The Bupa Challenge Tour Long Weekend

Bupa Challenge Tour Long Weekend

Duration: 4 days (3 nights)
Dates: Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 January 2012
Start-Finish: Adelaide
Accommodation: Race HQ, Hilton Hotel
TRIP COST: $1750.00 Australian Dollars
SINGLE ROOM: $320.00 (inc Breakfast)
DOUBLE ROOM: $320.00 (inc Breakfast)
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Optional Extras

Tour inclusions:

  • 3 nights (Thurs-Sat) at the Hilton hotel
  • Welcome dinner including local wines and beers.
  • Lunch at Willunga
  • Breakfast each day
  • Viewing of the Santos Tour Down Under
  • Transport and guides each day including transfer back to hotel from Bupa Challenge Tour
  • Transfer to start area of Bupa Challenge Tour ride for shorter distances
  • Expert advice and mechanical assistance
  • Detailed Itinerary including maps
  • Complimentary cycling jersey and cap
  • Trip Pack: Info on how to prepare for your trip and what to take
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of trip

Thursday 19 January. Arrival in Adelaide

Start and Finish: Unley to Victor Harbor
Start Time: 11am (King William Road, Unley)
SKODA King of the Mountain: Main South Road, Sellicks Hill
Jayco Sprint Locations: Victor Harbor Road, Mt Compass and Cadell Street, Goolwa
Feed Station: Goolwa Road, near Mt Compass
Finish Time: 2.43pm ETA
Race Distance: 134.5km

Welcome to the Santos 2010 Tour Down Under. Your Bikestyle package starts with us meeting you at Adelaide airport and transferring you to the Hilton hotel where we spend the next 3 nights. Of course we will be once again staying at race HQ, the Adelaide Hilton, where all the teams and riders stay. Once you’ve settled in you can unpack your bike and take a light spin to get the travel fatigue out of your legs.

Today’s TDU stage is from Unley to Goolwa. If you arrive in time it would be possible for you to head down to see the start in Unley at 11am. It’s just a few kilometres from the hotel.

Afterwards we will take a leisurely ride around the beaches of about 40-50km, stopping for a coffee, making it an easy day in preparation for tomorrow’s big event. Tonight there will be a welcome function at 7.00pm, where you will get the chance to meet the Bikestyle team and your companions for the next few days.

Today’s ride: We suggest an easy day today in preparation for tomorrow’s big day, so you will see our ride options for today reflect that.

Meals: Dinner

Friday 20 January TDU Stage 4: Norwood to Tanunda (Bupa Challenge Tour)

Start and Finish: Norwood to Tanunda
Start Time: 11am (The Parade, Norwood)
SKODA King of the Mountain: Noreseworth Road – Smith Hill, near Kersbrook and Menglers Hill Road, Menglers Hill
Jayco Sprint Locations: Little Para Road, Kersbrook and Melrose Street, Mt Pleasant
Feed Station: Main Street, Springton
Finish Time: 2.31pm ETA
Race Distance: 130km

It’s our day to ride the same route as the professionals this morning in the Bupa Challenge Tour with a choice of ride distances to take us to the finish in Tanunda just before the race arrives around 2.30 this afternoon. Once we arrive at the finish we’ll join the thousands of other tired riders and witness some of the world’s top bike racers cross the finish line, possibly even more tired than us!

Our Ride Options Today Are:

The Bupa Challenge Tour is ideal for individuals or social, corporate and sporting teams looking for a ride with a difference. It’s your opportunity to ride a stage of a UCI WorldTour event, the same day as the Pro Teams. It’s a challenge – not a race. Part of the Škoda Breakaway Series, this event is for regular cyclists who can make the distance – will you make it to the finish before the professionals arrive?

The full course of 138km begins in the restaurant and fashion hub of Norwood just 10 minutes from the CBD. From here it winds its way into the Adelaide Hills and onto the Barossa Valley for the finish in Tanunda. Additional start locations are at Gumeracha, Mt Pleasant and Tanunda.

The ride options for the Bupa Challenge Tour are as follows:

  • Norwood – Tanunda, 138km
  • Gumeracha – Tanunda, 102km
  • Mt Pleasant – Tanunda, 79km
  • Tanunda – Tanunda, 33km

NOTE: There is one escape route offered along the Bupa Stage 4 route. This will take 19km off the course and avoid the Skoda King of the Mountain climb at Menglers Hill. This escape route is available to all riders from all start locations. The individual point to point documents will contain further information about this option.

We will be on hand to help you with whatever option you choose. There will be transport provided to all starts except Norwood (we will ride there) and transport for the weary bodies back to the Hilton afterwards.

Non Cyclists:

Today we will be heading down to Tanunda to collect our weary riders after their early morning start and long ride! Many of you will have partners doing the event today and you will be keen to see how they went so we’ll travel to the finish in the bus. But if not you probably haven’t had a chance to see much of Adelaide yet so you may wish to take a day out and see this elegant city.

Meals: Breakfast, (lunch is included in your ride entry package).

