The race routes for the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under have been announced today, marking the countdown to next year’s event.
The routes include a return to some old favourites and the inclusion of Norton Summit road, an iconic South Australian climb. The stages for the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under are:
Down Under Classic (Adelaide) – 51 km – Sunday, January 17
Stage 1 – Prospect to Lyndoch – 130.8 km – Tuesday, January 19
Stage 2 – Unley to Stirling – 132 km – Wednesday, January 20
Stage 3 – Glenelg to Campbelltown – 139 km – Thursday, January 21
Bupa Stage 4 – Norwood to Victor Harbor – 138 km – Friday, January 22
Bike Exchange Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill – 151.5 km – Saturday, January 23
Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 – Adelaide – 90 km – Sunday, January 24
Mike Turtur said the race will travel 781.3 km across the six stages, including 72.7 km of new roads.
“It is important we look at ways to keep the race fresh for both the riders and the fans,” he said.
“The race will include three laps through Lyndoch, five complete laps through Stirling and three through Willunga, giving fans the chance to set up roadside for the day to soak up the atmosphere and see a lot of the action from one location.”
Stage 1 will set the scene for a big six days of racing as Prospect is back for the start, finishing in the Barossa town of Lyndoch for the first time. Corkscrew Hill Road as part of Stage 3 is back and who could forget Cadel’s victory on the stage into Campbelltown in 2014.
Along with the announcement of the race routes came the news that Santos will celebrate its seventh year as naming rights sponsor in 2016. Manager Community and Corporate Responsibility John Phalen said Santos was thrilled to be a part of the event.
“Each year the Santos Festival of cycling brings together communities across South Australia to celebrate sport and all that the state has to offer,” Mr Phalen said.
“Communities come alive as they welcome the event into their neighbourhoods with hundreds of spectators lining the streets and festivities planned at every stage.
“The inaugural Santos Women’s Tour this year was an exciting addition to the event and we look forward to seeing it return in 2016.”
The 2016 Santos Tour Down Under will kick off on Saturday 16 January with the Team Presentation and free concert in Victoria Square and conclude on Sunday 24 January with family day and the final day of racing in the city.
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