Get your lycra and helmets ready… the Santos Tour Down Under is coming! Don’t worry if cycling is not your thing, we have made the ultimate guide to make sure there is something in here for everyone. We’re talking street parties, concerts, cooking demos, family-fun riding events and of course, the perfect viewing spots. Get on your bikes and get ready for one of Adelaide’s biggest events for 2019!
Friday January 11
Celebrate the arrival of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under in Angaston with a morning of free health and fitness activities in the park. There’ll be free fitness activities by local trainers, and then refuel with free cold pressed coffee or kombucha from The Real Pantry, before watching the best female cyclists in the world cycle past.
Saturday January 12
Enjoy a free breakfast of local fare and home-grown entertainment before cheering on the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under peloton in the picturesque Adelaide Hills town of Nairne.
Adelaide’s Lord Mayor will officially open the City of Adelaide Tour Village, the TDU hub, at Victoria Square/Tarntanyannga. There’ll be plenty happening there throughout the whole event. To find out more about the City of Adelaide Tour Village and what’s on, click here.
Each day of the tour, Simon Bryant is doing a cooking demonstration in the City of Adelaide Tour Village, preparing a dish using local produce from each region as part of the different stages from Santos Tour Down Under. Sessions are also on January 14, 15, 16 and 17.
Head to Victoria Square from 6pm to watch as the cyclists for this year’s TDU are presented to the crowds for the first time – it’s the ultimate for cycling fans. Then from 8.30pm, there’s a free concert headlined by indie pop duo Client Liaison.
Sunday January 13
Enjoy the racing action of the Down Under Classic with your family at Family Day. There will be a variety of cycling-themed interactive activities and delicious food for the whole family. At 10am, the little ones can race in the Mini Tour For Kids, or from midday, ride all together in the Family Ride.
Fill your belly with food from 10 of the best Fork food trucks, which will be set up as part of the Santos Tour Down Under Classic family day. There will be food from Chimichurri Grill, What’s the Scoop, Staazi & Co – The Greek Vegan Project, Beyond India North Adelaide, Coffee & Crepes, The Taste Of Spain, Old School Bus, Humpty Dumplings, loca pops and Sugarcoated. Entry is free.
Monday January 14
Food, music and lycra will be taking over The Parade, Norwood, in lead up to the Santos Tour Down Under Novatech Stage 2 start. Local wine makers, restaurants and bars will all join the party on the street, plus there will be live music and entertainment for the whole family.
Head beach-side for a three-course dinner and three hour beverage package at the Moseley Beach Club. Hosted by Channel 7’s Nicki Barnet, you can hear from professional cyclists ahead of the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under. Tickets are $99 per person.
In an Australian first, StreetVelodrome UK will be a feature at the TDU. The unique pop-up banked velodrome track will take up residence in the Village. Cycling and local celebrities will test the track – keep your eyes peeled for a member of the Glam Adelaide team taking to the track!
Tuesday January 15
Cheer on the riders as the Santos Tour Down Under Ziptrak® Stage 1 kicks off from North Adelaide. Head to the iconic Eighty Eight O’Connell site for breakkie, coffee, fun, live entertainment and plenty of activities for the kids before the race starts at 11am.
On Tuesday, the race will complete three laps of the Paracombe area, including two sprints right past the Inglewood Inn. Snap up one of the best seats in the area and enjoy Inglewood Inn’s Bottomless Brunch from 11am. Tickets are $60+bf which includes VIP seating, bottomless brunch buffet and a two hour drinks package with drinks from Pirate Life Brewery and Harvest Wines. Grab your tickets here.
Port River and the Port’s historic buildings will form the backdrop for Port Adelaide’s street party to celebrate the end of Stage 1. There will be live acts pumping out the dance tracks, local pubs and pop-ups pulling the coldies, restaurants and food vans dishing up hotties and a whole swag of bespoke entertainment and activities.
Wednesday January 16
Follow the wine and food trail and gather local produce for a picnic on the Village Green before soaking up all the excitement of the Novatech Stage 2 finish in the town centre.
Adelaide’s best baristas will battle it out in a fast-paced, knockout Latte Art Tournament, with the winner taking home $1,000. Competition starts from 6pm.
Thursday January 17
Food, fashion, cycling, music and entertainment are all on the menu for the 2019 Unley Gourmet Gala – the 19th edition of the event. The free, family-friendly event will feature more than 30 gourmet food and wine stalls, cooking demonstrations with local chefs, children’s entertainment, a world music stage, fashion parades, DJs, roving performers and more. Plus King William Road restaurants and retailers will be open for longer and spilling out onto the street.
Friday January 18
Join the Women on Tour Brunch Club on and hear from the female Trek-Segafredo team as they discuss equality in cycling. Tickets are $45 which includes a three-course brunch with sparkling on arrival, juice and a coffee. Tickets from here.
Join the Campbelltown community for a family day filled with free activities and roving entertainment to keep your whole squad happy. Food, beer, wine and coffee will be available for purchase.
Meet some of McLaren Vale’s best small batch wine makers for wine, food, music and good times.
Soak up the atmosphere of local markets, live entertainment and local food, produce, wine and beer in the historical township of Aldinga. The picturesque coastal town is a great place to take the family after a race-filled day, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy all that the community has to offer.
Jetty Road will be closing to welcome thousands of locals and visitors for a street party on the eve of the Stage 5. You can expect for an evening of family-friendly fun, filled with gourmet food, incredible shopping, exciting fashion parades, a kids village, an outdoor cinema, roaming entertainment and live music that will keep you dancing all night.
Enjoy a smorgasbord of local music right in the City of Adelaide Tour Village, from the electro sounds of emerging act In Debt, to groove masters and SA Music Award nominees Neon Tetra with well-loved indie pop sisters Germein closing out the night. Entry is free.
Saturday January 19
Grab some local food and wines from the twilight market, then enjoy a movie under the stars with a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off among the vines. Gold coin entry.
What does it take to become a cycling legend? The Legends’ Night Dinner is your chance to find out as you get up close and personal with some of the world’s cycling greats, past and present. Rub shoulders with the pros whilst enjoying bubbles and canapes, then settle in for a three-course dining experience accompanied by fine wines. Throughout the evening you’ll be inspired as you listen to the legends themselves, sharing the untold stories of how they rose to the top. Tickets available here.
Sunday January 20
Celebrate Race Day with free entertainment and activities across the local townships of Aldinga, Willunga and McLaren Vale. From 9am-3pm, there’s the Aldinga Bay Beach Market at Snapper Point. Party in the Park from 10am-3pm at Ellis Park, Main Street, McLaren Vale. Or head to the Peloton Picnic from 11am-3pm at The Old Courthouse Grounds, High Street, Willunga.
After a huge couple of weeks of racing, head to The Moseley to celebrate the race that was and enjoy a quiet beverage or three. There may even be a surprise visit from some Trek Segafredo athletes too. Entry is free.