For 2023 we have got some fantastic new packages for your week with Kiwi Style Bike Tours. We have several accommodation options to help you customise a tour package that meets your requirements and budget.
At Kiwi Style Bike Tours we actually look after you properly, with a support vehicle for the duration of the tour, offering airport transfers, guided rides with vehicle support, short and long ride options including transfers when required and the flexibility of non-riding afternoon excursions in the greater Adelaide area.
Studio Share Twin/Double accommodation package $3095.00 per person. Modern studio style unit featuring kitchenette (cooktop, bar fridge, toaster, kettle, microwave). A fantastic option to keep things simple and make the most of Adelaide’s fantastic dine-out options.
Standard Share Twin/Double accommodation package $3295.00 per person. Modern, spacious one bedroom unit, larger than the studio and featuring washing/drying facilities. Fully equiped kitchen (cooktop, oven, full size fridge, dishwasher) and dining table. The perfect option for the flexibility of doing a supermarket run and eating in on any chosen night.
Great Mates accommodation package $2950.00 per person. This option is for a group booking of four (must book together). Modern, spacious two bedroom unit. Features washing/drying facilities, fully equiped kitchen (cooktop, oven, full size fridge, dishwasher) and dining table. Two bathrooms. Four mates, all the amenities, oh there is so much fun to be had right here!!
Single Supplement $750.00. Gives you a Studio unit all to yourself.
*Challenge Tour and Legends Dinner are Santos Tour Down Under official events. We are currently waiting for 2023 event details.
The proposed itinerary for the next ten days includes a combination of rides based in the Adelaide Hills, the coastal road with its popular cafes and incorporating selected stage starts, stage finishes and key stage viewing points along the race route. The Challenge Tour ride is traditionally on Friday, however we are waiting on the confirmation from the event organisers that this is the case for 2023 – the stage route certainly suggests it is. Most days will have Long Ride options for full days of riding and Short Ride options to take in some of Adelaides non-riding highlights in the afternoons (wineries, shopping, cafes, beach, etc).
Day One (Saturday): We’ll pick you up from Adelaide Airport at midday and head to our hotel in the heart of Adelaide. The afternoon is spent settling in, assembling bikes, then wandering down to the Tour Village and soaking up some of the atmosphere in the build up to this evening’s Schwalbe Classic Womens and Mens street races. This is a fantastic opening spectacle to the Tour Down Under week.
Day Two (Sunday): For our first day of riding we are going to be showcasing an overview of the area with a taster of the hills and the coast. We’ll start with a nice cruise up into the Adelaide Hills, heading up to Mt Lofty, the highest point in Adelaide, to get the best view of the area. The second part of the ride is a relaxed pedal out to the beach lands that are home to some fantastic cafes. The fascinating part of this ride is watching all the bunches – pro teams cruising, weekend warriors chasing, mates cruising – they are all out and about today.
Ride Distance: 80km
Day Three (Monday): We are going to complete a fantastic loop in the hills today, heading up one of our favourite climbs – Montecute Road and then on through some of the roads synonymous with cycling in Adelaide – Marble Hill Road, Lobethal Road, Basket Range Road. We’re going to tick off about 60km of hilly riding today, with options for more afternoon riding or afternoon R&R.
Ride Distance 120km/60km
Day Four (Tuesday): We’ve got a blank canvas today – with our essential viewing being the opening Prologue starting at 6pm on the banks of River Torrens in the heart of Adelaide. We’re working on our ride itinerary for today – incorporating up to 100km of riding in the hinterland of Adelaide.
Ride Distance: 100km
Day Five (Wednesday): Options a plenty today! Today’s opening Tour Down Under road race stage is out at Tanunda. That a fantastic 72km ride from Adelaide City, with most of the climbing being ticked off early in the ride. Let’s do it! We’ll head on out to catch the Sprint and the Stage 1 Finish in Tanunda. The options today are ride the first 72km and catch the minibus back with some good climbing in the legs. Or minibus out and enjoy riding the easier profile of the return 72km. Or – feeling feisty? then tick off all 145km for a really hardcore ride!
Ride Distance: 145km/72km/72km
Day Six (Thursday): Today we are going to head out on the coastal flat lands – destination Brighton to watch the Stage 2 Start. This is always a great insight into the organised chaos and party atmosphere the pro racers go through on the start line. After they have rolled out, we will head up into the hills – today is all about ticking off some more of our favourites – Stirling, Mt Lofty, Basket Range, Gorge Road. With the Challenge Tour on tomorrow (TBC), for some about 45km of riding will be enough for today, for others a full ride of 90km will be irresistable.
Ride Distance 90km/45km
Day Seven (Friday): Traditionally today is the Challenge Tour ride. While we are awaiting that confirmation from the event organisers, we will assume that this is the case for 2023. The chance to ride a full stage ahead of the pro racers is a fantastic opportunity, if not a little humbling when you see how quickly they race it. Riding Stage 3 is definitely a challenge – Checker Hill Climb and Corkscrew Climb are infamous! This is set to be an awesome day out.
Ride Distance: 120km
Day Eight (Saturday): Today we are going to make the most of the fantastic dedicated cycle paths out to McLaren Vale. These paths are great fun to ride – with no traffic to worry about it’s just relaxed banter all the way. From McLaren Vale we’ll head on to Willunga to watch the Stage KOM and Stage 4 Finish. Although not featuring in this years stage, the famous Willunga climb is right here, so why not tick it off – because we can. We take the same route back into Adelaide via the cycle paths to complete todays ride.
Ride Distance 115km/55km
Day Nine (Sunday): The final stage of this years tour gives us endless possibilities for race viewing. With the stage starting close to our hotel in Unley, we’ll make the most of the opportunity to see the Stage 5 Start and then head up to a viewing point near the Mt Lofty KOM to see the racers tackle the four laps of this nuggety stage (over 3000m of climbing). Today will be chaotic with spectators and a fantastic atmosphere to finish the race viewing. It also means forgoing a few miles of riding our own bikes to get settled into our viewing spot and cheering for our favourite riders.
Ride Distance: 50km
Day Ten (Monday): On the final day of our 2023 tour we’ll enjoy a relaxed breakfast, reflecting on what a fantastic week of riding we have had. We will transfer you to Adelaide Airport by late morning.
Fancy an extra night or two pre or post tour? We can arrange this for you for $150pp per night including breakfast (Studio Apartment – Share Twin). Extra nights as a single are $235pp per night including breakfast (Studio Apartment – Single)
The Santos Tour Down Under has a difficulty rating of 2 stars, with a combination of flat and rolling/hill rides on most days and several options for shorter or longer rides. While you don’t need to be a racer, a good level of general fitness is required to enjoy this tour. Remember no rides are compulsory.
OwnerJake Rowse is the owner of Kiwi Style Bike Tours, having taken over the reigns from company founder Richard Scott in 2017. Jakes first year guiding for Kiwi Style was 2012, while he and his wife and two daughters were living in France. Jake has been a keen cyclist, racing...
Tour guideBarry Tinkler (Baz) has been guiding for as long as Kiwi Style has been in existence. Always a laugh a minute on tour - he is the king of allocating nicknames. Baz has been riding and racing bikes since the beginning of time - in fact the rumour is that...