Get your lycra and helmets ready… the Santos Tour Down Under is coming! Don’t worry if cycling is not your thing, we have made the ultimate guide to make sure there is something in here for everyone. We’re talking street parties, concerts, champagne hours, family-fun riding events and of course, the perfect viewing spots. Get on your bikes and get ready for one of Adelaide’s biggest events for 2018!
Saturday 13 January
Team Presentation and Free Concert. 6.30pm.
This is the perfect way to kick off the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under Festival of Cycling. For the first time ever, the riders of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under and Santos Tour Down Under are all presented to the crowd. Following this, the stage will be taken over by a special SUPERSTAR guest at the evening concert. A stylish way to begin the celebrations!
Sunday 14 January
Bupa Family Ride. 2pm-4pm.
This is the ultimate opportunity for your family to ride together on the same track as the world’s cycling superstars. So round up your family and start practicing, as you join hundred’s of families riding around People’s Choice Classic Circuit. You’ll have an hour to ride as many laps as you can. For more information, head here.
Champagne Hour, Exclusive To Hilton Adelaide. 4pm-6pm daily.
If riding is not really your thing, we’re sure this is something you could get on board with! Starting on Sunday and continuing on for the rest of the festival, enjoy the taste of luxury daily with Champagne Hour, exclusively available in the Hilton Adelaide Lobby Bar from 4pm DAILY. How fancy!
Monday 15 January
Wheels on the Green. 5.30pm.
Enjoy the beautiful summer evenings with the kids on the Lyndoch Village Green. Packed with kid’s activities, entertainment and a range of gourmet food and wine options (now we’re talking), make sure to check this event out and get ready to celebrate Stage 1 when it rolls through the Southern Barossa the next day!
Tourrific Prospect. 6pm-11pm.
Prospect Road is once again the place to be for live music, food lovers, artists, cultural celebrations and cycling enthusiasts. Really, anyone! With many entertaining and family-friendly events, this is the perfect celebration showcasing the very best of the City of Prospect’s vibrant life. For more information, visit the City of Prospect’s website.
Tuesday 16 January
Forrest To The Vines. 11am – 5pm.
Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under features three laps of the Southern Barossa, known as ‘the cool end of the Valley.’ You’ll find great vantage points in Williamstown, Sandy Creek, and Cockatoo Valley. The Southern Barossa Gourmet Village in Lyndoch boasts a family-friendly atmosphere with a carnival spirit and gourmet food and wine. Sounds perfect!
Unley Gourmet Gala. 5pm-10pm.
Calling all Adelaide foodies, wine lovers, fashionistas and cycling enthusiasts, this one is for you! Head to King William Road for the annual Unley Gourmet Gala as it celebrates its eighteenth year of being one of the most exciting outdoor gourmet experiences showcasing some of South Australia’s finest food, wine, fashion, music, and entertainment. It sounds like a great day, with local The Unley selling food and drinks including Stone & Wood pacific ale on tap, Longview wines, Hills cider, The Unley Cheeseburger, Vietnamese Chicken Salad and chippies! The Stage 2 Start of the Santos Tour Down Under will be held on King William Road near the Bloomsbury Street intersection on the next day at 11am. More information can be found here.
Wednesday 17 January
Ladies Day on Tour. 8am-4.15pm.
Be among the cycling action with your closest friends at Ladies Day on Tour at Stage 2. Meet local fashion designers and enjoy exclusive shopping opportunities while enjoying morning refreshments, gourmet lunch and South Australian bubbles, wine and beer. Plus, an afternoon cocktail! While the Unley to Stirling event is sold out, there is another Ladies Day on Tour at Stage 5, so make sure not to miss out on that one and book now.
Stirling Spin. 10am-3.30pm.
This will be a day in the Adelaide Hills filled with live music, street performers, local produce, busy street trade and the famous Stirling market… oh, and you can watch the race live on the big screen! Make sure you head to Mt Barker Road and get a taste of the village vibes as you witness another sensational stage finish.
Food by FRED Eatery. 1.20pm-3.10pm.
Aldgate Village is the perfect viewing location for Stage 2 of the Tour Down Under from Unley to Stirling, and FRED Eatery will be catering to onlookers as cyclists pass FRED 4 times from 1.30pm to 3.10pm. FRED will be offering takeaway options (burgers and salads) for those preferring to be roadside, or guests can avoid the crowds and enjoy lunch at FRED, walking out front to see the action as required.
Glenelg Tour Street Party. 5pm-11pm.
