Santos TDU Bupa Challenge Long Weekend Trip
Short on Time: Try Our 4 Day Fully Supported Trip
Staying at Race HQ, The Adelaide Hilton
Duration: 4 days (3 nights)
Dates: Thursday, January 22 – Sunday, January 25, 2015
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel
TRIP COST: AUD$1970
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD$650
- 3 nights at the Adelaide Hilton Hotel
- Airport Collection on Thursday, January 22
- Airport Return on Sunday, January 25
- Welcome drinks and appetizers at a local wine bar
- Gourmet BBQ Lunch including drinks on Willunga Hill
- Buffet breakfast each day
- Transport and expert guides each day including support for non cyclists
- Expert advice and mechanical assistance
- Guided rides with opportunities to ride the course
- Detailed Itinerary including maps
- Full Bikestyle kit including cycling jersey, bib knicks, musette and cap
- Trip Pack: Info on how to prepare for your trip and what to take
Thursday 22 January – Stage 3 – Norwood to Paracombe
TODAY IN THE RACE
Date: Thursday 22 January 2015
Start and finish: Norwood to Paracombe
Start time: 11am (The Parade, at Town Hall)
ŠKODA King of the Mountain: Corkscrew Road at Montacute Road, Montacute
Sprint locations: Scott Street, Kersbrook and Mt Crawford Road near Carlisle Street, Williamstown
Feed station: Melrose Street, Mt Pleasant
Finish time: 2.56pm ETA
Race distance: 145km
Your Bikestyle package starts by us meeting you at Adelaide Airport followed by our transfer to Race HQ, at the Adelaide Hilton hotel where we spend the next 3 nights.
Welcome to the Santos Tour Down Under and Race Headquarters, the Adelaide Hilton.
The Hilton Adelaide Hotel is the Santos Tour Down Under’s official host hotel. During January 2015, 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.
Relax… Designed with the discerning traveller in mind, Hilton Adelaide’s guest rooms are stylish and fresh and set the standard for accommodation in South Australia. The hotel also boasts a great variety of leisure facilities, including a gym, sauna and plunge pool, plus an outdoor heated swimming pool and full size tennis court.
Drink… Hilton Adelaide also offers two bars, open 7 days a week until late, serving the finest wines, creative cocktails and great snacks. The Collins Bar is one of Adelaide’s hottest night spots, overlooking the Tour Village in Victoria Square. It’s the perfect location to soak up the atmosphere.
Once you’ve settled we can assist you to unpack your bike and get ready for the next few days of riding.
Those arriving early in the day may wish to join our ride down to Norwood for the race start and morning coffee, followed up by a ride along the beach to loosen up your legs for tomorrow’s challenge ride.
For those arriving in the afternoon we’ll take a light spin to get the travel fatigue out of your legs. Our likely destination is down to the beachside suburbs of Glenelg and Henley Beach, a nice easy ride with the promise of a sea breeze and coffee with a view.
Tonight we will have welcome drinks and appetizers at a local wine bar for the chance to meet your fellow tour guests. After our get together the rest of the evening is free to dine at a restaurant of your choice for a bit of pre-race carbo loading before tomorrow’s Bupa Challenge event.
Friday 23 January – Bupa Stage 4 – Glenelg to Mount Barker
TODAY IN THE RACE
Date: Friday 23 January 2015
Start and finish: Glenelg to Mt Barker
Start time: 11:30am (Colley Terrace, Glenelg)
Subaru King of the Mountain: Main South Road, Sellicks HillSprint locations: Adelaide to Goolwa Road, Ashbourne (near hotel) and Venables Street, Macclesfield
Powerade Hydration station: Nangkita Road, Mt Compass
Finish time: 3:20pm ETA
Race distance: 144.5km
The 2015 Bupa Challenge Tour (optional extra) will finish in Mount Barker with 4 different distances on offer. Bikestyle Tours will provide transfers to the start at Glenelg to Mount Barker stage, Willunga to Mount Barker stage and the Mount Compass to Mount Barker stage, leaving the hotel no later than 5:30am (yes you read it right). We will confirm exact times the day before.
