Cycling stars of the future aged 6-12 will be able to ride laps of the Stage 1 finish line circuit before the pros arrive.
On Thursday January 18, Fleurieu families and holidaymakers will also have the opportunity to ride together under the official UCI WorldTour finish arch at Victor Harbor, as part of the Bupa Family Ride.
Participants will take on the Stage 3 finish straight, riding laps along the esplanade.
It’s anticipated the two new rides, which complement those already on offer in the city, will encourage even more visitors and locals to participate in the event.
In 2017, almost 840,000 fans lined the streets, including more than 42,700 from interstate and overseas. These record numbers injected $56.5 million (up from $49.6 million in 2016) into the state’s visitor economy and created the equivalent of 683 full time jobs.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the Tour Down Under is an incredibly popular event, and was excited to build on that momentum.
“We’re always looking at ways to innovate and get even more visitors and locals involved. Next year marks the 20th edition of the race and we hope to celebrate with record crowds.
“The 40,000 plus visitors who travel to SA specifically for the event are the best ambassadors we could have, so I’m really pleased we can offer additional opportunities for cycling enthusiasts to get involved, and bring their families and friends along for the ride.
Registrations are now open for the Bupa Family Ride and Bupa mini tour for kids regional rides at www.tourdownunder.com.au
The 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will be held 13 – 21 January 2018, celebrating 20 great years.