2018 Santos TDU Long Weekend Premium Trip

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Staying at Race HQ, The Adelaide Hilton

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. 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.

Duration: 4 days (3 nights)
Dates: Thursday, January 18 – Sunday, January 21, 2018
Start-Finish: Adelaide
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel‎
TRIP COST: AUD$2090.00
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.
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Day 1 Welcome to Race HQ – Thursday 18th 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 3 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.

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.

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.

Meals: Canapés and Beverages

Stage 3 – Glenelg to Victor Harbor (144km)

Start and finish: Glenelg to Victor Harbor
Start time: 11am (Colley Terrace, Glenelg)
Subaru King of the Mountain: Main South Road, Sellicks Hill
iiNet Sprint location #1: Main South Road, Myponga (near general store)
iiNet Sprint location #2: Inman Valley Road, Inman Valley (near Memorial Hall)
Hydration Station: The Esplanade, Victor Harbor (near Albert Place)
Finish time: 2:51pm ETA
Race distance: 144km

Day 2 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.

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

Bupa riders start

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 3 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

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 4 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.

Meals: Breakfast

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)



Tour inclusions:

  • 3 nights at the Adelaide Hilton Hotel
  • Airport Collection on Thursday, January 18
  • Airport Return on Sunday, January 21
  • 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


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.

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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.

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