The Santos Tour Down Under is the greatest week of the year- it’s scientifically proven. Well, maybe not quite yet, but it’s pretty close. People in South Australia either love it or hate it, but I think we can all agree, our state does a great job at putting on the show. Street parties, community rides and a village in Victoria Square, it’s a cultural event that is like none other in Australia.
In 2016, the TDU once again flows through the streets of Adelaide and its surroundings, bringing with it an electric atmosphere that is like none other. The thrills and spills, the highs and lows of the race both captivate spectators and cycling fanatics alike, with some of the biggest names in world sport beginning their season in the driest state in the world, some even kicking off their Olympic campaigns in our humble state. But, there is so much more to the event than the race! And best of all, everything is relatively close to everything.
- It’s free.
The Tour Down Under is a free event, with most of its other events also consisting of no cost. Cycling remains one of the only free sports in the world where fans can see their idols in action with no cost to watch. There’s nothing more disappointing than wanting to attend a sporting event only to see the tickets you can afford are overpriced and that they under deliver. With cycling, you don’t have this problem!
- Street parties!
Seriously, who doesn’t LOVE a street party! Food, fashion, wine and cycling are the perfect combination for a good night out. Both Glenelg and Unley will play host to street parties during this years festival of cycling, on the 19th and 20th of January. This is the perfect event for those who are not too excited about the cycling element but like to socialise and still be involved in one of South Australia’s premiere events of the year, alongside the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Cup.
South Australia is one of the most picturesque places on earth, boasting hills to the East and beaches to the West. In between, you’ll find wineries, gardens and eateries that with accommodate to all tastes. The race passes through both the Barossa and Mclaren Vale wine regions which are sure to dazzle taste buds and Instagram enthusiasts with the glorious surroundings and grammable locations. #TDU16
For the rider and the enthusiast of cycling, Adelaide is the perfect city for riding your bike. The roads are vary from being flat, uphill, downhill and play host to some iconic climbs in cycling. Willunga Hill being the star attraction every year, Corkscrew climb and the notorious Norton Summit also feature highly on every cyclists ride. Get that Strava ready and go test these famed climbs.
And, well, importantly, the race itself is proven to impress cycling followers as a well-fought season opener. In 2015, Rohan Dennis’ emphatic win on home turf was something special that was followed later in the year with a win at the Tour de France and even briefly holding the Cycling Hour Record. The All-Australian podium featuring Dennis, Richie Porte and cycling legend Cadel Evans was a moment that Australian cycling fans will remember forever. In 2016, who will dominate the race is yet to be witnessed and the early season test of the legs is yet to be had. With Dennis currently holding the Australian national ITT title, and his South Australian compatriot Jack Bobridge the current National Road Race champion, we are certainly in for an exciting race in 2016. (Between you and me, my money’s on Rohan!)