2023 Santos Tour Down Under Premium Long Weekend

Follow the final stages of the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under.
Ride the famous Old Willunga Hill, the Corkscrew and be there for the finale on Mt Lofty.
Rub shoulders with the who's who of cycling, staying at Race HQ

January 19, 2023 to January 23, 2022

5 days
Adelaide, South Australia
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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.

  • Tough climbing stages in the Adelaide Hills
  • High-paced stage through McLaren Vale
  • Lung busting stage to Mt Lofty

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AT A GLANCE
AUD $2,600 TWIN SHARE
  • 4-9 Days
  • Social to Experienced
  • Daily Breakfast, Gourmet Lunches
  • Adelaide Hilton
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Support Vehicle
  • Mechanical Assistance
  • Navigational Guidance
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Tour Departs

Adelaide, South Australia, January 19, 2023


Tour Finishes

Adelaide, South Australia, January 23, 2022


Tour Style

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


Trip Suitability

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


Meals Included

  • Buffet breakfast every day
  • Private Welcome Function
  • Gourmet Lunches

Tour Inclusions

  • 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
  • Some lunches provided
  • Visit iconic wine regions of South Australia and more
  • See the final 3 stages of the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under

Pricing


Price: AUD $2,600 (twin share) | AUD$180 (twin share) for additional night

Single Supplement: AUD $800 | AUD$350 for additional night

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 a 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.

See the final 3 Stages of the Santos Tour Down Under

Men's Stage 3 - Corkscrew

Watch the race on the infamous Corkscrew Road.

TDU Stage 3 Map
TDU Stage 3 Corkscrew Details

Start: 11:00

Finish: 14:15

Distance: 118km

Men's Stage 4 - McLaren Vale

Head to McLaren Vale amongst the wineries for the strongly contested finish to Willunga.

TDU Stage 4 Map
TDU Stage 4 McLaren Vale Details

Start: 11:00

Finish: 14:30

Distance: 135km

Men's Stage 5 - Mt Lofty

See the heavily contested final stage on the circuit through Adelaide Hills involving the climb to the scenic Mt Lofty, one of South Australia's biggest tourist destinations.

The winners will be crowned on the summit.

TDU Stage 5 Map
TDU Stage 5 Mt Lofty Details

Start: 11:00

Finish: 14:15

Distance: 114km

Santos Tour Down Under 5-Day Tour – Trip Itinerary

Welcome to Adelaide

Thursday, 19 January 2023
Hilton Adelaide, Race Headquarters
Welcome function
guides and guests overlooking Henley Beach
Shake-down ride to Henley beach with professional guides

Arrive anytime today and join us for the afternoon shake-down ride.

We offer a number of shuttles from the airport to collect you and your bike. After helping assemble your bike, we will head out on a leisurely shake-down ride. We’ll get our bearing, and check that our bodies and bikes are running well. On return to the hotel, your room will be ready and you can freshen up for our welcome function tonight.

You will be able to keep up to date with today’s stage, following the race from the Tour Expo across the road from the hotel. This evening, we will meet other guests at a private pre-dinner function. Guides will be on hand to answer your questions about travelling to Adelaide for the Santos Tour Down Under.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arrival shuttle from Adelaide Airport
  • Shake-down ride to Henley Beach
  • Pre-dinner welcome function
TODAY'S RIDE
 

Our ride today follows the River Torrens to Henley Beach, where we will see the Henley Jetty. We can have a quick pause, toilet break and chat before returning via Glenelg. The aim of today is to make sure that you are comfortable riding in a group and understand how our professional guides support every guest on the bike, from navigation, and mechanical assistance, to hydration support, and motivation.

Corkscrew

Friday, 20 January 2023
Hilton Adelaide, Race Headquarters
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch
racing tdu on corkscrew
Watch the Santos Tour Down Under on the Corkscrew

Today’s stage is close to Adelaide, starting in an inner suburb. We will take the opportunity to see the start of the race, and then ride out to the final challenge of today’s stage – the Corkscrew. It is a popular road for cyclists and rally car drivers. It follows the Corkscrew road, and you’d say it is aptly named. The tight twists quickly climbs up from Gorge Road to Montacute – where we will watch the race.

