The week-long event brings the top World Tour professional cycling teams to race on the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia each January. Adelaide has become a great place for this cycling event. A city large enough to have all of the facilities you could want. But it is also small enough for cyclists to take over the precinct for an entire week. Up for grabs are important UCI World Tour points and the Santos Tour Down Under Ochre Leader’s Jersey.
Bikestyle Tours has been an Official Tour Specialist for the Santos Tour Down Under since its inception. We draw on our experience and local knowledge to provide you with the best that Adelaide, South Australia and the TDU race has to offer. One of the major highlights of the trip is staying at race HQ – the Adelaide Hilton, along with all the pro-riders, cycling teams and media. Like all Bikestyle Tours trips, the itinerary is carefully planned, you can choose between different ride options each day and our professional guides look after you throughout. A great summer holiday, escaping by bike.
- If you are from Australia, Tour Down Under is the only annual UCI road cycling event where you don’t have to travel overseas to be a part of.
- If you are from abroad, Tour Down Under allows you to visit one of the most beautiful places in the world – Australia, although we may be biased.
- Relax with Bikestyle Tours, as our guests have come to expect the highest level of professional guides and meticulous organisation from over 20 years of experience.
TRIP DETAILS :
Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Dates: Sunday, January 14 – Sunday, January 21, 2018
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel
TRIP COST: AUD$3700.00
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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This Trip will be Escorted by Former Pro-Cyclist, Lorian Graham
Lorian is a survivor and a caring Bikestyle Tours guide. Her insights into women’s racing, highs and lows of the sport are just some of the stories she is able to share. Guests love having Lorian as their guide because her care and encouragement toward them creates something very special about being on the bike. The Adelaide Hills are a special place for Lorian as it was here that she was crowned National Road Cycling Champion.
Since retiring from the sport, Lorian believes riding is a great source of leisure and a necessary escape from the day-to-day chores.
Day 1 Welcome to Race HQ – Sunday 14th January
Your Tour Down Under with Bikestyle Tours trip starts by our guides meeting you at Adelaide Airport, followed by a short transfer to Race HQ – Hilton Adelaide, where we spend the next 7 nights. The Hilton Adelaide Hotel is the Santos Tour Down Under’s official host hotel. You will share the elevator, lounge area and the bar with the world’s cycling stars, media and the cycling fraternity. For this week, the Hilton Adelaide becomes the cycling centre of Australia. 2018 marks the event’s 20th year having grown every year, as has the interest of overseas riders. It is a UCI event like no other.
The Hilton Adelaide is the only location during a Pro Tour event where you can see the stars of cycling in a relaxed atmosphere. Our meticulously planning and supportive guides gives you the peace of mind for where to ride, when to ride and watching the race. We cater for all different levels of riding, so you don’t have to race like a pro to be among the action.
After transferring you to the Hilton Adelaide Hotel, our Bikestyle Tours guides will be available to assist your check in and assemble your bike. Whatever help you may need, your caring guides will be on hand. Depending on your arrival time, join us for a short ride through Adelaide this afternoon. Otherwise, take a stroll and explore the city of Adelaide, or the Tour Down Under Tour Village and Bike Expo.
You’ll have time to freshen up after the ride before heading down to watch the People’s Choice Classic, the traditional pre-race criterium. The atmosphere is electric and the racing is fast so it’s well worth a look! Go earlier and see the Women’s Criterium, which is a great lead up to the Classic.
VIP Access (optional extra) 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.
TODAY IN THE RACE
People’s Choice Classic– Wakefield Rd, Adelaide (50.6 km)
Start and finish: Adelaide
Start time: 7.15pm
Finish time: 8.15pm*ETA
Race distance: 50.6km
* time subject to change due to live television broadcast
The People’s Choice 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.
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 on Saturday night. Early on Sunday morning is the Ride Like Crazy charity ride event: http://www.ridelikecrazy.com. 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 is the Tour Village is where the teams make their base for the week. It is a hive of activity. Each night the genius mechanics are 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 hangout, 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.
