A cycling holiday not to be missed!! Our 2020 Santos Tour Down Under package combines the stunning scenery of the Adelaide area, the great Aussie summer climate and a chance to soak up the atmosphere of a professional bike race.
The official Santos Tour Down Under race route is usually announced at the end of July. We will adapt our final ride itinerary and confirm these dates based on the race route for 2020. We offer a full refund of the $500 deposit, within 14 days of our itinerary announcement, if you are not satisfied with the final dates and itinerary and wish to withdraw from the tour.
Our 2020 package includes 8 nights in the heart of Adelaide – giving great access to the best rides, restaurants, cafes and the City of Adelaide Tour Village.
We believe a cycling holiday is just that – a combination of great bike rides with a relaxed holiday atmosphere.
Day One. Sunday 12th January. Our pick up point is Adelaide airport at midday. Our hotel is just a 20 minute drive away, where we will get you checked in and assist with assembling the bikes. The start time of the People’s Choice street race will dictate whether we get out for a quick test spin this afternoon.
In the mid-late afternoon we get our first taste of speed. The People’s Choice street race is an up close, in your face, taste of pro riders in full flight. Both the women’s and men’s races are a chance to cheer on our Kiwi riders and get the indescribable buzz of street racing.
Day Two. Monday 13th January. This is a day of no racing before the official Santos Tour Down Under starts on Tuesday. After the excitement of last nights street racing the mood of today feels more relaxed, chatty and casual. That feeling is reflected by the bunches of pro teams casually taking their coffee rides around Adelaide. This is what is special about the Santos Tour Down Under – such easy access to meet riders we spend the rest of the year watching on our TV screens at 3am in the morning!!
Today we’ve got no deadlines to meet to see any racing, we’ve just got an agenda of fantastic riding and we’ve got all day to enjoy it. We will combine a loop of the Adelaide Hills with a loop to the seaside cafes of Henley Beach, to get a feel for the lay of the land and a taste of what is ahead for the week.
Day Four. Tuesday 15th January. TBA. Itinerary dependant on official race route.
Day Five. Wednesday 16th January. TBA. Itinerary dependant on official race route.
Day Six. Thursday 17th January. TBA. Itinerary dependant on official race route.
Day Seven. Friday 18th January. A light morning ride and a relaxing afternoon is the order of the day today as we’ve got a big day tomorrow. Isn’t the Adelaide area famous for it’s wineries? Now there’s an idea for this afternoon.
Day Eight. Saturday 19th January. This is Challenge Tour Day (pending official announcement) – your chance to ride a full stage of the Santos Tour Down Under just hours before the pro riders charge on through the same parcours. An early start is on the cards today (6am on the start line) and what a day it’s going to be. The casual atmosphere of this event provides a great chance to chat away to like minded cyclists and make the most of the roadside hospitality at the refreshment stops along the way. Post event, take up a spot in front of the big screen and watch the pro riders fly over those hills we have just struggled with!!
This is a feature day of the Santos Tour Down Under week and a fantastic event to build up to with our ride itinerary. Despite what will appear to be a daunting parcours for the day, the casual, no pressure atmosphere shared by thousands of others will have you ticking off this bucket list event with a smile on your face!
Day Nine. Sunday 20th January. TBA. Itinerary dependant on official race route.
Day Ten. Monday 21st January. Our last day of the Tour has us finishing with a transfer to the airport at 10:00am. It is advisable to book a return flight after midday.
Each Kiwi Style Bike Tour has a full ride itinerary, which includes shorter ride options where practicable. We provide an atmosphere where no ride is compulsory and can advise which rides to shorten to ensure you enjoy all of the features of this tour. We have the experience and knowledge of the areas to make changes and adjustments to ensure the best cycling experience. We are riding in the Australian summer and weather can have a major impact on ride options. We aim to accommodate the needs and abilities of all riders in each group and will recommend changes accordingly.
The Santos Tour Down Under is rated 2 star, with a combination of flat and rolling/hill rides on most days. 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.
Airfares, travel insurance and meals unless indicated.
We do not have rental bikes available for the Santos Tour Down Under.
The 2020 Santos Tour Down Under package is limited to a maximum of 16 people.
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...