The 3 different ride options we offer this year are:
Glenelg to Mount Barker
Total distance: 151.7km
Start time: 6.30 am
Willunga to Mount Barker
Total distance: 118.7km
Start time: 6.45 am
Mount Compass to Mount Barker
Total distance: 77.5km
Start time: 7.00 am
After an early breakfast at the hotel, those doing the “Full Monty” 151.7 km challenge will ride the 11kms from the hotel to Glenelg, nice and slow to warm up the legs for the kms ahead. Those starting from Willunga or Mount Compass will be transferred by our team to the start areas for the 118 and 77 km rides. 2015 sees a new route for the Bupa Challenge, hilly and a touch longer than recent editions. It should live up to it’s name and prove to be a challenge to those aiming to get to the finish in Mount Barker ahead of the race.
For those not doing the Bupa Challenge Tour we will spend the day checking on our riders along the course before heading to the finish to greet them and then see the finish of today’s race stage in Mount Barker. You can take your bike along with you to Mount Barker if you wish to do a ride, or alternatively you may wish to spend the day relaxing in Adelaide.
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.
Non Cyclists: This morning we will drive across to Mount Barker to see the race finish and greet the BUPA riders as they arrive. Mount Barker is the largest town in the Adelaide Hills with a wide range of shops and restaurants to check out while waiting for the race to arrive this afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is provided by the organisers for Bupa Challenger riders.
Saturday 24 January – Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill (151.5km)
TODAY IN THE RACE
Date: Saturday 24 January 2015
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
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 4th year running the cyclists will finish Jayco Stage 5 at the top of Old Willunga Hill after two ascents of the challenging ŠKODA King of the Mountain climb. If previous years are anything to go by this should be a spectacular finish and possibly decisive in the race leadership. In 2012 Simon Gerrans was narrowly beaten across the line by Alejandro Valverde after a duel over the final 200 meters, but Gerrans gained the Ochre Jersey and went on to win the tour. In 2013 Gerrans was again involved in a nail biter but this time came out on top to win the stage but not the race. 2014 saw the popular Sky rider, Richie Porte, show his climbing prowess on Willunga Hill winning the stage, with Gerrans finishing 3rd and taking the race lead by one second over Cadel Evans.
We’ll probably take things a bit easier today, after yesterday’s BUPA ride, and save our energy for tonight’s party. We will offer a couple of ride options, a 60 km ride from our hotel, via the race start in McLaren Vale, to the race finish on Willunga Hill, with the option of riding back to the hotel at the end of the day for a 60km return ride. 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 will 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.
Travel to McLaren Vale this morning to see the stage start, then continue on to Willunga Hill to meet the cyclists for lunch. If time allows there will be the opportunity to visit one of the McLaren Vale vineyards this morning.
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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Sunday 25 January – Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 – Adelaide (location TBA)
TODAY IN THE RACE
Date: Sunday 25 January 2015
Start and finish: King William Road, Adelaide
Start time: 1.30pm (Main Road, near Tatachilla Road)
Finish time: 3.30pm ETA, Willunga Hill
Subaru King of the Mountain: Montefiore Hill, near Pennington Terrace
Sprint locations: King William Road (2 sprints at Finish Arch)
Race distance: 90km
This is the last official day of our trip. For those of you departing later today there is the chance to see the final stage of the 2014 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 (subject to road being open). For those who would like a bit more we will head down for a 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 at 12.30pm.
Don’t forget if you are leaving today there is the unfortunate job of packing your bike which always means a good trip is coming to an end soon. 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 around midday.
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.
BUPA CHALLENGE TOUR, 23 January 2015
The BUPA Challenge Tour is an opportunity to ride the same route as the pros on the morning of the event. Entry includes official jersey (to be worn on the day), identification and timing chip, refreshment stations along route, mechanical and medical support, sweep vehicle and lunch on arrival.
- Glenelg to Mount Barker (151.7km) $145.00
- Willunga to Mount Barker (118.7km) $145.00
- Mount Compass to Mount Barker (77.5km) $120.00
BRONZE CLUB TOUR, Stage 6 VIP Hospitality, Sunday 25 January: $360.00
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.
Stage 6 VIP Hospitality, Sunday 25 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.
LEGENDS’ NIGHT DINNER, 24 January 2015: $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 has become a cycling social institution, honouring the world’s cycling greats. In 2014, hundreds of fans dined as we honoured six-time Olympic champion, Sir Chris Hoy; crowd favourite Jens Voigt, and Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.
*Attendees under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
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