2023 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. Adelaide has become a great place for this cycling event, and a great place to ride.January 15, 2022 to January 23, 2022 [TBC]
Adelaide, South Australia
Join us in Adelaide as we provide you with a carefully planned itinerary that gets you to every stage of the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under.
- Sprinter stages in the Barossa Valley
- Tough climbing stages in the Adelaide Hills
- Lung busting stage through McLaren Vale and up Old Willunga Hill
- Breakaway stages through the Fleurieu Peninsula
- Dramatic street circuits within the confines of the CBD
PopularAT A GLANCE
- 4-9 Days
- Social to Experienced
- Daily Breakfast, Gourmet Lunches
- Adelaide Hilton
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- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- Navigational Guidance
Adelaide, South Australia, January 2023
Group Size: 40 guests – 8 staff
Rides: Our rides are designed to explore the picturesque and beautiful Adelaide Hills with a long and short ride option each day.
Challenge Rating: Some hills
Accommodation: Race HQ – 4 star Adelaide Hilton, optional single supplement when booking
Cyclists and Non-cyclists: Our trip is primarily designed for the cyclists and will include activities for non cyclists if riders wish to bring their partners or for non-riding cycling enthusiasts
- Buffet breakfast every day
- Private Welcome Function
- Wine Tasting
- Gourmet Lunches
- Accommodation at Race HQ
- Professional and experienced cycling guides
- Travel in air-conditioned vehicles
- Transfers to and from Adelaide airport
- All meals (as listed on itineraries)
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Ride nutrition (including drinking water, sport powders and bars / muffins and fruit)
- Bikestyle Tours Supporter Pack
- Ride files and detailed tour itinerary
- Entry fees (as listed on itineraries)
Why we Love this Tour
- Travelling in a small group of cyclists on carefully designed ride routes that maximise your safety, enjoyment and challenge
- Comfort for having your bike securely stored at each event
- Choose from the challenging ride option or the easier ride option each day
- Off-bike activities include wine tasting, various local cycling events
- Fully guided and supported rides
- Winery lunch
- Visit iconic wine regions of South Australia and more
- Premium access to official events at the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under
- See every stage of the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under
Price: TBC (twin share, single supplement available
Customised weekend packages available starting from AUD$1000
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.
The best ride routes of the Santos Tour Down Under
We’ve hosted guests at every edition of the Santos Tour Down Under, we are the longest running Official Travel Specialist for the event. In 2023, cycling fans will again descend on Adelaide, as we welcome back World Tour competition. This is a unique event that celebrates all disciplines of cycling and access will be hotly sought after.
Showcasing the event is the UCI World Tour stage race for both men and women. Each peloton is bursting with the World Champions, Olympians, National Champions, Grand Tour contenders. Our heavy Australian contingent has been heavily tested by the internationals in recent editions.
At stake are the important UCI ranking points, stage and tour victories. But uniquely to our Santos Tour Down Under event is that every rider is more relaxed. Our guests enjoy the unprecedented access to have their photo with cyclists, conversations about the race or less serious topics, taking autographs, sharing the elevator with your cycling hero, or the ability to have a coffee with some of the peloton. We’ve even had professional cyclists deliver our guests bags to their room! Maybe they’re looking for some post-career opportunities with the best Cycling Tour Operator.
Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest Australian cycling event
Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest week of cycling in Australia and you will get access to every event that is a part of the festival. If you’d like to choose your favourite events and take some time to explore Adelaide and its surroundings, you’re welcome to. Our local guides will even offer some great suggestions for truly unique and local experiences.
We cater for cyclists, their non-riding partners or non-cycling enthusiasts. Our itinerary will explore the best of the Adelaide Hills and help you discover Adelaide, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. We carefully schedule our rides over stunning ride routes to arrive at the best moments of the week. You will be fully supported with our professional cycling guides, bicycle mechanics, van support and we arrange your access to venues. We remove the challenges for travelling with your bike, provide security for your bike, and transport your personal items so that you can enjoy the week-long event, the way you’d like.
Our Local Experience helps you around the Santos Tour Down Under
If you’re not riding, you will be hosted by our tour guides and have the possibility to explore local towns ahead of the race and enjoy the festival atmosphere. You will also be supporting a local tourist industry that has been impacted by the calamity of the pandemic and bushfires.
Even if you’re unable to attend the entire festival. Choose from any of the final days of the festival and arrive on a day of your choice. Our trips to the Santos Tour Down Under start from $1000 per person twin share. For the full immersive experience, including winery lunches, access to every cycling stage and a ride every day then you must join us from for the week-long event.
Santos Festival of Cycling Week Tour – Daily Itinerary
Welcome to the Cycling Festival – Evening at the Track
Arrive today in Adelaide, one of Australia’s great cities. Once known as the city of churches, now it has a thriving arts and culture scene and hosts some big sporting events, including the Santos Tour Down Under. Arrive before lunchtime and you will be able to join us on our short afternoon ride.
Your staff will meet you at the Adelaide Airport, and transfer you to our Adelaide Hotel. Our team mechanic will assist you with assembling your bike as we prepare for our afternoon ride to the beaches. This evening we will make our way to the track carnival for an action-packed evening watching the close wheel action of the track. Not for the faint-hearted as riders rocket around the steeply banked timber boards.
