Santos Tour Down Under 2020 Trip Details
AT A GLANCE
- 8 Days
- Wine Room & Gourmet Lunch
- See Every Stage
- Luxury Transport
- High Staff Ratio
- Experienced to Social
- TDU Race HQ, Hilton Adelaide
- Accommodation at Race Headquarters, Hilton Adelaide
- Gourmet BBQ and Picnic on some days
- 3-course welcome lunch including drinks
- Escape by bike in the Adelaide Hills, including Corkscrew, Checker Hill, Norton Summit, Gorge Road and Mt Lofty Lookout
- Experience the famous Old Willunga Hill stage in McLaren Vale wine region
- Visit Hahndorf, Stirling, Lobethal, Uraidla and Aldgate Valley
- Full mechanical assistance, van support and guided rides
Dates: January 19, 2020 to January 26, 2020
Start: Hilton Adelaide, Race HQ
Finish: Hilton Adelaide, Race HQ
Group Size: 30 guests – 6 staff
Price: AUD $4,150 (USD $3,000)
Single Supplement: AUD $1,350 (USD $900)
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.
Note: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.
Most days our rides start and finish at our accommodation. We'll see every stage of the Tour Down Under and you'll ride on the course often.
Our ride guides and support vehicles support every ride. Each support vehicle has a professional bike carriers should you wish to have a rest or fetch a lift back to our accommodation. We take the best care of you and your bike. We have enough bike mounts for every guest, and a seat in the transport for every guest.
We offer many ride options each day. So you don't have to be an elite cyclist to join us.
We also offer ride extensions so you can ride more miles and climb more vertical metres if you wish.
Cyclists and Spectator Itineraries
Spectators and Racing Fans
Racing fans are always welcome!
Social Riders and Occasional Racers
We understand that your cycling holiday is a HOLIDAY! We understand that you don't normally ride everyday at home. Our ride routes cherry-pick the best areas.
Some training will always enhance your experience!
Experienced Riders and Club Racers
Your cycling holiday is all actually about the bike! Our epic and challenge ride options seek more vertical metres and longer miles.
Accommodation and Transport
- Stay at Race Headquarters
- 7 nights accommodation at the Hilton Adelaide
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure
- Full buffet breakfast each day
All transport for you and your bike, including support for non-cyclists
- Return private transfers for Challenge Tour, using professional bike carriers
Additional Meals and Wine Tasting
- Gourmet 3-course restaurant lunch on race course, with wines included
- Wine tasting experience in Barossa Valley
- Pre-dinner drinks and appetizers at a local wine bar
- Picnic lunch including cold drinks
- Gourmet BBQ Lunch including wine and beer at Old Willunga Hill finish
See Santos Tour Down Under Stages
- Down Under Classic
- Women's Tour Down Under, final stage
- Santos Tour Down Under, every stage live
Professional Ride Support
- Professional mechanical assistance for your bike
- Guided rides each day including riding on course
- Detailed itinerary and guide to Santos Tour Down Under 2020
- Full Bikestyle kit including cycling jersey, bib-knicks, musette and cap
- Professional advice on how to prepare for your cycling trip
- Advice for improving your riding, climbing and descending
- Down Under Classic Corporate Hospitality
- Entry to Challenge Tour
- Legends’ Dinner
8-Day Tour Itinerary
Down Under Classic Showcase Event
Collection, leisurely ride to the Adelaide beaches and watch the showcase event, Down Under Classic.
We have many collection times throughout the day, from Adelaide Airport. Arrive a day earlier to see the team presentations.
Our professional staff will be on-hand to help assemble your bike and assist with hotel check-in. We are staying across the road from the City of Adelaide Tour Village at Hilton Adelaide.
This afternoon, we'll have a short warm-up ride to the Adelaide beaches and have you back in time to see the exciting Down Under Classic, conveniently just across the road from our hotel.
Adelaide Hills and Beautiful Towns
Explore the Adelaide Hills — Coffee Stops, Bakeries and more than 100km if you wish.
It's a rest day for the professional teams. We'll probably see some of the teams out on the roads ourselves.
We'll explore the Adelaide Hills with its beautiful villages and charming streets. Riders and non-riders will meet up at various times and share the experience.
Our final stop will be a lunch location in the hills celebrating the fine local produce. It will be a casual affair, and a great way to meet your fellow travelers or ask staff questions about your bike tour to the Santos Tour Down Under.
We have many ride options from which you can choose today. There are designated shortcuts and ride extensions available at various points.
Barossa Valley and Tanunda Stage
Explore Barossa Valley — a private wine tasting and welcome lunch on course, plus the surprising Whispering Wall.