We’ll also provide you with a picnic lunch prior to the arrival of the race. With a great view of the riders on the climb, today will be a special memory of the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under. After seeing the last rider, we have a downhill run back to our hotel and you can enjoy an easier day on the bike as well as a earlier arrival to your hotel.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stage Start in Norwood
  • Corkscrew Road
  • Picnic Lunch
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

We will keep our rides shorter today. We will barely get started before we pause and watch the riders prepare and sign on for the stage from the funky suburb of Norwood. Once the race heads out, and we’ve fueled up on coffee, we will head up Gorge Road, before taking the right turn onto Corkscrew Road, you’re on the corkscrew. We’ll watch the race and return down the newly surfaced Montacute road back to our hotel.

McLaren Vale Stage

Saturday, 21 January 2023
Hilton Adelaide, Race Headquarters
Breakfast, Farewell Dinner (incl. wine)
Cycling near the SA coastline
See the stage start at Aldinga Beach before going to McLaren Vale

We’ll retrace some of our steps today and head back to McLaren Vale. For those that didn’t climb Old Willunga Hill earlier in the week, you’ll have another opportunity today. After breakfast we will head to the stage start at Aldinga Beach, we will follow the Pat Jonker bikeway, which cuts out most of the hills. After seeing the stage start on the esplanade, we will head to Willunga and watch the race multiple times, as well as the exciting stage finish.

It will be an uphill finish, still favouring the sprinters. However, timing the sprint will be everything. Once the race has finished, we’ll head back to Adelaide and enjoy dinner together and celebrate our 2023 cycling holiday in Adelaide, at the Santos Tour Down Under.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stage Start in Aldinga
  • Stage Finish in Willunga
  • Pat Jonker bikeway
  • Farewell dinner, including wine
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

Our main ride today is to Aldinga beach along the Pat Jonker bikeway. It will be bursting with other cyclists today, so we will have a number of regrouping points so that you can ride at your own pace, and still have our guides on hand to support you. Once we watch the stage start, it is a short ride to the finish area, where we’ll watch the race a number of times.

We have an extension option available today, for stronger riders. We will keep a firm pace and return to Adelaide on the bike. If you’ve enjoyed a drink in Willunga or aren’t up for keeping firm pressure on the pedals, our transport is on hand to transport you and your bike back.

Mt Lofty Finale

Sunday, 22 January 2023
(Extra) Hilton Adelaide, Race Headquarters
Breakfast
tdu cyclists giving fans a high five
Watch the final stage on the climb to Mt Lofty summit

Today’s stage starts in Unley, which is a short distance from our hotel. We’ll head down and enjoy another stage start, in a popular cafe precinct. Once the riders head off, we will make our way to Stirling, Crafers and onto the final climb to Mt Lofty to watch the race. We can pause in Stirling and enjoy some local Adelaide Hills produce. Today’s stage is a break from tradition and will be sure to invigorate to competition for the Ochre jersey. The undulating circuits before the climb to Mt Lofty will provide an opportunity for a number of attacks and possibly isolate riders. It will be a fast stage.

Once the race finishes on Mt Lofty, we will head back to our hotel and for anyone flying home this evening we will help you pack your bike and shuttle you and your luggage to the airport. You have the option to stay the additional night (additional cost) at the Hilton before heading home tomorrow. We’ll have a number of shuttles going to the airport tomorrow.

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Final stage of 2023 Santos Tour Down Under
  • Unley Stage Start
  • Mt Lofty Stage Finish
  • Airport Transfers
SHORT RIDE
 
LONG RIDE
 

Our ride takes us to the start of the stage and then takes a quiet road up through Belair National Park to Crafers and Stirling. You will see the stage multiple times today, before the finish on Mt Lofty.

Farewell from Adelaide

Saturday, 23 January 2021
Departure. Adelaide Airport
Buffet Breakfast
Time to celebrate a great trip
Local Experience at the best local venues

We bid farewell to our guests, and welcome back travel.

It has been a long time coming, a return to some state of normality and travelling with our bikes again. We thank you for joining us in Adelaide as we celebrate the return of international cycling stars.

For those departing today, we will arrange your transfers to the Adelaide Airport to connect with your flight.

 

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Farewell to guests
  • Transfer to Adelaide Airport for Depature
NO RIDE TODAY

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