Santos Tour Down Under 2018


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Saturday 13 January - Sunday 21 January 2018

The Santos Tour Down Under was first held in 1999 and has grown year on year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.

Not just a bike race, the Santos Tour Down Under is a festival of cycling and entertainment, with a range of associated events and festivals that create a massive party atmosphere across South Australia.

The Santos Tour Down Under invites the whole state to the party by taking the race through South Australian regions.



Saturday 13 - Sunday 21 January - TOUR VILLAGE

Australia's Greatest Cycling Race has Australia's Greatest Tour Village. The City of Adelaide Tour Village is your hub of excitement, engagement and exploration for UCI WorldTour cycling when the race isn't on. There are family activities for the parents and kids, the latest innovations in products and technology for the cycling enthusiast and plenty of free, fun entertainment for everyone.

Saturday 13 January 6.30pm - 8.30pm - Santos TDU 2018 Opening Night

Including free concert

Sunday 14 January 12pm - 4pm - 2018 - Bupa Family Ride

The Bupa Family Ride is your family's opportunity to ride together on the same track as the world's cycling superstars. Participants can ride laps of the People's Choice Classic circuit just hours before the world's elite cyclists hit the streets. Bike trailers and child seats are welcome, so the whole family can participate! Bookings essential -

Sunday 14 January 12pm - 6pm - People's Choice Classic Family Day

Celebrate the TDU’s 20th birthday with free, fun family activities all day track side in the city. Enjoy FREE entertainment including face painting, giant board games, mini golf, free ice blocks from Bupa, and the Subaru inflatable obstacle course. With something on offer for all members of the family, get there early to secure your position.

Sunday 14 January 7.15pm - 8.15pm - People's Choice Classic

The People's Choice Classic is the perfect opportunity to see the world's best cyclists test their skills in the East End of Adelaide. Held on the streets of Adelaide, this closed-circuit road race is a preview to the Santos Tour Down Under and sets the tone for the week ahead.

Monday 15 January 6pm - 11pm - Tourrific Prospect

The City of Prospect presents its seventh annual Tourrific Prospect street party from 6pm -11pm on Monday 15 January. One of Adelaide’s most enduring, entertaining and family-friendly events, Tourrific Prospect is Council’s premier celebration showcasing the best of City of Prospect’s vibrant life.

Tuesday 16 January 9am - 11.30am - Peloton at the Port

After 19 years, the Santos Tour Down Under is returning to Port Adelaide and the locals are excited that this year’s race kicks off with Stage 1 from the Port. Head down for a delicious breakfast, get up close with stars of the race and see the Port River come alive with river craft, sails and colour. There is a myriad of experiences in the unique Port Adelaide precinct so get down early to enjoy all on offer. 

Tuesday 16 January 11am - 2.41pm - Stage 1 Port Adelaide - Lyndoch

Historic Port Adelaide will be the setting for the start of Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under. The cyclists will ride north along the Port River Expressway and out to the Barossa, taking in scenic views of pastures and vineyards on their way to the finish arch in Lyndoch.

Wednesday 17 January 10am - 3.30pm - Stirling Spin

A day in the Adelaide Hills that’s well worth the revolutions. Bustling with live music, street performers, and the race live on the big screen, along with local produce, busy street trade, and the famous Stirling Market, the village vibe will be carried through the township for another sensational stage finish. With three thrilling laps of UCI WorldTour racing to take in, Stirling will ensure that your spin up to the hills is well worth the revolutions.

Wednesday 17 January 11am - 3.11pm - Stage 2 Unley - Stirling

Metropolitan Unley will be the setting of the start of Stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under. The peloton will travel from Unley through to the Adelaide Hills, making three laps of the leafy suburb of Stirling before the race finish on Mount Barker Road.

Wednesday 17 January 5pm - 11pm - Glenelg Tour Street Party

The best place to be in summer is by the beach. What better way to cool down after a day of racing than at the Glenelg Street Party. Catch the tram to the bay with friends and family for an evening of beachside fun, food, fashion and live entertainment. 

Thursday 18 January 11am - 3pm - Victor Harbor Loop De Loop

Join in the magic of a fun filled day in seaside Victor Harbor. There’ll be something for everyone, with the magnificent Rotary Art Show on Warland Reserve, family fun activities in the Main Street Precinct, and amusement rides on the foreshore! With world-class riders looping Victor Harbor three times you’ll want to stake your roadside space early.

Thursday 18 January 11am - 2.53pm - Stage 3 Glenelg - Victor Harbor

The beachside suburb of Glenelg will be in the spotlight for this varied stage which sees the peloton travel through the Fleurieu Peninsula and McLaren Vale. The riders will take on Pennys Hill Road for the Subaru King of the Mountain points before the three-lap finishing circuit around Victor Harbor.

Friday 19 January 6.30am - 3.30pm - Bupa Challenge Tour

The Bupa Challenge Tour is the Santos Tour Down Under's annual mass-participation ride. It takes place on the morning of Bupa Stage 4, along the same route as the professional riders, just hours before the pros take to the road. The 2018 Bupa Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser offers multiple start locations for various abilities and challenges.

• Norwood to Uraidla: The full Bupa Stage 4 UCI WorldTour route, 137.5km.
• Gumeracha to Uraidla: Starting from Gumeracha Oval, 100km.
• Mt Torrens to Uraidla: Starting from Mt Torrens Oval, 60km.

Participants of the Bupa Challenge Tour are provided with an exclusive Bupa Challenge Tour jersey to wear during the ride, a timing chip and unique rider ID number, as well as full mechanical and medical support during the ride.

Bookings essential -

Friday 19 January 11.30am - 3pm - Stage 4 Norwood - Uraidla

Cycling enthusiasts will put their skills to the test from Norwood to Uraidla on the Bupa Challenge Tour just hours before the professionals tackle the stage. Riders will take on the famous Norton Summit for the Subaru King of the Mountain before riding uphill into Uraidla for the finish arch. 

Saturday 20 January 11.10am - 2.58pm - Stage 5 McLaren Vale - Willunga Hill

Stage 5 is a favourite for the spectators and is heralded as the 'Queen' stage of the Santos Tour Down Under - and 2018 will be no different. The day will start in McLaren Vale, famous for its winemaking. The town is always in party mode during the race, with the peloton headed for the iconic Willunga Hill. Fans flock roadside to cheer on their heroes in what is often the deciding stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Saturday 20 January 5.30pm - 9.45pm - Wilson Parking Car Park Climb

The Wilson Parking Carpark Climb Presented by ADVAM is back in 2018! Racing the clock from street level to the top of a multi-storey carpark while there’s a party going on? Yep, that’s what this is all about. Each rider gets two attempts to set a time up the ramps, and the riders in each category (road bikes and single speed bikes) with the lowest cumulative times will be crowned Kings and Queens of the night.

With a DJ, two bars, food trucks, thousands of people and a stack of cowbells - this is an event you won’t want to miss.

- Limited to 120 riders
- $20 to compete, spectating free
- On site food and drink vendors
- Family-friendly
- Half-time entertainment
- After party 

Sunday 21 January 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Be Safe, Be Seen MAC Stage 6

The final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under in 2018 will see the peloton race through the streets of Adelaide on this fast-paced 4.5km circuit. Touching the tip of the City of Adelaide Tour Village and starting and finishing by Elder Park on the banks of the River Torrens, there are plenty of great vantage points to catch the riders fly past. Make sure you're there road-side to see the first winner of the 2018 UCI WorldTour season is crowned.