Heading along to the TDU to watch the racing and thinking of getting a bit of riding in? Not sure of where to ride or would like some company on your rides? Well we have each stage sorted for you. Daily rides offering the most scenic routes, the best climbs and ensuring you take in the action on each of the stages. We have also included routes for each of the Women’s TDU stages. Rides can choose on a daily basis the long or short option depending on how their legs are feeling. Get ready to feel the rush…

These rides are open to all riders so bring a friend or tag along, just bring a sense of fun and enjoyment. These are group rides, so that means a few simple items should be remembered by all:

  1. Be on time, the rides roll out at their advised time.
  2. Be self sufficient, carry a spare tube, have enough water, have some cash.
  3. We are here for fun, if you have a bad attitude then feel free to join another ride.
  4. This is a group ride. That means two by two formation, hold the wheel and keep the pace steady – no pace lining, no surging, no attacking the bunch. Sure there will be a few KOMs and sprints out on the road, but otherwise stick to the group, keep it tight and regroup after any sprints or climbs. All the riding will be done with plenty of time to see the race, so enjoy yourself!
  5. Know the route. All rides are listed below and can be downloaded onto your Garmin if you have one, otherwise just write down a cue sheet.

Ride Meeting Point: All rides are start at the same point, the corner of Victoria Square and Wakefield Street (north eastern corner). This is on the opposite side of the road to the Expo, heading out of the city. All rides will roll out from this point, it is relatively easy to find because it is right in the centre of town and also right where the Tour Down Under Expo is held.

All rides end back at this point.

What should I bring:

  1. Working bike (seems logical but nothing worse than someone who rolls up needing parts at the departure time. If you need something check the Expo over the road)
  2. Two water bottles (you could probably get away with one, if you don’t drink a lot, but out on these roads and heat you get through a fair bit)
  3. Sunscreen (there is plenty of sitting around waiting for the riders to come through, so don’t bake yourself)
  4. Money (for lunch, drinks etc – some country towns there is limited free water)
  5. Sense of adventure (some rides will be tough, some days you will be tired, however keep positive and enjoy the ride)
  6. Knowledge of the daily route (if you get lost, or do your own thing, it helps to know where you are)

What ride should I do?

Completely up to you, if you want to do the long course but think it may test your limits you can always start early or just hang in as long as possible ( if you decide to drop off, make sure you let someone know, so that they aren’t waiting on a climb you aren’t coming up). All rides should give you sufficient times to get to each point as long as you keep moving. Also remember your limits and pick your course depending on how you want to spend your day.

What will each ride do?

Each day the course is different depending on where the Tour is heading that day. Our routes have been designed to take in some of the best roads, climbs and locations that Adelaide has to offer. Each day the rides will take in at least one passing of the riders, usually a finish or a KOM. Some days you will see the riders multiple times, it all depends on where the race is going. The rides will generally head out early in the morning for the bulk kilometres of the ride, before stopping to watch the race. Then we head on for a few more kilometres, generally with a downhill run to home.

Most rides will have a mid ride coffee stop, lunch will be at either the vantage point or a nearby town. This information can be found in each stages description.

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THE ROUTES

Women’s TDU Stage 1 16th January

An out and back course to start the day. allow yourself about 2 hours 15 for a comfortable ride out to the start. Before watching the race start, come by 4 times and finish.

Allow yourself 2 hours 15 minutes to get there comfortably, more if you want a stop at Lobethal Bakery for a snack.

Departure time: 8:30am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3906447

Distance: 90.90km

Women’s TDU Stage 2 17th January

This is only a short roll in the evening. Once you have watched this criterium, you can hang around and watch the men’s Peoples Choice Classic

Departure time: 5:15pm

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3906466

Distance: 3.2km

Prelude 18th January

This is the day before Stage 1 and the day after the People’s Choice criterium. This is a flat and easy ride that is suitable for all riders. It is out and back so you can always turn early and catch the group on the way back. This route is popular with all of the pro teams who will be out for a mid morning spin. So a good chance to spot the pro teams, perhaps even jump on the back of their training ride or catch up with them in the coffee shop.

The pace of this ride is steady. There is no sprints or koms on todays ride. Simply spinning the legs and having a chat. Keep it together and keep the group tight, people may even think you are a pro team. The other option is to watch the Womens Stage 3, with more details below.

