Santos Tour Down Under | 14 – 22 Jan 2017

Tour Down Under

Santos Tour Down Under 2017

The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s premier international cycling race. It will be staged in and around Adelaide this year during our summer holidays from 14 to 22 January 2017.

With an event calendar full of race stages plus plenty of concerts, street parties and family fun make sure you get along to support the cyclists and soak up the atmosphere of the Tour Down Under.

See below for some of the family friendly highlights or click here to see the full event calendar

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Race Stages

Sun 15 Jan | Peoples’ Choice Classic
Start: 7:15pm Wakefield Rd, Adelaide
Finish: 8:15pm, Wakefield Rd, Adelaide
Distance: 50.6km
The People’s Choice Classic heralds the start of the Santos Tour Down Under and the Festival of Cycling. Held on the streets of Adelaide, the closed-circuit road race is a preview to the Santos Tour Down Under and sets the stage for the week ahead. Once again, the event will see the riders test their skills in the East End of Adelaide along Bartels Road, Dequetteville Terrace and Wakefield Road. *Start time subject to change due to live television broadcast.

Tues 17 Jan | Hostworks Stage 1
Start: 10:30am, Unley
Finish: 2:27pm  Lyndoch
Distance: 145km
Unley will host the start of Hostworks Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under. The metropolitan start is sure to set the tone for the day, as the riders head through the heart of the city of Adelaide and out to the Barossa, taking in scenic views of pastures and vineyards on their way to the finish arch in Lyndoch.

Subaru King of the Mountain: Kersbrook Rd, Humbug Scrub
iiNet Sprint locations: Williamstown Road, Cockatoo Valley (at general store) x 2 sprints
Powerade Hydration Station: Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch (near Barossa Court)

Wed 18 Jan | Staging Connections Stage 2
Start: 10:45, Stirling
Finish: 2:29pm, Paracombe
Distance: 148.5km

The Adelaide Hills town of Stirling is the setting for the start of Staging Connections Stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under. The peloton will sweep through Stirling five times before setting off through the Adelaide Hills. A sharp descent on Norton Summit and the KOM climb up Torrens Hill Road are sure to split the group and provide a thrilling finish into Paracombe.

Subaru King of the Mountain: Torrens Hill Rd, Paracombe
iiNet Sprints: Longwood Road, Heathfield, at school gate x 2 sprints
Powerade Hydration Station: Mt Barker Road, Stirling, (near oval)

Thurs 19 Jan | Stage 3 Hahnsgrohe
Start: 11am, Glenelg
Finish: 2:51pm ETA, Victor Harbor 
Distance: 144km

The beachside suburb of Glenelg is in the spotlight for this varied stage which will see the peloton travel through the Fleurieu Peninsula and the McLaren Vale wine region. The riders will take on Sellicks Hill for the Subaru King of the Mountain points before the finishing circuit around Victor Harbor.

Subaru King of the Mountain: Main South Road, Sellicks Hill
iiNet Sprint #1: Main South Road, Myponga (near general store)
iiNet Sprint #2: Inman Valley Road, Inman Valley (near Memorial Hall)
Powerade Hydration Station: The Esplanade, Victor Harbor (near Albert Place)

Fri 20 Jan | Bupa Stage 4
Start: 11:30am, Norwood
Finish: 3:30pm, Campbelltown
Distance: 149.50km

Cycling enthusiasts will put their skills to the test from Norwood to Campbelltown on the Bupa Challenge Tour just hours before the professionals tackle the stage. Riders will take on Checker Hill for the Subaru King of the Mountain before looping around Birdwood, Springton and Mt Torrens before finishing in Campbelltown. Recreational cyclists and fans of all ages will cheer on the cyclists along Maryvale Road at the stage finish.

Subaru King of the Mountain: Checker Hill Road, Kersbrook
iiNet Sprint #1: Shannon Street, Birdwood (near August Street)
iiNet Sprint #2: Main Street, Mt Pleasant (near Barossa Council Office)
Powerade Hydration Station: Mt Pleasant to Keyneton Road, Springton (near Herbig Tree)

Sat 21 Jan | BikeExchange Stage 5
Start: 11:10am, main Road, McLaren Vale – near Tatachilla Road
Finish: 3:02pm ETC Willunga Hill

BikeExchange Stage 5 is a favourite for the spectators and heralded as the Queen Stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.  The day starts in McLaren Vale, famous for its winemaking. The town is always in party mode during the race, with the peloton headed for the iconic Willunga Hill. Fans flock to the side of the road to cheer on their heroes in what is often the deciding stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Subaru King of the Mountain: Brookman Road, Willunga Hill x 2
iiNet Sprint: The Esplanade, Snapper Point x 2
Powerade Hydration Station: Main Road, Willunga (at Kell Street)

Sun 22 Jan | Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6
Start: 1:30pm, King William Street, Adelaide
Finish: 3:30pm ETA, King William Street, Adelaide
Distance: 90km

The final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under in 2017 will see the peloton race through the streets of Adelaide on this fast-paced 4.5km circuit. Touching the tip of the Tour Village and starting and finishing by Elder Park next to the banks of the River Torrens, there are plenty of great vantage points to catch the riders fly past. Make sure you are there roadside as the first winner for the 2017 UCI WorldTour season is crowned.

