Men’s Tour Down Under kicks off today, as Aussie takes the women’s title

Aussie Grace Brown has brought home the women’s Tour Down Under title, as the men’s peloton kicks off today with Stage 1 in the Barossa Valley.

Photo Credit: Santos Tour Down Under

Whilst the women’s stage of the Santos Tour Down Under has now officially wrapped up, the men’s stage is only just beginning.

After a wet start to their prologue last night, the men’s stage 1 will see cyclists in Tanunda today; which is both the start and finish of Ziptrak stage one race. At nearly 150 kilometres of racing it’s the second-longest stage in the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under and a chance for sprinters to shine.

There’s plenty of locations where you can get close to the action, as the peloton will ride through Nuriootpa, Angaston, Bethany and Greenock. Fans are invited to settle in for the spectacle and enjoy a day in world-famous Barossa Valley.

A vibrant street party will be held in Tanunda, featuring a main stage at the Tanunda Rotunda and family-friendly activations at Tanunda Town Square. Live music, street performers, kids’ activities and community-led performances will create a carnival atmosphere, set against the backdrop of exhilarating cycling action.Authentic Barossa food and beverages will be available throughout the day, plus the chance to experience the Barossa culture and community.

The men’s peloton will progress to stage two tomorrow, cycling from Brighton to Victor Harbor.

Yesterday, Aussie Grace Brown claimed the Women’s Tour Down Under in a thrilling upset at Campbelltown yesterday. The race was the culmination of three stages that saw the cyclists ride all over Adelaide, with Brown chasing down Amanda Spratt to bring home the victory.

Today, and for the rest of the week, the City of Adelaide Tour Village in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga will be open, offering something for all kinds of cycling fans, from foodies to lovers of live music, families looking for school holiday fun to city workers in search for knock-offs.

With free entry, it will offer some of Adelaide’s leading food vendors, including Comida, Fine & Fettle, and Fiesta Tajine, as well as pop-up bars with daily drink specials, family zone with activities like LEGO Build a Bike and face-painting, and live music featuring Marlon x Rulla, DJ Ruby Chew, Tilly Tjala Thomas, Rob Edwards, and Stace Cadet.

As thousands of cyclists descend on SA roads, the RAA has issued a warning for road users, urging cyclists and motorists to respectfully share the roads in an effort to reduce road trauma.

For more information, please visit the Tour Down Under website here.

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