Santos Tour Down Under 8 Day Trip

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Dates: Sunday 17 – Sunday 24 January 2010
Start-Finish: Adelaide
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel‎

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Tour inclusions:

  • 7 nights (Sun-Sat) at the Hilton Hotel
  • 2 evening meals
  • 1 restaurant lunch and 3 picnic lunches
  • Breakfast each day
  • Sightseeing and shopping, including winery visits
  • Daily viewing of the Santos Tour Down Under
  • Transport and 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
  • Complimentary cycling jersey and cap
  • Trip Pack: Info on how to prepare for your trip and what to take
  • Airport pick-ups and returns

Sunday, 17 January, Rymill Park, Adelaide, Down Under Classic (51 km)

Down Under ClassicDepending on your arrival time we will organise some activities to introduce you to this great city and its surroundings or take a stroll through the nearby Rundle Mall and explore the city.

Also situated directly in front of our hotel is the Adelaide City Council Tour Village. 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.

With teams returning each day to the Hilton Adelaide, the Village is a focal point for the event incorporating the following aspects:

  • The team mechanics’ preparation area
  • A base for the team support cars
  • Event update information
  • Refreshment areas
  • The idea behind the Village is to provide a hub for the event and the opportunity for enthusiasts and novices alike to feel some firsthand involvement in the event.

There will also be the possibility for an afternoon ride before we have our welcome dinner and head down to watch the Down Under Classic.

We will have your Club Tour, Mutual Challenge and Legends Dinner tickets available for you on arrival.

Monday, 18 January, Official Rest Day

tdu lance at hiltonThis is the official rest day for the Santos Tour Down Under, which gives you time to arrive at leisure, familiarise yourself with the hotel, unpack your bike and take a light spin to get the travel fatigue out of your legs.

For those who have arrived yesterday and would like to go out for a good ride we will be doing that.
We will discuss options and do one hilly long ride of around 80km up into the hills around Mt Lofty and Hahndorf. We’ll stop in Hahndorf for something to eat before returning home.

For those wanting something a bit less strenuous we will do a ride down along the beaches doing about 60km, stopping for a coffee.

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.

Tuesday, 19 January, Stage 1: Clare to Tanunda, (141 km)

Race Info:
Today’s race is a hard stage to start the race with and may see the winner of the entire race come to the top today.
Start and Finish: Clare to Tanunda
Start Time: 11am (Main Street, Clare)
Skoda King of the Mountain: Menglers Hill Road
Sprint Locations: Riverton and Kapunda
Feed Station: Near Greenock
Finish Time: 2.34pm ETA
Race Distance: 141km

Our Ride options today are:

  • Ride from the hotel to Tanunda. This is a ride of nearly 80kms leaving Adelaide via the beautiful Gorge Road passing Chain of Ponds, Williamstown and Lyndoch before entering the Barossa Valley and heading to Tanunda.
  • Take the bus to Tanunda and ride the final 40km loop of the race including the Skoda King of the Mountain at Menglers Hill Road.
  • Ride from the hotel to Tanunda and ride the final 40km loop of the race including the Skoda King of the Mountain at Menglers Hill Road for a ride of about 120kms.

Non Cyclists:
Take the bus to Tanunda and visit the magnificently restored Chateau Tanunda and explore this charming Barossa Valley town.

On our way home we will drop in at a winery for some tasting.

Today We Visit:
Barossa Valley: To visit the Barossa is to taste the good life … world-famous Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling plus other premium wines, regional produce and acclaimed restaurants make this one of Australia’s most significant wine tourism regions. No other wine region in Australia has the rich European heritage of the Barossa. Strong links remain to this heritage within the thriving community, combining with down-to-earth Australian spirit to create a vibrant lifestyle in a relaxed, rural setting.

Beautiful Chateau Tanunda

Tanunda: Historically, picturesque Tanunda has always been the heart of the Barossa region, and its history is only a small part of its charms.

Tanunda is a vibrant and growing community and is home to some of Australia’s and the world’s best-loved wines. There’s also a thriving café culture, some great eateries and a happy pub scene to tempt visitors.

Explore the magnificently restored Chateau Tanunda, now home to a modern function centre, as well as a showcase for the Barossa’s boutique wineries. If you’re looking for history, great food, memorable wines, fun times and friendly faces, you’ll find a brilliant blend in Tanunda. You’ll also find the Barossa Visitor Information Centre right in the centre of Tanunda’s main street, where you can get friendly advice on everything you want to know about the Barossa.

