Santos TDU Long Weekend Premium Trip

Tour Down Under Sprint Ewan Greipel UCI World Tour

TRIP DETAILS:
Duration: 5 days (4 nights)
Dates: Thursday, January 17 – Monday, January 21, 2019
Start-Finish: Adelaide
Accommodation:
Adelaide Hilton – TDU Race HQ
Suitable for: Cyclists and Non Cyclists
TRIP COST: AUD$2390.00
OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD$800.00

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance

Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If traveling 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.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 4 nights accommodation at Race Headquarters, Hilton Adelaide
  • Gourmet BBQ and Picnic on 2 days
  • Escape by bike in the Adelaide Hills
  • Visit Hahndorf
  • Experience the famous Old Willunga Hill stage in McLaren Vale wine region
  • Full mechanical assistance, van support and guided rides

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, and a great place to ride. 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 Travel 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.

Like all Bikestyle Tours trips, the itinerary is carefully planned, you can choose between different ride options each day. Our experienced guides, high guide-to-guest ratio and attention to every detail provide guests with great service, every time. Getting around on the bike, help with the bike, following the race, improving your riding and maximising your experiences off the bike are all part of our service.

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.

A great summer holiday, escaping by bike.

  • If you are from Australia, the TDU 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, the TDU 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.

2019 race route has been reformatted – the Old Willunga Hill stage is now the final stage on Sunday, while Saturday is now the Challenge Ride. This ensures the Ochre jersey is contested until the end of the final stage. We believe, an exciting new format. Our premium trips have been extended by a day to finish on the Monday.

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.

Staff Guide National Road Champion

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Race HQ – Thursday 17th January

You’ll be sharing the elevator, lounge area and the bar with the world’s cycling stars, media and the cycling fraternity at the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under. For this week, the Hilton Adelaide becomes the cycling centre of Australia. 2019 marks the event’s 21st year having grown every year, as has the interest of overseas riders. It is a UCI event like no other.

Your Bikestyle Tours trip starts at Adelaide Airport where our guides will meet you and transfer the short distance to Race HQ – Hilton Adelaide, where we spend the next 4 nights. The Hilton Adelaide is the only location during a Pro Tour event where you can see the stars of cycling in a relaxed atmosphere.

On arrival at our Race HQ our Bikestyle Tours guides will 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.

Bikestyle Tours Tour Down Under Team Presentations

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage Three
Lobethal to Uraidla | 146.2km
Start time: 11.00am
Finish time: 2.39pm ETA
KOM location: Fox Creek Road, Cudlee Creek
Sprint locations: Onkaparinga Valley Road, Charleston

Shortly after returning to the Hilton we’ll head out to a local venue for our official welcome. We will be joined also by our guests travelling with us for the 9-day week-long trip. Together we’ll enjoy some drinks and canapés before dinner. Afterwards, you’ll be free to dine at a restaurant nearby.

Meals
Twilight drinks and canapés

Overnight
Adelaide Hilton

Warm up ride

Day 2 Stage Stage and the Corkscrew – Friday 18th January

We’ll have a picnic lunch available to you while we wait for the race to come through soon after lunch. While waiting for the race, we’ll see the many amateur cyclists testing their pursuits. The Corkscrew will draw a big crowd and we’ll be there to absorb all of the cycling atmosphere.

After the race comes through, we will follow the many riders back into Adelaide for another evening celebrating cycling culture. Tonight, many will curb their post ride activities and rather look for a carbo-loaded meal and an early night. Tomorrow many will have an early start and long ride for the Challenge Tour.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage Four
Unley to Campbelltown | 129.2km
Start time: 11.00am
Finish time: 2.24pm ETA
KOM location: Corkscrew Road, Montacute
Sprint locations: Adelaide Road, Echunga

We’ll have a picnic lunch available to you while we wait for the race to come through soon after lunch. While waiting for the race, we’ll see the many amateur cyclists testing their pursuits. The Corkscrew will draw a big crowd and we’ll be there to absorb all of the cycling atmosphere.

After the race comes through, we will follow the many riders back into Adelaide for another evening celebrating cycling culture. Tonight, many will curb their post ride activities and rather look for a carbo-loaded meal and an early night. Tomorrow many will have an early start and long ride for the Challenge Tour.

