10 places to gorge yourself after the Bupa Challenge Tour
If you and your bunch are planning to register for the 2015 BUPA Challenge as part of the Santos Tour Down Under, then you're going to want to know about carbos!
The good folk at TDU have pulled together this list that might very well want you planning the journey sooner rather than later. Bon appetit!
There are two things you can bank on after riding the 151km Bupa Challenge Tour: insatiable hunger and minor saddle soreness. One is a lot of fun to rectify, the other, a little bit of a pain in the proverbial. But let’s focus on the enjoyable part.
After a solid 5-7 hours in the saddle, you’re probably looking at a deficit of around 4000+ calories. Even with the sports gels, Powerade and complementary Balfours muffins you’ve been knocking back en route; you’re still a bag full of Big Mac’s short of any nutritionist’s recommended daily energy intake.
That’s also not taking into consideration the after burn effect. Yes that’s right, you’re still burning up calories even after you’ve finished riding. How good is that?!
So in planning for the 2015 Bupa Challenge Tour, the serious thought on all cyclists’ minds should be considering how you are going to capitalise on the one day of the year where it is physically impossible to put on weight. It’s a glutton’s dream.
Luckily, things just got a little easier; given that the 2015 event finishes in the foodie’s mecca that is the Adelaide Hills. And don’t even get us started on the amazing wine and beer they make up there. Within minutes of finishing the ride, you could literally be sitting down to your second course of a nine-course degustation lunch… matching wines optional. Or, as is the more likely scenario, inhaling a third slice of a smoky wood-fire oven pizza with a side order of Porter ale at one of the Hills’ gazillion microbreweries.
To help get the ball rolling, here are a few thought starters for some of the best spots to gorge yourself silly after completing the 2015 Bupa Challenge Tour.
While its name may sound more like a Broadway musical than a brewery, these guys certainly know a thing or two about malty hops – again, that’s a reference to beer not Maltese dancers. With an amazing menu of wood-fire oven pizzas and burgers to match their beers, you’ll be satisfying your taste buds faster than you can say “narrowing the calorie deficit”.
Swap the Lycra for lederhosen – it’s time to tuck into a bit of Bavarian hospitality. The Hahndorf Inn is the benchmark for all big eaters. Did someone say Bratwurst and beer steins? Wunderbar!
Sticking with the German theme, The Haus, which not surprisingly is German for “The House”, in Hahndorf is a cracking new restaurant in the heart of the Hills. With a menu that is bigger than Sir Chris Hoy’s quads, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit everyone. We can definitely recommend their barbecued pork ribs or the 120 Day Aged T-Bone.
The Stirling Hotel is a Sunday lunch institution for Adelaideians, who eagerly make the weekly pilgrimage up the freeway for one of the best pub meals you’ll find anywhere. The Stirling does all of the typical pub classics but with a gourmet, artisan twist. With enough space to fit a small army, there’s always plenty of room. But be warned, their beautiful wooden floorboards are a little bit fancy, so it would be polite to take your cleats off before entering. Just saying…
As you can probably tell, beer is a pretty big deal in the Adelaide Hills and it doesn’t get much bigger than the Bierhaus in Lobethal. They stock their award-winning beer at a host of pubs around town, but it always tastes better when you try it at the source, doesn’t it? No matter what you order from their amazingly diverse lunch menu, make sure you order it with a side of chunky chips – they’re incredible!
If you’re imagining Miss Perez as a cute little bombshell, with a gorgeous glow and a welcoming smile – you’re spot on. Tucked away under the beautiful oak tree canopies of Stirling, Miss Perez is a kitchen and bar where the amazing local produce shines on the menu. There are big dishes for one, or you can order a whole range of smaller dishes to share. How does a table full of sticky lamb ribs; king prawns with saffron aioli; and chargrilled sweet potato, leeks and romesco sound?
Pike & Joyce
Did we mention that the Adelaide Hills does wine? You can excuse us for not mentioning it earlier, we tend to assume everyone already knows. Pike & Joyce winery in Lenswood does some of the best whites, pinots and rosés going around, but they also serve up some amazing grazing platters of cheese, pâtés, cured meats and picked vegetables. If that sounds more like an entrée after a day’s riding, they’ve also got an incredible light lunch menu too.
The Lane Vineyard
While we’re talking about wine, The Lane Vineyard just outside of Hahndorf is incredibly deserving of all the wine awards and accolades it seems to keep getting. While it’s their nationally applauded Block 14 2012 Shiraz that tends to get a lot of attention, the view from their recently refurbished cellar door will leave even the lesser wine connoisseurs amongst us bleating superlatives. With a menu set to “capture the elements of casual bliss”, their single vineyard wines are also guaranteed to instil a sense of bliss in their own right!
The White House
It doesn’t get much cooler than The White House in Hahndorf. These guys are seriously cool – like James Dean cool. Not only do they do incredible food and wine, most of which is exclusively sourced from the Adelaide Hills, but they also do live music nights as well as Vinyl Night every Friday – BYO vinyl record which they’ll spin while you eat. During summer they host outdoor movie nights as well.
As is customary, we’ve saved the biggest stomach filler to last. To say that Jimmies in Crafers knows how to do pizza is possibly the rudest understatement we could give them. This century old stone building churns out some of the best pizza going around. Cyclists with a hankering for a serious blend of mouth-watering carbs and cheese have certainly come to the right spot. There’s also a salad menu available, if you like to believe in the whole yin and yang thing.
The 2015 Bupa Challenge Tour will be held on Friday 23 January. Starting in Glenelg and finishing in Mount Barker, cyclists have the option to choose to ride the full distance of 151.7km from Glenelg or a shorter challenge that is right for them with three other starts: Willunga (118.7km), Mt Compass (77.5km) or Macclesfield (27km).