Day 2 Norton Summit and Hahndorf– Monday 15th January
Today is the official rest day for the Santos Tour Down Under, so the Pro’s will head out for their training rides during the morning. This is a great time to spot the stars in our hotel lobby on their way to the village before they head out on their bikes.
Our plan is a little more social and aims to ease us into the week of cycling and great food. After breakfast we will set off on a lovely ride before rewarding your efforts with a group lunch.
The greatest thing about riding at the Tour Down Under is the access to the Hills near the city. After a short warm up, you’re climbing and into the cooler temperatures and shaded roads. There are many interconnecting quiet roads through the hills. Today, we’ll take the opportunity to explore some of the easier slopes, get your bearings and admire the views. We have a short and long ride option today both starting from the hotel and finishing in Hahndorf. We have our special lunch to officially welcome guests to the 20th edition of the Tour Down Under with Bikestyle Tours.
For those not riding today, we will transfer you to Hahndorf for you to have a look around before the arrival of our riders for lunch.
This afternoon, after we’ve lingered over lunch and a few glasses of wine, we’ll travel back to the Adelaide Hilton in the comfort of our bus. Tonight, in Adelaide, you can take in the unique atmosphere of the city on the eve of its biggest annual event.
Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Lunch
Day 3 Lyndoch stage finish – Tuesday 16th January
Stage One of the 2018 Tour Down Under will head north to the iconic Barossa Valley with a hilly 145km stage starting from Birkenhead in Port Adelaide. The ride along the coast to ‘Port’ is popular with local riders wanting a flat ride. We will ride out to Birkenhead later on in the week, as today we have more hills to conquer.
It will be an action packed first 40km with today’s Subaru King of the Mountain. First over will likely receive the polka dot jersey this afternoon. 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, with sprint points on offer before the final sprint finish. 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 Pro’s have ahead of them, and ride along today’s race route. Our ride will start from our hotel through the northern suburbs of Adelaide, before tackling today’s KOM to One Tree Hill. From the KOM we will head into the Barossa Valley where will we enjoy a predominantly downhill run into Lyndoch to finish our ride.
We have a couple of variations to this ride if you’d like something shorter, or longer perhaps. After our ride we will catch up with the rest of our group, relax and enjoy the TDU live. For those not riding today, later this morning we will transfer you to the beautiful Barossa Valley in time to catch the festivities of today’s circuit finish.
After we see today’s finish we will return to the hotel in the comfort of our own 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.
TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 1 – Port Adelaide to Lyndoch (145km)
Start and finish: Port Adelaide to Lyndoch
Start time: 11am (Commercial Rd)
Subaru King of the Mountain: Kersbrook Road, Humbug Scrub
Sprint locations: Williamstown Road, Cockatoo Valley (at general store) x 2 sprints
Hydration Station: Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch (near Barossa Court)
Finish time: 2.41pm ETA
Race distance: 145km
Day 4 Stirling stage finish – Wednesday 19th January
We have another great day planned in the Adelaide Hills with a number of ride options before we see the race finish at one of South Australia’s prettiest towns, Stirling.
This morning our longer ride will leave the hotel early for short ride into the Adelaide Hills using the steady gradients of Gorge Road. Before the road begins to go down again we’ll take the slight diversion over Torrens Hill, where previous editions have had their finish. It is a challenging climb, not in length but its gradients will sting your legs. It is similar to a climb you’d find in the spring classics races in Europe.
After reaching the summit, we’ll regroup and make our way through the Adelaide Hills along some quiet and undulating roads. A final brief stop at Mount Lofty and we’ll take the final downhill to the stage finish in Stirling. We will have a picnic lunch waiting for your arrival so you can refuel, relax and take in the atmosphere of this electric finish.