Meals
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

Overnight
Adelaide Hilton

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 3 Challenge Tour Ride – Saturday 19th January

We have a big day ahead with the Challenge Tour ride through the Fleurieu Peninsula. After an early breakfast at the hotel we will transfer those participating to the intermediate ride from Myponga 102km and the shorter ride start from Victor Harbor 62km. Those choosing the longer route will ride from the hotel to the start, an easy 8km warm-up pedal from the hotel. All rides finish in the historical town of Strathalbyn.

At the end of the Challenge Tour 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 Challenge Tour we’ll offer a ride around some of our favourite roads before arriving at the finish area in Strathalbyn, where you’ll be able to greet the riders as they arrive and catch the finish at the end today’s road stage.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage Five
Glenelg to Strathalbyn | 149.5km
Start time: 11.30am
Finish time: 3.32pm ETA
KOM location: Main South Road, Sellicks Hill
Sprint locations: Myponga and Inman Valley

If you’d like an easier day, we have an option to ride to the race start along the beaches of Adelaide. A stage start is your best 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.

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

Overnight
Adelaide Hilton

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 4 Old Willunga hill – Sunday 20th January

2019 Santos Tour Down Under will finish on the summit of Old Willunga Hill. The 3km climb is now famous across the world and a particular Australian rider has made it his own. Riders will make two ascents of the challenging King of the Mountain climb in the final stage.

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 hat-trick of victories with a 6 sec win over his former Sky teammate. In 2017 and 2018, Richie reigned again. Will he be toppled in 2019?

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage Six
McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill | 151.5km
Start time: 11.10am
Finish time: 2.58pm ETA
KOM location: Brookman Road, Willunga Hill
Sprint locations: The Esplanade, Snapper Point

This year the overall winner will be crowned at the top of Willunga Hill. The Ochre jersey presentation on the final day is a special occasion and the winner also takes the World Tour ranking leaders position as well.

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.

Meals
Breakfast, BBQ Lunch

Overnight
Adelaide Hilton

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 5 Farewell from Downunder – Monday 21st January

Sadly, our trip finishes today. It is a farewell to your new friends as our Premium trip comes to an end this morning. Over your extended weekend break, you’ve experienced the excitement of the Santos Tour Down Under up close, challenged yourself on South Australia’s great roads, created new friendships and great memories. Hopefully, you’ve had an unforgettable holiday with Bikestyle Tours. We hope we see you again one day.

You can depart at any time during the day and we will provide you with a transfer to Adelaide airport from our hotel.

Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation at the Adelaide Hilton
  • Airport Collection on Thursday, January 17
  • Airport Return on Monday, January 21
  • Full buffet breakfast each day
  • 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
  • Professional mechanical assistance and advice
  • Guided rides each day with opportunities to ride the course
  • Detailed Itinerary including ride maps
  • Full Bikestyle kit including cycling jersey, bib-knicks, musette and cap
  • Trip Pack: Information on how to prepare for your trip and what to take

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

VIP Experiences and Club Tour Members

There are various VIP packages available to our guests that may enhance your experience at the Santos Tour Down Under.

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.

Saturday 19 January
Legend’s Night Dinner
$TBC

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.

Hear incredible stories told by legends of the sport while enjoying a sumptuous three-course dinner.

Peter Sagan, Simon Gerrans, Sir Chris Hoy, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, 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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Saturday 19 January
Challenge Tour Ride

158.7km ride starts from Glenelg: $155.00
102km ride starts from Myponga: $145.00
60km ride starts from Victor Harbor: $120.00

Ride part of or the complete stage five from Glenelg to Strathalbyn on the same day, just hours before the professionals. Enjoy partial road closures starting from multiple locations to suit your preferred riding distance.

Entry includes a ride jersey, on-road support by race organisers, water and refuelling stations and a picnic lunch on arrival at the finish area in Strathalbyn.

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NOTE: Please place number of persons attending in box below
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TDU Long Weekend Premium Trip Deposit ($1000pp)
TDU Long Weekend Premium Trip Single Supplement ($800.00pp)
One Night's Accommodation Pre-Trip, Wednesday, 16th January ($350 per room)
One Night's Accommodation Post-Trip, Monday, 21st January ($350 per room)
AUD $TBC - LEGENDS NIGHT DINNER
CHALLENGE TOUR - Glenelg to Strathalbyn, 158.7km: $155.00
CHALLENGE TOUR - Myponga to Strathalbyn, 102km: $145.00
CHALLENGE TOUR - Victor Harbor to Strathalbyn, 60km: $120.00
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  • We charge for our trips in Australian Dollars (AUD) and prices shown in other currencies are only approximate. We advise that you check the exchange rate before booking.
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