Departure time: 9am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3849698

Distance: 69.9km

Coffee Stop: Henley Beach (group consensus on the cafe)

Highlight: See who can spot the pro teams first.

Alternatively you can head out and watch the Womens TDU  Stage 3, which will give you a idea of the Stage 1 ride.

Womens TDU Stage 3

Departure Time: 8am

Route:https://www.strava.com/routes/3906491

Distance: 127.1km

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Stage 1, 19th January

For those choosing the longer options, you will be riding out to Williamstown to watch two sprint points and the finish of the stage. All options will head home via Gorge Road, this route is a cracker and a great chance to pick up some speed. The shortest route, will just seen the rides pass, however they will complete part of the same course as the riders before heading home via Gorge road. This is one of the few days that the riders considering the short option, should consider going long because you will have plenty of time to recharge the batteries and have lunch at Lyndoch before the generally downhill run home. Just plan your ride time accordingly. The long option has two options on the way home, riders can finish by going up the Corkscrew or just head into town. Corkscrew is a shorter by kilometres ride but has more climbing – your call. It is simply a left hand turn if you are keen. In the evening there is the final stage of the TDU, a great way to spend your evening watching the crit. Details are below for that as well.

Short Option

Departure time: 9:45am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3888956

Distance: 63.5km

Coffee Stop: Inglewood / Lunch

Vantage Point: Watch the riders come past in Inglewood (11:40am) before coming home via Gorge Road.

Long Option

Departure time: 9am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3883155 or https://www.strava.com/routes/3849331

Distance: 121km or 124km depending on options taken. Make sure you have two water bottles, limited water options on the way out.

Coffee Stop: Regroup 29km (One Tree Hill Climb) lunch/refresh at Lyndoch, regroup top of Corkscrew for riders taking that option.

Highlight: Some tough climbing in the morning. Riders will come past 4 times in Lyndoch (first arrival will be 12:30) and this will be the finish. Option of Corkscrew on the way home.

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The evening of the 19th we recommend a gentle roll to watch the final stage of the Womens TDU. Hosted right in town, it is a great chance to watch a fast crit while you have a bit of dinner or get some dinner on the stroll home.

Women’s TDU Stage 4

Departure: 6:10pm

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3906498

Distance: 3.6km

Stage 2, 20th January

This stage is close to Adelaide and so may suit riders tired from the previous days efforts. Plenty of riding watching today as the riders complete multiple laps in Stirling. Start the day up the famed Norton Summit Climb. The way home on the long option, is one of my favourite roads in Adelaide.

Short Option

Departure time: 9:45am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3849465

Distance: 52.9km

Coffee Stop: Regroup Ashton (18.4km) Coffee/Lunch in Stirling (34km)

Vantage Point: Multiple loops through Stirling (riders first past through at 11:50). Ride home with the masses and some pros from Stirling.

Long Option

Departure time: 8am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3849471

Distance: 101.6km Make sure you have two water bottles, plenty of climbing to start the day

Coffee Stop: Regroup Ashton (18.4km) Blockers Road Summit (26.2km) Coffee stop – Lobethal Bakery (38km – end of town on the right) Lunch in Stirling (riders arrive 11:50am)

Highlight:Do your best time up Norton Summit. On the way home don’t miss the right hand turn at the Bel Air golf course to stay on Upper Sturt Road.

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Stage 3, 21st January

While the riders won’t take in the finish, they will be settling in to cheers the riders up the Corkscrew climb. For the short option, riders will enjoy seeing the start before making their way to the finish line. All riders will take the same route home at the same time. Descend safely with the masses and the best option is to regroup at the bottom once everyone has gone straight through the roundabout.

Short Option

Departure time: 9:45am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3849577

Distance: 64.5km

Coffee Stop: Glenelg at the start line (riders leave 11am) Possible stop somewhere back in Adelaide if required. Before riding up to the KOM at Corkscrew (46km). Riders are expected through  at 2:30pm.

Vantage Point: Get to see the grand depart and then a very easy roll with plenty of time out to Corkscrew (so plenty of time to climb up and get set up) Downhill home.

