For the first time the regional towns of Hahndorf, Nuriootpa and Nairne will host stage starts for the first three regional stages of the 2019 Santos Women’s Tour Down Under.
Starting on Thursday January 10, the riders will race through some of South Australia’s most picturesque locations in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa regions, before the grand finale along the streets of Adelaide’s East End.
The course will cover 376 kilometres over four stages, and this year’s women’s race will have equal prize money up for grabs to the men’s race.
Women’s TDU race director Kimberley Conte said the 2019 course has been designed to appeal to both sprinters and all rounders with a mix of challenges across the four stages to suit both style of riders.
“Stage 1 will see the riders travel from Hahndorf to Birdwood and we expect a fast, bunch sprint, whilst the course for Stage 2 from Nuriootpa to Mengler Hill will see the climbers reign supreme on this Subaru Queen of the Mountain,” she said.
“The beautiful and technically challenging Stage 3 course finishing in Stirling, incorporates part of the famous circuit used frequently on the Men’s race. Riders who know the area well may be able to put their local knowledge to the test and emerge as the victor on this stage.
“We expect a fast and furious sprint finish for Stage 4 around the Adelaide East End Circuit, immediately before the Down Under Classic, with huge crowds anticipated to cheer on some of the best female athletes in the world on their final day of racing.”
The riders and teams for the 2019 Women’s TDU will be announced over the coming months.
The 2019 Santos Tour Down Under will be held 10 – 20 January 2019 starting with Stage 1 of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under on Thursday 10 January.
For the full route details, visit tourdownunder.com.au.