Saturday 21 January. TDU Stage 5: McLaren Vale to Willunga

Start and Finish: McLaren Vale to Old Willunga Hill
Start Time: 11am McLaren Vale
Skoda King of the Mountain: Old Willunga Hill
Jayco Sprint Locations: The Esplanade, Aldinga Beach (Snapper Point)
Feed Station: Main Road Willunga at Kell Street
Finish Time: 2.52pm ETA, Old Willunga Hill
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 first time in the event’s 14 year history, cyclists will finish Jayco Stage 5 at the top of Old Willunga Hill after a challenging ŠKODA King of the Mountain climb, which should be a spectacular finish

We’ll probably take things a bit easier today, after yesterdays ride, and save our energy for tonight’s party. Today you’ll be provided with a picnic lunch on the course near or on Old Willunga Hill where the race passes twice and where the race finish will be!

Our Ride options today are:
We will ride directly to see the start at McLaren Vale today followed by the short ride to Willunga where we will base ourselves for the race. We will have a picnic lunch and be ideally placed to see the riders pass each time.

  • Our 60km ride today will start from the hotel and head up through the hills along the bike path that follows the Southern Expressway to the vineyards of McLaren Vale making a ride of approx 50km. We will see the race start and then move onto Willunga to see the remaining laps. Today is normally a decider in the overall for the Tour Down Under and today should be no exception.
  • After the race we will return to the hotel by van or bike (50kms).

Non Cyclists:
This morning we will head down to McLaren Vale and finally Willunga. While at the start you could do a spot of wine tasting at McLaren Vale before we go to our race-side location for our picnic lunch!

Today We Visit:

Where the Vines Meet the Sea
The McLaren Vale Wine Region is located just to the South of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, on the beautiful and geographically diverse Fleurieu Peninsula. The township of McLaren Vale, which gives its name to the region, is only 37 km from the centre of Adelaide and can be reached in approximately 45 minutes by car. It is rare to find a premium winemaking area so close to a major urban area. This proximity to the State capital makes the region an attractive destination for visitors.

Mostly known for its ripe, generously flavoured wines the region produces:
• Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Merlot.
• Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling.
• There is also experimentation with Viognier, Marsanne and Sangiovese.
There are over 60 cellar doors in McLaren Vale. With the restaurants and cafés in the region, they pride themselves on their expert combination two local passions of wine and food.

Willunga is a charming historic town mostly famous because in 1837 the first colonial exploratory expedition in the state terminated where the town of Willunga now stands. Slate was discovered here in 1840 and use of slate is evident in roofs, water tanks, floors, footpaths, bridges and even fence posts. At the turn of the century Willunga saw the introduction of almonds and now vineyards and olives are making their mark.

Tonight is the Legends’ Night Dinner. The Santos Tour Down Under rolls out the red carpet and gives cycling fans the chance to glam up, head out to celebrate and see cycling champions honoured.

Legends’ NIght Dinner (optional)

Announcements of the 2012 legends will be made in the coming months. In 2011, seven time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, headlined the Legends’ Night Dinner. Sprint sensation Mark Cavendish also starred at the dinner, giving insights to Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen in a question and answer session.

Mark Beretta – sports anchor for Channel Seven’s Sunrise program, was MC for the dinner. The Legends’ Night Dinner has become an annual tradition that honours the world’s cycling greats. The Legends Dinner is a unique chance for you to mingle with the stars of cycling as well as enjoy a great nights out.

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 will be available for you to return when you wish.

Meals: Breakfast and Restaurant Lunch

Sunday 22 January Stage 6 Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide City Circuit

Start and Finish: Adelaide City Council Street Circuit
Start Time: 1.15pm (King William Road, Elder Park)
Skoda King of the Mountain: Montefiore Hill
Jayco Sprint Locations: King William Road
Finish Time: 3.15pm* approximately
Race Distance: 90km

This is the last official day of our trip and we are available to transfer you from our hotel to Adelaide airport today. For those of you departing later today there is the chance to see the final stage of the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under as it makes 20 laps of a street circuit through the Adelaide parklands, an easy walk from our hotel.

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.

Our Ride options today are:
Our plan for this morning is to do a ride along the beaches of Adelaide, before returning to the hotel for breakfast. The rest of the morning is free until we go to see the final stage at 12.30pm.

However we may be persuaded to take a later ride after breakfast for those who had a late night out at the Legends Dinner last night!

Non Cyclists:
The East End Markets are on this morning so you may like to wander down for a look or maybe a lazy sleep in if you were dancing the night away at the Legends Dinner. Adelaide’s newest attractions, the Pandas at the Adelaide Zoo are also a short walk from our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

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$1000pp – TdU 2012 8 DAY TRIP Reservation
$1000pp – TdU 2012 7 DAY TRIP Reservation
AUD $350pp – TdU 2012 Club Tour Classic 

AUD $350pp – TdU 2012 Club Tour Weekender 

AUD $650pp – TdU 2012 Club Tour Membership 

AUD $250pp – TdU 2012 Legends’ Night Dinner 

Bupa Challenge Tour: Norwood – Tanunda, 138km: $145 

Bupa Challenge Tour: Gumeracha – Tanunda, 102km: $145 

Bupa Challenge Tour: Mt Pleasant – Tanunda, 79km: $120 

Bupa Challenge Tour: Tanunda – Tanunda, 33km: $100 

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