For our shorter ride, we will set off a little later and take a more direct route to Mount Lofty to meet up with the other riders, before descending into Stirling. If you are not travelling with a bike, we will take you up to Mount Lofty and onto the stage finish.
After the finish we will head back to our hotel, either on our bikes or you can take the bus. It is very much a downhill ride from the finish, and there will be many other cyclists that you’ll be sharing the road with. Once back at the hotel, you can freshen up and tonight you can take in more of Adelaide’s cycling atmosphere.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 2 – Unley to Stirling (148.6km)
Start and finish: Unley to Stirling
Start time: 11am (King William Road, Unley)
Subaru King of the Mountain: North East Road Tea Tree Gully near Range Road North
Sprint location #1: Main Street, Oakland
Sprint location #2: Strathalbyn Rd, Mylor
Hydration Station: Mt Barker Road, Stirling (near oval)
Finish time: 3.11pm ETA
Race distance: 148.6km
Day 5 Victor Harbor – Thursday 18th January
Today’s stage heads to the popular arrival town of Victor Harbor, it is always an exciting finish and also a lovely village to visit. We will transfer you part way down, so you can ride the Old Willunga Hill.
It can be difficult to ride Willunga on race day, at your own pace at least. Both of our rides give you the chance to ride this classic climb without the crowds, even draw comparison to Richie Porte’s effort in 2015; 2.9km in 6’39” averaging 27.1km/h! For the Women, Carlee Taylor holds the honours in a time of 9’29”, also an impressive 19km/h.
Once over the climb we’ll offer a long ride to Victor Harbor following the race route or a more direct route to Victor Harbor. Our ride through the Fleurieu Peninsula has an ever changing landscape, and gentle climbs. For the longer ride option, you will have time to ride the finishing 15km circuit.
After seeing the race finish on the Esplanade in Victor Harbor we will transfer you back to the Hilton where we’ll welcome guests joining us for the weekend package, enjoying some drinks and canapés before dinner. Afterwards, you’ll be free to dine at a restaurant of your choice, possibly for a bit of pre-ride carbo loading before tomorrow’s Bupa Challenge event.
If you’d like an easier day, we have an option to ride to the race start along the beaches of Adelaide. Stage starts are a great opportunity to see the riders as they are introduced to the spectators and each rider signs on. After seeing the start, it is a short ride back to the hotel and you’ll have the afternoon to relax. If you’re travelling without the bike, we’ll drive you to the stage start. Following the start, we’ll head down to watch the stage finish.
Meals: Breakfast, Canapés and Beverages
TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 3 – Glenelg to Victor Harbor (146.5km)
Start and finish: Glenelg to Victor Harbor
Start time: 11am (Colley Terrace, Glenelg)
Subaru King of the Mountain: Pennys Hill Road, The Range
Sprint location #1: Main South Road, Myponga (near general store)
Sprint location #2: Inman Valley Road, Inman Valley (near Memorial Hall)
Hydration Station: The Esplanade, Victor Harbor
Finish time: 2:53pm ETA
Race distance: 146.5km
Day 6 Bupa ride through Adelaide Hills – Friday 19th January
We have a big day ahead with the Bupa Challenge ride around the Adelaide Hills. After an early breakfast at the hotel we will transfer those participating to the intermediate ride from Birdwood and the shorter ride start from Mt Pleasant. Those choosing the longer route will ride from the hotel to the start, an easy 4km warm-up pedal from the hotel. All rides finish on the fun descent down Gorge Road before the final challenge up Norton Summit to the finish in Uraidla.
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 a short trip back to our hotel – tired but happy.
For those not doing the Bupa Challenge Tour we’ll offer a ride around some of the our favourite roads before arriving at the finish area in Uraidla, where you’ll be able to greet the riders as they arrive and catch the finish at the end today’s road stage.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch is provided by the organisers for Bupa Challenger riders.
