Help celebrate the Santos Tour Down Under’s 15th birthday at the Adelaide City Council Tour Village & Bike Expo, opening 3pm this Saturday in Victoria Square / Tarndanyangga.
Located in the heart of the city, the Village will be a haven for cycling fans and a hub for Santos Tour Down Under riders, mechanics and organisers.
“Adelaide City Council is proud to have been a premier sponsor of the Santos Tour Down Under since the beginning,” said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.
“The event gives an estimated economic boost of $41.5 million for the State and attracts over 230,000 visitors to the city so it’s a great way to showcase everything the City of Adelaide has to offer.
“This year the Village and Bike Expo will be bigger and better than ever before. Entry is free so grab your friends and work colleagues, head into the city and enjoy all the fun and activities on offer during the Tour.”
Stephen will officially open the village on Saturday at 3pm. Once open, the Village will become STDU headquarters. Fans will be able to watch team mechanics at work, have a look at a range of sponsor displays and merchandise and maybe even get an autograph.
“The outdoor area is the perfect place to meet friends, watch the big screen, grab a drink and soak up the atmosphere,” Stephen said.
On Saturday evening the official team presentation will take place in the Village on the outside stage from 6pm, with renowned cycling commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen interviewing the riders. Australian dance act Sneaky Sound System will then take to the stage from 7.30pm to kick-start the festivities.
The Adelaide City Council Bike Expo at the northern end of Victoria Square will also give visitors the opportunity to test ride the latest bikes, check out a range of cycling gear and be equipped just like the pros.
Action on the road will begin on Sunday with the People’s Choice Classic in the East End, track action will begin at 3.30pm and the main race starting at 7-8pm. The 51km closed-circuit road race is held as a preview to the Tour, which officially begins on Tuesday 22 January from Prospect The race will then make its way around the State before finishing with the Adelaide City Council Street Circuit on Sunday 27 January.
For latest news and further information about the Tour Down Under visit www.tourdownunder.com.au
Adelaide City Council Tour Village & Bike Expo – Opening hours:
Saturday 19 January, 3pm -9pm
Sunday 20 January, 9am-2pm
Monday 21 January, 9am-6pm
Tuesday 22 January, 4pm-7pm (Bike Expo open 12.30-7pm)
Wednesday 23 January, 4pm-7pm (Bike Expo open 12.30-7pm)
Thursday 24 January, 4pm-7pm (Bike Expo open 12.30-7pm)
Friday 25 January, 4pm-7pm (Bike Expo open 12.30-7pm)
Saturday 26 January – 4pm-7pm (Bike Expo open 12.30-7pm)