South Australia is on the cusp of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under, and you can tell. The cyclists are out in force, honing their riding skills ahead of the famous festival, the giant inflatable bike has been erected in Victoria Square, and a fabulous swirl of European accents has descended upon our fair city.
There are dozens of amazing events happening over the coming weeks as part of the TDU, including Norwood on Tour, which sees thousands of cycling fans (and those who just love a good event) converge on The Parade, Norwood on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 January 2017.
Incorporating the official 2017 Santos Tour Down Under Bupa Challenge Tour and Bupa Stage 4 Start, Norwood on Tour will also feature an exciting street party the night before the race, offering food and wine, alfresco dining, live music and children’s entertainment.
City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor, Robert Bria, said it was fitting that Norwood would once again play a key role in Australia’s premier cycling event.
“Home to our State’s first velodrome, as well as the oldest cycling club in the Southern Hemisphere, Norwood has a well-deserved reputation as the ‘home of cycling’ in South Australia,” Mayor Bria said.
“The Council is delighted to have been selected to host to the Bupa Challenge Tour and the Bupa Stage 4 Start of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under, as well as a unique street party in celebration of this fantastic international sporting event,” he said.
‘Norwood on Tour’ Street Party
Thursday 19 January, 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Bring your friends and family and be a part of the electrifying atmosphere of the ‘Norwood on Tour’ Street Party! This free family event will feature live music, delicious food and wine, performances and entertainment for all ages, including circus acts and workshops, henna tattoos, face painting and giant games.
Main stage entertainment
- The Winter Gypsy
- Gumbo Ya Ya
- Mr Buzzy Band
Bupa Challenge Tour
Friday 20 January, 6.30am & 9.15am
The Bupa Challenge Tour is the Santos Tour Down Under’s annual mass-participation ride. Cycling enthusiasts will put their skills to the test from Norwood to Campbelltown on the Bupa Challenge Tour just hours before the professionals tackle Bupa Stage 4.
Bupa Stage 4 Start
Friday 20 January, 11.30am
See international cycling heroes kick off Bupa Stage 4 from The Parade at 11.30am, taking on 149.5 kilometres including Checker Hill for the Subaru King of the Mountain before looping around Birdwood, Springton and Mt Torrens before finishing in Campbelltown.
Thursday 19 January 2017 – 9.00am to 2.00am (following day)
- The Parade (northern and southern carriageways): from George Street to Edward Street (not including intersections)
Friday 20 January 2017 – 2.00am to 1.30pm
- The Parade (northern and southern carriageways): from Osmond Terrace to Portrush Road
- George Street: from The Parade to Webbe Street
- Edward Street: from The Parade to the entrance of Coles/Café Bravo car parks.
During the above road closures, West bound traffic and bus services will be diverted along Portrush Road, Magill Road and Osmond Terrace, back down The Parade, with the reverse for East bound traffic.
For more information, please visit www.npsp.sa.gov.au or contact the Council’s Events Unit on 8366 4527.