TODAY IN THE RACE
Bupa Stage 4 – Norwood to Uraidla (128.2km)
Start and finish: Norwood to Campbelltown
Start time: 11:30am (The Parade, Norwood)
Subaru King of the Mountain: Norton Summit Rd, Teringie
Sprint location #1: Shannon Street, Birdwood (near August Street)
Sprint location #2: Onkaparinga Valley Rd, Charleston
Hydration station: Cold Store Rd, Lenswood
Finish time: 3:00pm ETA
Race distance: 128.2km
The 2018 Bupa Challenge Tour (optional extra) will finish in Uraidla, with 3 ride distances for you to choose from today.
The 3 different ride options on offer this year are:
Norwood to Uraidla
Total Distance 137km
Gumeracha to Uraidla
Total Distance 100km
Mt Torrens to Uraidla
Total Distance 60km
Day 7 Old Willunga hill – Saturday 20th January
The professionals will finish stage 5 at the top of Old Willunga Hill in what has become the tradition of the Tour Down Under. They will make two ascents of the challenging King of the Mountain climb.
We have seen some of the most exciting stages on Old Willunga. Richie Porte has stamped his authority on this climb over the past four years. 2014 saw Richie Porte show his climbing prowess 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 by a mere 2 seconds! In 2016, Richie Porte made it a hatrick of victories with a 6 sec win over his former Sky teammate. 2017, Richie reigned again.
We’ll take things a bit easier today and offer a couple of ride options. 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.
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.
This day is always a highlight of the trip with our great position near the finish line and a gourmet BBQ lunch.
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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill (151.5km)
Start and finish: McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill
Start time: 11.10am (Main Road, near Tatachilla Road)
Subaru King of the Mountain: Willunga Hill
Sprint locations: The Esplanade, Snapper Point (2 sprints)
Powerade Hydration Station: Main Road Willunga at Kell Street
Finish time: 2.58pm ETA, Willunga Hill
Race distance: 151.5km
Day 8 Be Safe be Seen MAC – Sunday 21st January
This is the last official day of our trip. You can depart at any time during the day and we will provide you with a transfer to Adelaide airport from our hotel. For those of you departing later, there is the chance to see the final stage of the 2018 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. You’ll have a chance for a last few photos of the winners at the after race presentations.
With the race circuit on our doorstep the plan for this morning is to do a lap around the street circuit of today’s stage early this morning (subject to roads being open), followed by a one of two rides. For the leisurely inclined we will ride along the beaches of Adelaide, before returning to our hotel. If you think you are up for the challenge, there is a classic climb we have not yet conquered – The Corkscrew. After we return from our rides, the rest of the morning is free until we go 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.
TODAY IN THE RACE
Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 – Adelaide
Start and finish: King William Road, Adelaide
Start time: 1.30pm
Subaru King of the Mountain: Montefiore Hill, near Pennington Terrace
Net Sprint locations: King William Road (2 sprints at Finish Arch)
Powerade Hydration Station: King William Road, at Finish Arch
Finish time: 3.30pm ETA
Race distance: 90km (20 laps of 4.5km loop)
- 7 nights accommodation at the Adelaide Hilton
- Airport Collection on Sunday, January 14
- Airport Return on Sunday, January 21
- Full buffet breakfast each day
- Gourmet 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
VIP Experiences and Club Tour Members
There are various VIP packages available to our guests that may enhance your experience at the Tour Downunder. We have included some catered experiences within our itinerary that are exclusive for Bikestyle Tours guests and don’t require an official VIP pass. However, if access to VIP areas on some stages interests you, we can arrange your VIP passes at the time of processing your booking.
People’s Choice Classic VIP Hospitality, Sunday 14 January: $450.00
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 People’s Choice 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.
Legend’s Night Dinner, Saturday 20 January: $250.00
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.
Peter Sagan, Simon Gerrans, Sir Chris Hoy, Eddy Merckx, Bernard, 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.
Corporate Hospitality, Stage 6 VIP Hospitality, Sunday 21 January: $450.00
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 21 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.