Tour Village
Tour Down Under VillageThe Tour Village opens today so we can take a look there later on if you wish.
All the teams base themselves here for the week and it is a hive of activity every day. You can watch the mechanics at work, catch a glimpse of the riders as they finish (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.

Feel the rush every afternoon at the Adelaide City Council Tour Village as the teams return from each stage.
With every professional team in the same area, this really is as “behind the scenes” as it gets!

The Adelaide City Council Tour Village is open:
Tuesday 19 January 2010 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Wednesday 20 January 2010 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 21 January 2010 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Friday 22 January 2010 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Saturday 23 January 2010 4.00pm – 7.00pm

Entry is FREE!

Wednesday, 20 January, Stage 2:  Gawler to Hahndorf, 133km

tdu vineyardsRace Info:
Start and Finish: Gawler to Hahndorf
Start Time: 11am (Murray Street, Gawler)
Skoda King of the Mountain: Checker Hill Road
Sprint Locations: Lyndoch and Mount Torrens
Feed Station: Kersbrook
Finish Time: 2.23pm ETA
Race Distance: 133km

This morning we will ride from the hotel up through the beautiful Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf.
We will ride from hotel to see race finish at Hahndorf this morning with two rides offered.

Our Ride options today are:

  • Ride from the hotel to Hahndorf via Checkers Hill. This is a ride of nearly 80kms leaving Adelaide via Montacute Road, the Gorge Road passing Chain of Ponds and then onto the race course via the Skoda King of the Mountain at Checker Hill Road. This is a very steep climb and one not to be missed! After passing over the climb we will continue on the race route to the finish at Hahndorf.
  • A 35km ride that will head out of town up to Crafers following the bike-path towards Sterling and then towards Bridgewater and finally Hahndorf where we will see the finish.
  • After the race it’s possible to return to the hotel by bike. 30kms

Non Cyclists:
We will take the bus to Hahndorf this morning where we will have the opportunity to explore this pretty town with its German influence. The town comes alive on race day! There is the opportunity to also do some wine tasting here too.

On our way home we will drop in at Hahndorf Hill winery for some tasting after the race.

Today We Visit:
tdu picnicThis region is called the Adelaide Hills and for good reason. It is a beautiful area with some great roads making it a well used area for Australia’s elite cyclists. It has also been the inspiration for many artists with its picturesque farmlands and charming villages. There are plenty of local craft shops and produce in this area to satisfy everyone.

Hahndorf’s first settlement took place in 1839 when Prussian Lutheran families arrived. The name “Hahndorf” was derived from Captain Dirk Hahn of the ship named ‘Zebra’, which arrived in Adelaide in 1838 with a party of immigrants from the Eastern Provinces of Prussia. Captain Hahn stayed on to see the new arrivals were settled, after having survived an horrendous journey by sea.

Thursday, 21 January, Stage 3:  Unley to Stirling, 132.5km

tdu pelotonRace Info:
This morning we will go to the start in Unley to see all the action and try to get a few treasured snaps with your favourite rider. King William Road is the perfect location for a TDU Stage Start, and Unley is gearing up to celebrate this event again. 2009 will be the eighth year that the City of Unley has hosted an event to celebrate the Tour Down Under.

Start and Finish: Unley to Stirling
Start Time: 11am (King William Road, Unley)
Skoda King of the Mountain: Wickhams Hill Road
Sprint Location: McLaren Flat and Mount Torrens
Feed Station: Stirling Oval
Finish Time: 2.39 ETA
Race Distance: 132.5km

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

Our Ride options today are:

  • Go to see the start in Unley and then ride from Unley around the Adelaide beaches and return to the hotel. This will be a 2 hour ride, returning to the hotel to spend the rest of the day in Adelaide. We will head down to Glenelg and follow the beaches up the coastline before turning back towards our hotel.
  • Go to see the start in Unley and then ride from Unley up the bikepath to Crafers to see the finish there and return by bike of bus afterwards.

Non Cyclists:
This morning we will go to the start in Unley to see all the action before heading up to Stirling where the race will pass through 3 times. Stirling is another great town of the Adelaide Hills with lots of great shops and a terrific atmosphere on race day.

