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.
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. Our accommodation is at the 5 star Intercontinental Adelaide, being a real highlight of our package. Their phenomenal breakfast options are the most incredible start to a day.
We believe a cycling holiday is just that – a combination of great bike rides with a relaxed holiday atmosphere. Our itinerary is structured to give you the best riding and race viewing, with a mind on what is ahead for the full week, including the 162.2km ‘Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser’ event. Those wanting a bit more riding, we can take you out for some bonus miles to squeeze the value out of the roads of Adelaide. It’s also fine if you want a bit less – no ride is compulsory and there is a lot to see and do from the doorstep of our hotel if you want time off the bike. You are welcome to make the most of our support minibus for partial rides where possible.
Day One. Sunday 19th 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. There will be time for a short ride this afternoon to check your bike is all running smoothly.
In the late afternoon we get our first taste of speed, with the final stage of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under and the men’s Schwalbe Classic. These street races, in the heart of Adelaide, are 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 20th 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. 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 the riders who we spend the rest of the year watching on our TV screens at 3am in the morning!!
Today we’ve just got an agenda of fantastic riding and we’ve got all day to enjoy it. We will combine a 50km loop of the Adelaide Hills with a 30km loop to the seaside cafes of Henley Beach. This is the chance to get a feel for the lay of the land and Adelaide’s terrain that we’ll be exploring for the week.
Day Three. Tuesday 21st January. Today is an opportunity to test the legs with a long endurance ride well ahead of the Challenge Tour event later in the week. We’ll head out to check the first 50km of the Challenge Tour route and then continue on to watch the action of ZIPTRAK Stage One in the start/finish town of Tanunda. There will be a couple of different ride distance options to choose from today, from 75km to 145km.
Day Four. Wednesday 22nd January. A big day yesterday means a shorter day is on the cards today. NOVATECH Stage Two finishes in one of our favourite towns, Stirling, so we will combine a loop in the Adelaide Hills with some stage finish action. The ride back into Adelaide after the stage finish is a fantastic opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the racers as they join the crowds riding back to town.
Day Five. Thursday 23rd January. A light morning ride and a relaxing afternoon is the order of the day, as we’ve got a big day tomorrow. We’ve got a few ride options to pick and choose from today and will adapt our ride based on the leg sensations and the weather conditions – we don’t want you cooked for tomorrow. Isn’t the Adelaide area famous for it’s wineries? Now there’s an idea for this afternoon for those wanting time off the bike.
Day Six. Friday 24th January. This is ‘Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser’ Day – your chance to ride a full stage of the Santos Tour Down Under just hours before the pro riders charge on through the same 162.2km parcours. An early start is on the cards today (6am on the start line) and what a day it’s going to be. The start is just a short ride from the hotel – handy!! 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!! We will have the minibuses there to take you back to the hotel – we won’t make you ride the 80km back to Adelaide.
This is a feature day of the Santos Tour Down Under festivities and a fantastic event to build up to with our ride itinerary. 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 Seven. Saturday 25th January. How does a late start to the day sound, with the legs likely a bit weary after yesterday’s efforts? A casual breakfast followed by the fantastic atmosphere of a Stage Five start at 10:40am are the perfect start to the day. We’ve got a few more favourite roads in the Adelaide Hills to show off today. When someone mentions ‘Corkscrew’ around here, it doesn’t necessarily mean the wine bottle is being popped.
For those who have added the option of the Legends Night Dinner, it’s time to get your glad-rags on to mix and mingle with the stars of our sport. Even better – it is held at the Adelaide Convention Centre right next to our hotel. This is a fantastic night out and highly recommended.
Day Eight. Sunday 26th January. The most famous stage of Santos Tour Down Under – BE SAFE BE SEEN Stage Six to Willunga Hill. This is compulsory roadside viewing and there is an amazing cycle path that takes us from Adelaide to McLaren Vale to get into the final stage atmosphere. The route out and back is a sea of fans, all buzzing from the week of cycling heaven. We’ll pick a spot on the hill and enjoy the closest thing to a European mountain climb atmosphere you’ll get in the southern hemisphere. Our final ride for our 2020 Santos Tour Down Under comes in at 110km.
Day Nine. Monday 27st 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.
*These are Santos Tour Down Under official products/events and are subject to availability and booking via the official Santos Tour Down Under website.
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.
Single room available – $990 supplement applies.
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 14 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...
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...