Birds’ eye view at Mt Lofty Ranges and a visit to beautiful Stirling
This morning we can enjoy a leisurely breakfast as we fuel up for our ride to the Mt Lofty Ranges. We have a late-lunch commitment this afternoon at a local winery. You’ll surely have an appetite by then, the guilty-free pleasures of riding.
Departing from Adelaide, we will first visit Stirling at the top of the South Eastern freeway. Rest assured, there is a fantastic bikeway adjacent to the freeway that gives us a route mostly away from traffic. For those wanting to stretch the legs a little more, we have a couple of extensions that you can choose that discover the most scenic roads around Stirling. We’ll have time for multiple coffee stops and regroup at Mt Lofty Lookout for a birds’ eye view of Adelaide.
After our ride, we enjoy a multiple course lunch, with accompanying wines at a local winery. Our welcome lunches at the Santos Tour Down Under have always been a highlight for our guests.
Discover the secrets of Barossa Valley
Another fuelling breakfast this morning before we head north of Adelaide to the Barossa Valley. We’ll target the finish of today’s opening stage of the National Road Series race. We get two races each day, first the women’s event followed by the men. As you will see in this exciting format, the intensity between women’s and men’s racing is very similar.
Our journey to the Barossa takes a safe route through the Northern suburbs of Adelaide before climbing up to Kersbrook and Williamstown. We’ll be able to tick along in our own small peloton. Before reaching Lyndoch, we will detour to the intriguing Whispering Wall where your silent whispers are magnified by the dam wall, clever acoustic addition to an otherwise standard civil project. After testing the acoustics we ride through the Barossa Vineyards arriving for the finish of the women’s race.
We have your entry to the finish area secured today, so you’ll have exclusive access to the best coverage of today’s races.
Adelaide Hills explorer and Cross Country Mountain Bike event
Some of our favourite rides involve Paracombe, Inglewood, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla and of course Lobethal. With the finish in Lobethal today and another exclusive access to the finish in a winery, we will explore our favourite roads in the Adelaide Hills.
Whether you’re a non-cyclist or cyclist today, exploring the Adelaide Hills has something for everyone. After seeing the women’s and men’s races, we will return via Uraidla and Crafers to watch the exciting mountain bike event. The cross country short track event will have some great technical sections as well as difficult climbs and gnarly descents. Based on the longer XCO format, the shorter laps makes for great spectating.
Magnificent McLaren Vale, Old Willunga Hill and Cyclocross
Richie Porte’s timing for Adelaide has always been his strength. Richie’s new team for 2021 (Ineos Grenadier) have given him permission to ride for the Australian National Team rather than return to Europe for the start of 2021. We are sure he is keen to defend yet another title for Old Willunga Hill. See the start of today’s stage from the exclusive location of the d’Arenberg Cube before watching the finish on Old Willunga Hill from a prime vantage location.
For our third cycling event today, we will return to Adelaide for the electric Cyclocross event. The lung-busting circuit has developed the fitness, strength and skill of the most exciting international cyclists. One of the most exciting finishes in the World Tour in 2020 was that between young foes Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert – they both hold world titles in cyclocross.
An action packed criterium for a final stage and the mayhem of BMX racing
We have much of today available for riding our bikes or touristic activities. Our ride will take in some beautiful roads with a high possibility for spotting koalas. We will then head for the coast where we can catch the action at the BMX track.
We’ll have you back in Adelaide in time to change and wander down to the evening’s criterium event and the final stage to the Festival of Cycling. With intermediate sprint and premium ‘premes’ on offer, the 60-minute circuit will be high speed, high action and will certainly have its drama. Who will take the crown of the National Road Series stage race?
Farewell from Adelaide – the Santos Festival of Cycling
Sadly today we farewell our guests to the Santos Festival of Cycling. We’ve combined every cycling event of the festival and chosen our most favourite rides to share. Our knowledge has been gained from our years of experience at the Santos Tour Down Under as well as some unique adventures of our local Adelaide guides.
We have various shuttles to the airport throughout the day, enabling you to connect with your preferred flight back home.
Why Book with Bikestyle Tours?
A COVID-Safe plan
- All staff and guests must complete a pre-travel questionnaire prior to the start of the trip
- Bikestyle Tours complies with the QLD COVID Safe Industry Plan (Tourism and Accommodation, Bike Tours); such as controls for social distancing, cleaning and hygiene, vehicle transport.
Bookings are risk-free and guarantee you a spot!
Pre-bookings are risk-free and guarantee you a spot!
Our pre-booking system is a risk-free way to reserve your place. That means you have first right of refusal once we’ve released the official trip itinerary. You’ll have 10 days to decide from when you receive the itinerary to confirm or cancel the booking. At this time you are required to pay your trip deposit to secure the booking.
Are Trips Guaranteed Departures?
We make every effort to guarantee departures to give you peace of mind that once you’ve booked your trip – you’re going! We do not cancel trips due to insufficient numbers leaving you stranded.