Today We Visit:
Sterling is home to some of South Australia’s most beautiful homes. It became popular with Adelaide’s wealthy residents, who built summer houses to escape the heat of the plains in the late nineteenth century. A walk through Stirling will reveal many of these homes, including some that have been converted to bed and breakfast accommodation. The tree-lined main street, a riot of colour in both spring and autumn, has a good collection of cafes, restaurants and shops. Many of the magnificent ‘English’ gardens are open to visitors via the Open Garden Scheme.

Friday, 22 January, Stage 4:  Norwood to Goolwa, 149.5km

Mutual Community Challenge Tour

tdu mutual challengeRace Info:
Start and Finish: Norwood to Goolwa
Start Time: 11am (The Parade, Norwood)
Skoda King of the Mountain: Fox Creek Road, Lenswood
Sprint Location: Main Street, Langhorne Creek and Daranda Terrace, Milang
Feed Station: Strathalbyn
Finish Time: 3.07pm ETA
Race Distance: 149.5km

Our Ride options today are:
Today you can ride the same route as the professionals on the same day prior to the official race start. The Mutual Community Challenge Tour is part of the Skoda Breakaway Series, which forms the official recreational ride program of the Santos Tour Down Under.

It’s a challenge – not a race but with the ultimate satisfaction from riding under the official finish arch. This ride is for regular riders who can make the distance – will you make it to the finish before the professionals arrive?

We will return to the hotel after the race, tired but happy!

Start                                   Distance              Start Time

Norwood to Goolwa      160.5km*               6.30am
Woodside to Goolwa     111km                    7.00am
Milang to Goolwa            35km                     9.30am

*160.5km includes TDU stage distance of 149.5km plus 11km race neutral distance

For those not doing the Mutual Challenge and Non Cyclists:
We will leave the hotel and head down to McLaren Vale for a little wine tasting on our way to Goolwa to see the finish and meet our cyclists who have completed the Mutual Challenge this morning.

Today We Visit:
the caravan smlGoolwa was once a thriving Riverport but now the boats carry just tourists and its historic buildings have been restored as art galleries, cafes and B&B’s.  But on Sundays, Wednesdays and holidays the historic Cockle Train still roll in and out of the grand old wharf area.

With both fresh and salt water, Goolwa is a mecca for the keen fisherman and boating enthusiasts as a starting point for a day or multi-day trip into the Coorong National Park or the Lake Alexandrina area.

Every type of water sport is available for the active, or if you prefer take your time and relax in a waterside cafe with morning tea and watch the activity unfold in front of you.

Saturday, 23 January, Stage 4:  Snapper Point to Willunga, 148km

Race Info:
Start and Finish: Snapper Point to Willunga
Start Time: 11am (The Esplanade Aldinga Beach – Snapper Point)
Skoda King of the Mountain: Old Willunga Hill Road
Sprint Location: The Esplanade Aldinga Beach (Snapper Point)
Feed Station: Main Road Willunga at Kell Street
Finish Time: 2.42pm ETA
Race Distance: 148km

Food and Drink

Today’s race 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. 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 lunch at a restaurant on the course in Willunga Township where you can graze and drink in Air Conditioned comfort after your ride out to McLaren Vale to the start.

Our Ride options today are:
We will ride directly to Willunga for the day at our restaurant where we will base ourselves for the race. We will have a sit down lunch with drinks provided until 2.00pm.  We are ideally placed on the course for the race to see the riders pass each time. You can ride the 3.5km to the KOM on the final lap if you wish and then be back in time to see the finish.

  • 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 arrive in Willunga in time to see the riders pass the first time at around 11.30am. Today is normally a decider in the overall for the Tour Down Under and today should be no exception.
  • Our 85km ride will follow the same route to Willunga and then go around the final loop of the course over Old Willunga Hill making an extra 23km. Those doing this loop should just arrive in time to see the riders pass for the first time.
  • 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. On our way we will stop for some wine tasting before settling in for lunch at our restaurant where we can see the race pass on each lap right from our front door!

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
In 2010 the special guest will be once again cycling legend Lance Amstrong. Popular cycling commentators Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwin will interview Lance along with other cycling legends on what promises to be a memorable evening. 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

This Evening we will take you to the Legends dinner at 6.30pm from outside the hotel. Taxis will be available for you to return when you wish.

Sunday, 24 January, Stage 6: Adelaide City Council Street Circuit, 90km

Depart: Please let us know your departure times for today (if necessary)

tdu albyToday’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 dirty stop outs who went to 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.

This is the last official day of our trip and we are available to take you to the airport or you may choose to stay on another day.

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