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Long Option

Departure time: 9am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3849638

Distance: 111.0km

Coffee Stop: Regroup Kersbrook Hill Climb (43km) Checker Hill (51km) Coffee stop at Cuddlee Creek 64km (Cuddlee Creek General Store). Regroup Lobethal road crest (80km). Watch the race at the KOM at Corkscrew (riders can descend down and give it a go if they want to in the crowds)

Highlight: Plenty of open road and plenty of time to get the ride down, so smash the climbs, regroup at the top and just keep it social the rest of the time as there are still two big days coming up!

Stage 4, 22 January

The riders won’t be heading down to Victor Harbor because the there and back can be too much for many riders after a week of riding. If you want a route, it can be provided but it will be a 200km plus day. The day starts with the climb to the Mount Lofty lookout. After that it is all downhill from there.

Short Option

Departure time: 9:00am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3854097

Distance: 76.7km

Coffee Stop: Regroup at Mt Lofty lookout. Brunch in Hahndorf, I recommend the bakery in the middle of town, you will see it with the strudels on display on the street. Before riding to Mylor for the sprint point. Riders are expected through  at 12:20pm.

Vantage Point: Take in the views at the Mt Lofty lookout, before heading along to a sprint point.

Long Option

Departure time: 8:30am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3854146

Distance: 155.4km

Coffee Stop: Regroup Mt Lofty lookout (43km) Coffee stop/brunch at Hahndorf 64km. Lunch at Strathalbyn at the sprint point (riders come through at 1:20pm) fuel up because it is a little hilly coming home. Regroup Meadows (108km) then home!

Highlight: Greenhill is a nice climb and one of the longer climbs in Adelaide. Refill and enjoy the view at the lookout before inhaling a pastry in Hahndorf.

Willunga

Stage 5, 23 January

The final day of organised rides and this takes in Willunga and there is plenty of atmosphere on that climb. There is a single route option today because even with those tired legs, it is worth making the trek out and seeing the riders come past on multiple occasions. the way home, even if you are tired there are plenty of groups to jump a ride home with.

Short Option

Departure time: 8:00am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3854046

Distance: 127.4km

Coffee Stop: Regroup at Crafers West summit before turning right onto Upper Sturt Road (the highest point of the day). Option of a quick refill at Cherry Gardens(28km). Then on to watch the start at McLaren Vale, riders start at 11:10am have brunch here. Then a steady trip into Willunga (the riders do a loop 3 times through McLaren Vale and lower Willunga) so just roll when you are ready have lunch here. Then make your way up the Willunga climb towards the top of the climb to watch the riders come through (they pass through twice). Before the journey home. Regroup 93km on Kangarilla Road at the little town, there is a convienance store and petrol station. That will give you enough water to get home.

Vantage Point: Watch the start and the riders come through multiple times before climbing Old Willunga hill for the KOM and finish.

Long Option

Departure time: 8:30am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/3854046

Distance: 127.4km

Coffee Stop: Regroup at Crafers West summit before turning right onto Upper Sturt Road (the highest point of the day). Watch the start at McLaren Vale, riders start at 11:10am have brunch here. Then a steady trip into Willunga (the riders do a loop 3 times through McLaren Vale and lower Willunga each lap taking about an hour) so just roll when you are ready have lunch here. Then make your way up the Willunga climb towards the top of the climb to watch the riders come through (they pass through twice 2:25pm and 3:00pm). Before the journey home. Regroup 93km on Kangarilla Road at the little town, there is a convienance store and petrol station. That will give you enough water to get home.

Vantage Point: Watch the start and the riders come through multiple times before climbing Old Willunga hill for the KOM and finish.

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Stage 6, 24 January

This stage takes place in the Adelaide CBD. This is a free day and riders can retrace any of their favourite rides or just enjoy a well earned break off the bike.

For more info on each of the stages check out the official stage guides that offer maps and the times expected for each leg of the stage. www.tourdownunder.com.au

We recommend that you download the stages into your Garmin if you have one.

All the stages are listed here:

Prelude – https://www.strava.com/routes/3849698

Stage 1 Short https://www.strava.com/routes/3888956

Long – https://www.strava.com/routes/3883155 or https://www.strava.com/routes/3849331

Stage 2 Short https://www.strava.com/routes/3849465

Long https://www.strava.com/routes/3849471

Stage 3 Short https://www.strava.com/routes/3849577

Long https://www.strava.com/routes/3849638

Stage 4 Short https://www.strava.com/routes/3854097

Long: https://www.strava.com/routes/3854146

Stage 5 https://www.strava.com/routes/3854046