Is there a better way to unwind and refresh after a day of racing than by the beach at the Glenelg Street Party? Join your friends and family for an summer evening of food, fashion and live entertainment at the seaside. Sounds brill.
Stamford Grand Bar Village. From 5pm.
Grand Bar will be set up in their village during the TDU Street Party in Moseley Square. Filled with divine drinks, as well as La Boca and their ‘Asador on the Road’ selling Argentinean cuisine, this village looks sure to be the place to head during this beachy street party, so make sure to check it out!
Jens Voigt & Stuart O’Grady’s “Shut Up Legs 4th Edition” at the Arkaba Hotel. 7pm-11pm.
This is a night at the Arkaba Hotel with Jens Voigt, a world renowned super tough cyclist, who’s motto “Shut Up Legs” has become a global hit. Jens and Stuart O’Grady were team mates for 14 years, and share the World Record for Tour De France starts, racing 17 each. You can hear them talk about their times together living in Europe and the ups & downs of those journeys. Invictus Games cycling coach Mark Reid & a couple of the athletes that are going to Sydney in 2018 will also be having a chat. A fun, informal night that will give you a real insight into the cycling world. Tickets are available here.
Thursday 18 January
Cycling Tips Presents Cinema Velo – Movie: All For One. 7pm for 8.30pm start.
Bring a blanket or low chair to the City of Adelaide Tour Village and enjoy some great food and local beverages as you watch an outdoor screening of ‘All For One;’ a film about unlikely champions and achieving personal goals.
Norwood on Tour Street Party. 5pm-10pm.
Yet another free family-friendly street party! Foodies, families and cycling enthusiasts will flock to The Parade to enjoy live music, children’s entertainment including circus workshops, giant games and face painting, and sumptuous street eats at the Norwood on Tour Street Party. Local fave, The Colonist, will have a stand and be offering up Stone & Wood pacific ale on tap, Longview wines, Hills cider, pulled lamb buns, pumpkin and haloumi salad and everyone’s favourite – chippies! More information can be found here.
Friday 19 January
Willunga Farmers Market – Twilight Cycle Market. 5pm-8.30pm.
With more then 50 stalls selling fresh produce and local products from the region, this special twilight edition of the popular Willunga Farmers Market will offer shoppers a diverse range of fresh products. Make sure to take a look!
Hit107 Old School House Party. 8pm-10pm.
Hit107 is on its way to the Santos Tour Down Under with an Old School House Party at the Adelaide City Council Tour Village in Victoria Square. It looks set to be an awesome night with local radio stars Amos, Cat and Angus. Oh, and there will be dinner provided with an awesome bunch of food truck delicious-ness as well as drinks from the Hilton Hotel Adelaide.
Saturday 20 January
Ladies Day on Tour: Stage 5. 7.30am-4.30pm.
Yet another ladies lunch at Stage 5 of the Tour Down Under, with all the food, bubbles, laughs and cocktails you can imagine. Tickets are still available here.
Cinema Among the Vines and Twilight Market. 4pm-8pm.
Head along to the Cinema among the Vines and Twilight Market held at the Visitor Information Centre in McLaren Vale after Stage 5 of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under! Lots of live music, light meals & bar facilities will be available, so why not stay around after the race and enjoy the hospitality.
Legends’ Dinner Night. 7:30 PM-Midnight.
Enjoy a three-course meal and fine wines as you hear stories direct from current and past cyclists. In 2018, the Legends’ Night Dinner will celebrate the legends of the TDU, the climbers, the sprinters, and the winners. It is a night not to be missed. Tickets can be purchased here.
Sunday 21 January
Family Day: Be Safe Be Seen Mac Stage 6. 8am-4pm.
Enjoy Stage 6 of the race with your family as you can enjoy a range of cycling-themed interactive activities. Enjoy free entertainment including your chance to take a photo with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) Queen’s Baton, face painting, giant board games, mini golf, and the Subaru inflatable obstacle course. Something for everyone! Make sure you get in early to secure your position.
Queen’s Baton Relay. 11.30am.
Cheer on South Australia’s own Commonwealth Games gold medallist Stuart O’Grady as he takes the 2018 Commonwealth Games baton around the circuit in the Adelaide city.
Tour De Fork. 11.30am-4pm.
All your favourite food vans will be in Elder Park as the final leg of the face in completed. So make sure you come down and check out all of the action.
Lots to do and lots to see! For further details head to their official website. Happy Tour Down Under, everybody!
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