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. 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)
  7. Consider having your bike serviced pre Tour – fresh brake pads, cables, chain etc. No one wants to be riding near a creaking bike all week.

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.

THE ROUTES

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Pre Tour Ride, 16th January

The morning before the Tour begins. A chance to spin the legs over, either on a short flat ride, that is popular with all the Pro Teams as you cruise along the beach front and enjoy some coffee shop time in Grange. Look out for all the pros rolling along and decide on your favourite team kit. For those looking to immediately getting into the bulk kilometres, there is a longer option which starts with a bit of climb up to Mount Lofty to overlook Adelaide before an easy roll along the beach.

Roll out: 9:00am

Short Option: https://www.strava.com/routes/7152627

Coffee Stop: Recommend somewhere in Grange along the waterfront.

Roll Out: 9:00am

Distance: 69.4km

Long: https://www.strava.com/routes/7151942

Distance: 104.3km

Coffee Stop: Regroup at the Mt Lofty look out and then also a coffee in Grange.

Stage 1, 17th January

The short ride options has the riders heading out via the scenic Gorge Road stopping at Kersbrook for a coffee stop before heading up to the KOM. Before rolling home with a fairly comfortable trip home. The long option starts via the scenic Gorge Road making our way to the KOM (65km), riders will then head over to Williamstown to watch a sprint and the finish, before taking a bit of the long way home.

Short Option

Departure time: 9:00am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7152644

Distance: 83.4km

Coffee Stop: Kersbrook prior to heading up to the KOM

Vantage Point: Watch the riders come past at the KOM at Kersbrook Road and Humbug Scrub (50km of your ride 11:45am) before a relatively down hill run to home.

Long Option

Departure time: 8:30am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7147321

Distance: 152km Make sure you have two water bottles,stops will be limited until we get to the KOM.

Lunch: Lyndoch before the roll home.

Highlight: The day starts with the scenic Gorge Road roll out. Some tough climbing in the morning, which will see the riders knock over 2,000 metres of climbing on the day. Riders will see the KOM (11:45), Sprint points (12:40,1:20pm) and finish (2:27pm) on the long option.

Stage 2, 18th January

This stage is close to Adelaide and so may suit riders tired from the previous days efforts. Riders will watch the race start and multiple laps in Stirling before the riders head off to finish up Paracombe Road. The short course riders will first tackle the climb up to the Mount Lofty look out, hence the early start and time to enjoy the look out. Take a photo from the look out before rolling into Stirling to watch the start and the early laps. The long course will start with a climb up Norton Summit before heading over to Stirling. After a few laps we will then dash to the finish line.

Short Option

Departure time: 8:30am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7152654

Distance: 40.7km

Coffee Stop: Regroup Mount Lofty Lookout (16km) Coffee/Lunch in Stirling (22km)

Vantage Point: Race start and multiple loops through Stirling (race start at 10:45). Very easy ride home via a bike path once you have left Stirling.

Long Option

Departure time: 8:30am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7180835

Distance: 96.4km

Coffee Stop: A steady morning of riding should have us into Stirling to watch the start of the race (38km) Multiple laps in Stirling before heading off at the start of the final lap to head to the finish line (depart circa 12:45pm) (69km) on Paracombe Rd before the finish.

Highlight:Race start (10:45am), sprints (11:20 and 12:25) and finish (2:30) today!

Stage 3, 19th January

The monster stage! Make sure you bring your legs because there is plenty of climbing and a long day in the saddle for the long haul riders.

Short Option

Treat this as a recovery day and simply roll down and take in the start of the race in Glenelg. Race starts at 11am.

Once the ride has headed off, you could consider going for a ride along the foreshore heading north to Port Adelaide similar to the Pre Tour ride day.

Ride Option: https://www.strava.com/routes/7152627

Long Option

Departure time: 8:30am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7181115

Distance: 197km

Coffee Stop: McLaren Vale 55km. Before rolling to the KOM (75km 12:20pm). Then heading out to Victor Harbour for the finish (108km). We take the flattest way home but that still involves some climbing.

Highlight: A long day in the with with close to 200km and 2,100 metres of climbing. If you choose this option, then please ensure that you are physically up for it. The race won’t finish until 3pm, so the ride home will be a steady pace to get home before it gets too late. You could always join us to ride out to the KOM before heading home from there.

Stage 4, 20 January

A somewhat relatively easier day to allow for some recovery post the previous long day in the saddle.

Short Option

Departure time: 10:00am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7152664

Distance: 54.8km

Coffee Stop: This route takes in a lot of the days route. Houghton 22km (12pm) for coffee before the scenic ride along Gorge road to the finish – 3:30pm (lunch).

Long Option

Departure time: 9:00am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7151674

Distance: 99.8km

Coffee Stop: First stop will be the Lobethal Bakery 44km before we make our way up to the KOM (12:20pm) from the hard side. Then we will just cruise down to the finish line after the race has come through, a nice easy day after the previous days efforts.

Highlight: KOM up Checkers Hill (60km) and the finish (3:30pm).

Stage 5, 21 January

The final day of organised rides and this takes in Willunga and there is plenty of atmosphere on that climb. Even those with 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: 8:30am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7152679

Distance: 111.2km

Coffee Stop: Aldinga Beach or McLaren Vale (43km or 48km)

Vantage Point: Watch the start (11:10am) and the riders come through multiple times before climbing Old Willunga hill for the KOM and finish (2:25pm and 3pm).

Long Option

Departure time: 8:30am

Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7151848

Distance: 127.4km

Coffee Stop: Towards ride goes straight up and the highest point of the day is reached after just 13km, after that we get a nice run all the way to McLaren Vale. The riders will have a choice of trying to make it to the start or just aim to catch the first sprint. If the flag is raised, then a coffee stop in Hahndorf before rolling down to Aldinga Beach (90km) Watch the sprint point before making your way up the Old Willunga Hill for the first KOM and finish. If you are broken at the end of the day, you can take the flatter way home as per the short option or come ride a few final hills.

Vantage Point: Watch the start and the riders come through multiple times before climbing Old Willunga hill for the KOM and finish (2:25pm and 3pm).

Stage 6, 22 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 – Short https://www.strava.com/routes/7152627

Long https://www.strava.com/routes/7151942

Stage 1 Short https://www.strava.com/routes/7152644

Long – https://www.strava.com/routes/7147321

Stage 2 Short  https://www.strava.com/routes/7152654

Long: https://www.strava.com/routes/7180835

Stage 3 Short – REST DAY https://www.strava.com/routes/7152627

Long: https://www.strava.com/routes/7181115

Stage 4 Short: https://www.strava.com/routes/7152664

Long: https://www.strava.com/routes/7151674

Stage 5 Short: https://www.strava.com/routes/7152679

Long: https://www.strava.com/routes/7151848