chris Hoy, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Anna Meares and Cadel Evans have been honoured in recent years at the Legends’ Night Dinner.  *Attendees under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

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BRONZE CLUB TOUR, Stage 6 VIP Hospitality, Sunday 24 January: $360.00

Book Now Short on time but still want to experience the Santos Tour Down Under in style? Have the opportunity to join in the fun at the exclusive VIP hospitality stand for the final day’s racing at the Be Safe Be Seen NAC Stage 6 VIP Hospitality, Sunday 24 January: Enjoy the last day of the Santos Tour Down Under racing in style on the Club Tour viewing platform. Fully catered and located on the start/finish straight, watch the crowds gather and cheer on your cycling heroes.

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