This morning we will explore the Southern Barossa Valley. In the cool of the morning we will complete our ride, visiting the secrets of the Whispering Wall.
Once those on the other side of the wall have heard our secret, we'll make our way to today's stage start in Tanunda, among the infamous Barossa Vines.
We have a special treat for you today after the riders roll out. We'll congregate in our private function room, on race course and enjoy the air conditioning, some wine tasting and a 3 course lunch with wines.
After lunch and our fill, we can step outside and see the stage finish as well. It will be a memorable way to see the first stage of the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under.
Stirling Finish and Stage Start
Taste Adelaide Hills boutique producers. Take Norton Summit to race start, then Stirling for an exciting finish.
If you're up for a challenge today, you can spend much of it on the bike. Start with a ride up Norton summit and through the Adelaide Hills to the stage start in Woodside.
For our non-riders, or if you'd like to rest your legs we'll drive you to Woodside. After the start we have alternative routes to arrive in Stirling for the exciting circuit finish.
Regularly appearing on the Santos Tour Down Under, Stirling is a wonderful finish location, and a pop-up market highlight the local wares.
After the finish, you may like to ride back to our hotel, it's pretty much downhill all the way!
Ride Corkscrew and Inglewood Sprints
Catch today's stage multiple times as the valuable sprint points accumulate — we'll ride corkscrew road
We'll enjoy the shade and cool air this morning heading out under the canopy of Gorge Road. If we're lucky we may even spot a koala. Before climbing too far, we'll make a diversion up Corkscrew, a short and challenging climb. Pain is only short lived.
Our long and short rides will split at the top as the shorter ride takes more direct route to watch the race. Our long ride explores some more remote areas of the Adelaide Hills before catching up with the race.
We'll see the race multiple times including all of the sprints and the stage finish in Paracombe. Our non-riders will also be able to see the stage start while enjoying a nice morning coffee.
Challenge Tour or Historic Hahndorf
Tough choices today! Ride the Challenge Tour or take it a little easier and visit Historic Hahndorf.
Register for the Challenge Tour and we will transport you and your bike with our professional bike carriers to the start. There are 3 distances to choose. After the stage finish our private transfer will have you back at race headquarters in no time.
For something a little easier and for our non-riders we will see the stage start before heading off to Hahndorf. You can spend some time exploring the shops and wonderful cafes.
We have transport taking guests to see today's finish in Murray Bridge as well.
Legends’ Dinner, Victor Harbor Finish
Indulge at tonight's Legends' Dinner, see the great stage finish in Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
We recommend attending the gala dinner this evening, the Santos Tour Down Under Legends' Night Dinner. Hosted by the familiar voices of Matthew Keenan and Phil Liggett, they interview the cycling stars and recognise the history of the biggest cycling race in Australia. After making your trip deposit, our team will provide details for how you can book the extras.
This morning we will venture down the Fleurieu Peninsula to ultimately see the stage finish in Victor Harbour on the water's edge. We have a challenging ride and an easier option for you to choose.
For our non-riders and spectators we'll visit Goolwa and Port Elliot before the race arrives.
Willunga Hill Finish, Private Function
A trip highlight — our private function area close to the finish on Old Willunga Hill, the final stage.
The traditional Old Willunga Hill stage coincides with Australia Day. Santos Tour Down Under 2020 final stage will attract record crowds. On arrival at the finish area you can relax with a gourmet bbq including wine, beer and ciders.
Our riders will first meet up with our non-riders and spectators at McLaren Vale for the stage start. We have a ride through the main range to challenge our strong riders or take the Pat Jonker bike way for a flatter route.
After seeing the start, we head off for our own assault of Old Willunga Hill.
Guests can depart this evening from Adelaide, plan your departure after 7pm. Alternatively, stay the extra day and relax this evening in Adelaide and enjoy the national holiday tomorrow.
Santos Tour Down Under Stages
Santos TDU 2020 will have a total of 6 stages, plus the Down Under Classic. See the race everyday.
Adelaide is 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.
Ride the Santos Tour Down Under 2020
Last year we saw the famous Old Willunga Hill stage move to Stage 6, the final day. It created an exciting finish and the atmosphere was incredible. Our guests enjoy a privately catered gourmet BBQ at the finish area. We get you there to witness the celebration of the winners of the Santos Tour Down Under.
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 Travel Specialist since the inception of the Santos Tour Down Uner. 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.
Longest official tour operator of TDU
Like all Bikestyle Tours trips, the itinerary is carefully planned, you can choose between different ride options each day. We deliver great service, every time.
- Experienced guides
- High guide-to-guest ratio
- Attention to every detail
We have exceptional service to our guests
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. Our guests are able to take photos with all of the cycling stars.
Our Tour Down Under trip is 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.