Subaru King of the Mountain: Montefiore Hill (near Pennington Terrace) x 2
iiNet Sprint: King William Road, (at finish arch) x 2
Powerade Hydration Station: King William Road (at finish arch)
*Start time subject to change due to live television broadcast.


Tour Down Under Family Friendly Events

There is so much for families to do and see during the Santos Tour Down Under. Here are a few highlights and suggestions to make sure you don’t miss out on the action!

Saturday 14 January 2017 | Team Presentations and Free Concert – Victoria Square

6:30pm –  8:30pm
Get the best seat in the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and meet the stars of the peloton as they are presented for the first time to the public in 2017. Once you have been introduced to the teams, stay on for the free concert to kick off the festival’s celebrations in style.

CLICK HERE for more info


Sunday 15 January 2017 | BUPA Family Ride – East End Adelaide

2:30pm – 3:30pm
The Bupa family ride is your family’s opportunity to ride together on a UCI WorldTour track, just like the world’s cycling superstars.

CLICK HERE for more info


Sunday 15 January 2017 | Family Day – People’s Classic in Rymill Park

2:30pm – 8:00pm
Family Day will be on the first and final Sundays of the Santos Tour Down Under, during the People’s Choice Classic and Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6.

CLICK HERE for more info


Monday 16 January 2017 | Unley Gourmet Gala

4pm – 10pm

One of Adelaide’s most prestigious events and held the night before Hostworks Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under, the Unley Gourmet Gala is an exciting outdoor gourmet experience showcasing some of South Australia’s finest food, wine, fashion, music and entertainment. Highlights of the 2017 Unley Gourmet Gala include fashion stage parades promoting the best of King William Road’s boutiques, gourmet food and wine stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music, DJs, roving performers and lots more. This free family-friendly event will feature cooking demonstrations by ‘The Internet Chef’ Bridget Davis and fun children’s activities in the Boffa Street Kids’ Zone, including bike-themed face painting, a silent disco and craft activities.

CLICK HERE for more info


City of Prospect - Tourrific Prospect 2016

City of Prospect – Tourrific Prospect 2016

Tuesday 17 January 2017 | Tourrific Prospect Street Party

6pm – 11pm

One of Adelaide’s most enduring, entertaining and family-friendly events, Tourrific Prospect is a celebration showcasing the best of the City of Prospect’s vibrant life. In a one-of-a-kind, free fiesta of music, dance, food and entertainment, the main road is set to be jam-packed with celebrations of the community’s creative and cultural diversity. Featuring local businesses, shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as the ever-popular Loopy Kids Ride and Kid Zone, the Smart City Expo, and more.

CLICK HERE for more info


Wednesday 18 January 2017 | Glenelg  Tour Street Party

5pm – 11pm
Catch the tram to the bay with friends and family for an evening of beachside fun, food, fashion and live entertainment.

CLICK HERE for more info 



Thursday 19 January 2017 | Norwood on Tour Street Party – cancelled

5pm – 10pm
Take your friends and family and be a part of the electrifying atmosphere the Parade has to offer at the Norwood on Tour Street Party.

CLICK HERE for more info


Friday 20 January 2017 | Gear Up @ Campbelltown Norwood on Tour Street Party

9:30am – 4:00pm

A day with free rides, water play, roving entertainment, a variety of food and market stalls right on the finish line. Join in to welcome for the first time to Campbelltown, the Bupa Challenge Tour riders while getting ready to cheer on the professional peloton. A great day of family activities at the Santos Tour Down Under Bupa Stage 4 finish.

CLICK HERE for more info


Sunday 22 January 2017 | Family Day in Rymill Park

8am – 4pm
This FREE event has previously hosted activities including Bubble Man, face painters, bike art, gaming trucks, stunt bike riders, pump tracks, airbrush tattoos, jumping castles and more!

CLICK HERE for more info



Sunday 22 January 2017 | BUPA Mini Tour for Kids

9:30am – 11:30am
Participants aged from six – 12 can ride along the start/finish straight of the Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 street circuit just a few hours before the world’s elite cyclists race the final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Click here for more information about the Kids Mini Tour.


For more information and all enquiries please visit the Tour Down Under Website

What:    Santos Tour Down Under 2017

When:   Saturday 14 January – Sunday 22 January | 2017

Where: See above for venues

Who:     Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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