The Tour Down Under has been wowing Adelaide (and further afield) since 1999 but it’s really in the last few years that this event has hit its straps and grown in epic proportions. To this day it remains the only UCI World Tour race in the Southern Hemisphere, and South Australians really like to make the most of this incredible week+ long event.
The moment you step anywhere near the Adelaide City Tour Village, you get a sense of the buzz in town. Cyclists you normally see on world news are literally walking right alongside you, getting stopped in the street. It seems like every country’s in town – foreign languages fill the summer air. Lycra is completely acceptable attire – anything dressier would pretty much look out of place. The bike bling is off the Richter scale – if it’s not the pros then it’s the seriously specked-up locals with bike and kit worthy of a photo shoot.
Teams are launching this and brands are launching that, incredible competitions are running on-tap. Even the native furry friends get up close and personal with visiting riders. And the antics abound; whether it’s a Guinness Book of Records Attempt for the longest bike, or an Undies
Run for bowel cancer; there’s always something to check out. And that’s all before the racing begins!
Welcome to the Santos Tour Down Under – there’s nothing quite like it (in the Southern hemisphere, at least!).