All eyes will be on the towns of Prospect and Clare today as they host the first stage of the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under. Thousands are expected to flock to vantage points along the 149km race route to watch some of the biggest names in cycling compete in the first stage of the first event on the UCI WorldTour calendar.
Read on for all the detail on today’s racing action and the festival of cycling activity.
Jan 17, 2012
Today’s race follows Sunday night’s Down Under Classic, that was held at Rymill Park in the city and saw 112,000 people line the route to watch two-time Santos Tour Down Under winner, Andre Greipel, take the win.
General Manager, Events South Australia, Hitaf Rasheed said Stage One from Prospect to Clare would be a fantastic start to what would no doubt be an exciting week of racing for locals, visitors and viewers across the world.
“Prospect will host a stage start for the first time and have organised a fantastic set of events to celebrate the occasion," said Ms Rasheed. "Locals and visitors alike are expected to cheer the riders as they set out from Prospect and through spectacular scenery on the way to a heroes welcome in Clare.
"Highlights will be broadcast to a global TV audience of millions,” Ms Rasheed says. “This is a fantastic opportunity to promote South Australia and our events calendar to potential international visitors, boosting future visitation from overseas tourists to our State".
“I would like to thank today’s host councils, the City of Prospect and Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council, for making this a true celebration of cycling," said Ms Rasheed. “I encourage everyone to get down to Prospect this morning to enjoy the fun before the cyclists set off for Clare which is hosting a three day Breakaway Festival.”
TODAY’S RACING ACTION
2012 Santos Tour Down Under Stage 1
Route: Prospect to Clare
Finish: 2.54pm approx
Highlights: Jayco Sprint #1: Main Street, Kapunda (1.03pm*)
Powerade Hydration Station: Clare Road, Kapunda (1.05pm*)
Škoda King of the Mountain: Kapunda to Tarlee Road, Taylors Run (1.16pm*)
Jayco Sprint #2: Main Street, Riverton (1.48pm*)
*all are approximate times and may change depending on the speed of the race.
TODAY’S FESTIVAL OF CYCLING ACTIVITY
Prospect Community Activities (8.30am)
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at one of the Prospect Road cafes before securing a prime position to see the riders kick start the 2012 Santos Tour Down Tour. Soak up the entertainment and community events happening on the track before the official Tour parade arrives at 9.30am.
Breakaway Festival – Festival Finalé (12:30pm – evening)
Celebrate the end of Stage One as the Clare Town Oval comes to life for the afternoon with kids’ activities, games and competitions, stalls, gourmet food and a wine centre. Stick around for the free live music into the night with great local talent and a popular Adelaide band.
CELEBRATIONS ALONG THE RACE ROUTE
Wheelie Fun Fair, Riverton (11am-2pm)
Elevenses: Homemade @ Horrocks, Penwortham (11am-2pm)
Aussie Fare, Tarlee (12pm-2:30pm)
Golden Fields and Memories, Saddleworth (12pm onwards)
Paint the Town Red!, Watervale (12pm 2pm)
Party in the Park, Auburn (1pm -3pm)
Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo (4pm-7.30pm)
Located in Victoria Square, admission is free for the public: Watch the team mechanics at work on the riders’ bikes, check out the sponsor displays and watch the cyclists as they are interviewed live for the television news. All official Santos Tour Down Under merchandise can be bought at the village, and you may even be lucky enough to grab an autograph from your favourite cycling star.
For the first time in 2012, you can visit the new Bike Expo, and learn all the latest information about bicycles and accessories.
Cycling Australia National Junior Track Series (5pm onwards)
After an opening day of action head to the Super Dome, Gepps Cross, to witness racing at an intense pace featuring some of the country’s future stars of cycling. Supported by the Santos Tour Down Under and GreenEDGE Cycling Team this competition assists junior riders to make the transition to elite racing and ensure the long-term future of track Australian cycling.
For more information on all the above events, visit www.tourdownunder.com.au.