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:
- Be on time, the rides roll out at their advised time.
- Be self sufficient, carry a spare tube, have enough water, have some cash.
- The long ride, is a faster paced group ride. If you feel like the pace is a little hot, perhaps follow the route but set off a little earlier.
- We are here for fun, if you have a bad attitude then feel free to join another ride. Similarly if you want to spend the day pointing out how you would have organised it, go organise that ride.
- 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 (this may not always apply on the long option). 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!
- 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.
- As the week goes on, riders get tired, keep this in mind if you are arriving only for the final few days, not everyone may share your sudden enthusiasm.
Ride Meeting Point: All short and medium 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 but riders are free to turn off beforehand.
All Long rides will commence from Coffylosophy – 198a Hutt Street, Adelaide.
What should I bring:
- 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)
- 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)
- Sunscreen (there is plenty of sitting around waiting for the riders to come through, so don’t bake yourself)
- Money (for lunch, drinks etc – some country towns there is limited free water)
- Sense of adventure (some rides will be tough, some days you will be tired, however keep positive and enjoy the ride)
- Knowledge of the daily route (if you get lost, or do your own thing, it helps to know where you are)
- 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?
Short and Medium rides are suitable for most levels of fitness.
The long ride option is a faster paced group ride, with an assumed good level of fitness and has less regrouping points.
Which one you choose is 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.
Pre Tour Ride, 15th 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 some rolling action along Upper Sturt 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
Coffee Stop: Regroup at the Mt Lofty look out for a water bottle refill, some fast paced action across Upper Sturt before we turn it off and tap along the waterfront and then also a coffee in Grange.
Stage 1, 16th January
The short ride options has the riders starting the day with a bit of a climb up to One Tree Hill. This can be a fairly exposed route and so make sure you have your sunscreen and water. The KOM has next to no shade and so it can be a hot wait before making your way to Kersbrook for lunch. 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.
Departure time: 9:15am
Coffee Stop: Kersbrook after the KOM has gone through.
Vantage Point: Watch the riders come past at the KOM at Kersbrook Road and Humbug Scrub (50km of your ride 12pm) before a relatively down hill run to home along the fabulous Gorge Road.
Departure time: 9:00am
Coffee Stop: Williamstown or Lyndoch
Vantage Point: Watch the riders come past at the KOM at Kersbrook Road and Humbug Scrub (50km of your ride 12pm) before continuing on to Williamstown and Lyndoch for the sprint and finish (2:40pm) before a trip home via Gorge Road. Riders could consider staying at Williamstown to slightly reduce the riding distance.
Departure time: 9am
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 (12pm), Sprint points (12:40,1:20pm) and finish (2:40pm) on the long option.
Stage 2, 17th January
This stage is close to Adelaide and so may suit riders tired from the previous days efforts.
Departure time: 9:30am
Coffee Stop: Regroup after Norton Summit Climb at the Post Office (18km) Brunch in Hahndorf (44km)
Vantage Point: Watch the riders come through Hahndorf from the comfort of a cafe (12:40pm) before making your way to Stirling for a few laps (1:30, 2pm) and the finish (3:10pm). Very easy ride home via a bike path once you have left Stirling.
Departure time: 8:00am
Coffee Stop: A fairly steady and rolling morning, with the riders keeping a good pace to ensure that they get to Hahndorf with time to spare to grab a strudel prior to the riders coming through at 12:40pm (100km) then it is an easy roll up to Stirling. The trip home will not be direct to keep clear of the masses.
Highlight:Riders come past at Hahndof (12:40pm),Stirling for a few laps (1:30, 2pm) and the finish (3:10pm)
Stage 3, 18th 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. If you choose the long option, please ensure that you are physically up to and your return time will be circa 6:30pm. The medium and long option both take in the KOM and so riders have the option of a change of heart at this point in the ride, with the medium distance riders heading for home post KOM.
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/11532157
Medium Option: Pace Moderate
Departure time: 9:00am
Distance: 101.2 km
Coffee Stop: Recommendation would be in McLaren Vale (60km) after the riders have come through for the KOM (12pm)
Highlight: The Bel Air climb right at the start is a real tester. There is no shoulder, so ride single file and be careful. About halfway up, we actually take you via some back streets, to keep you off the main road climb. It then rolls for some time, so regroup at the top of climbs – there is plenty of time to get to the KOM. The road can be a little busy for the first 20km. KOM is at around the 50km mark.
Departure time: 8:30am
Coffee Stop: McLaren Vale 50km. Before rolling to the KOM (70km 12pm) via Willunga Hill! So a chance to tackle the legend before the crowds. Riders can then join the medium option riders, for the quick trip home. Otherwise we then heading out to Victor Harbour for the finish (112km). We take the flattest way home but that still involves some climbing.
Highlight: A long day in the with with close to 200km and 2,500 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 (100km) 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, 19 January
A later start to the day which should allow riders some good recovery and a chance to get ready for the Willunga stage the following day.
Departure time: 10:00am
Coffee Stop: Heading out via the scenic Gorge Road to Gumeracha (40KM) to watch the riders come past 12:30pm. Then it is a little bit more climbing and plenty of small towns to stop in and have a break if you wish before getting to the finish line at Urailda (72km) at 3pm. Then a fast descent back into Adelaide. Please be cautious on the descent, it will be very busy with riders.
Departure time: 9:30am
Coffee Stop: First stop will be the Birdswood at 50km for the first sprint (12:40pm) via Checkers Hill. Then we will just cruise down to the finish line via the Gorge Road before giving it a crack up the Corkscrew. Then onto the finish at Urailda (90km) at 3pm. Then a fast descent back into Adelaide. Please be cautious on the descent, it will be very busy with riders.
Highlight: Checkers Hill Climb and the infamous Corkscrew Climb.
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.
Departure time: 8:30am
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).
Departure time: 8:30am
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. There will be a coffee stop in Hahndorf where we will charge the legs before we get it rolling all the way to the top of the Willunga climb from the back. Then descend off Willunga on the same course as the pros before rolling down to Aldinga Beach (90km) watch them come through (11:30,12:30 and 1:30) 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 Option: https://www.strava.com/routes/7152627
Stage 1 Short : https://www.strava.com/routes/7152644
Stage 2 Short : https://www.strava.com/routes/11532150
Stage 3 Short : https://www.strava.com/routes/11532157
Stage 4 Short: https://www.strava.com/routes/11541342
Stage 5 Short: https://www.strava.com/routes/7152679