People’s Choice Classic
When – Sunday 18th January
Distance – 51km
Route – Adelaide city (Rundle Rd, Bartels Rd, Dequetteville Terrace)
The People’s Choice Classic is not an actual stage in the Santos Tour Down Under, but more a precursor. That said it is an absolutely terrific way for the public to get a taste of the action without having to go too far; 1.7km from the Adelaide City Council Tour Village, in fact. With 30 laps of this 1.7km course, spectators just need to find themselves a bit of shade near the action and then settle in for repeat viewing. It’s a pretty civilised way to kick off the Tour for those watching from the sidelines!
Set up as a criterium, this day promises to set a rocking pace and will really showcase riders’ bike handling skills as they fly around the bends. Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur talks us through everything we need to know.