With all of last week’s announcements surrounding the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under, a new cycling enthusiast and family festival has also been unveiled.
For the first time, the City of Onkaparinga will present the Festival of Movement on Friday 20 January including outdoor markets, cycling activities, a cinema night and more, in celebration of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under.
Stage 5 of the race will start and finish in the City of Onkaparinga the next day, on Saturday 21 January. Stage 5 will see riders start in McLaren Vale and wind their way through Willunga, Aldinga Beach, Snapper Point, heading toward the famous finish on top of Willunga Hill
“The Festival of Movement is for anyone who loves cycling and wants to experience everything our beautiful region has to offer,” said Onkaparinga Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg.
“The Festival of Movement will activate the entire region, and encourage visitors to explore more and stay longer,” the Mayor said.
Mike Turtur, Race Director, Santos Tour Down Under said Bike Exchange Stage 5 is one of the most anticipated days of the race, and 2017 will be the nineteenth time the City of Onkaparinga has hosted a stage.
“Bike Exchange Stage 5 from McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill is always a deciding factor for the race with massive crowds lining the race route. Riders will be pushed to the limit with their performance on this stage having the potential to write their own TDU history.”
Last year, Stage 5 attracted 122,000 visitors and provided a $10 million return to the region.
“To be the centre of the cycling universe during Stage 5, show the world what we have to offer, and generate millions in economic benefit for our region is an opportunity too good to pass up,” Mayor Rosenberg said.
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, will be also held on the sand at Port Willunga beach, the weekend before on Saturday 14 January as part of the City of Onkaparinga festivities.