Suggested rides at the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under

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A big part of visiting Adelaide for the Tour Down Under is bringing your bike along and riding to the stages to watch the riders fly by. In this post we pull together some suggested rides to help you make the most out of your trip to Adelaide.

Please note that each of the CyclingTips Tour Down Under daily rides mentioned below are suggested routes to the best viewing points for the day only. These won’t be guided rides. Starting times are estimated and should be checked to ensure you allow enough time to reach the suggested viewing point in time.

For full details on a suggested ride for each stage we suggest you visit the CyclingTips Strava club page.

Stage 1 (suggested route): Adelaide to Checker Hill (KOM)

The suggested route for today sees us kick off the Tour Down Under with some beautiful rolling terrain. Heading north east out of town we will take the twisting Gorge Road: an absolute must for any cyclist in Adelaide. We then head on to watch the race unfold on the Checker Hill KOM before heading back into town via the infamous Corkscrew Road.

For further information on the stage click here.

Date: Tuesday 20 January 2015
Stage: Tanunda to Campbelltown
Suggested ride distance: 82km approx.
Vertical: 1,500m
Further information: Stage 1

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Stage 2 (suggested route): Adelaide to Stirling (Finish)

The suggested route for today kicks off with a long smooth climb up alongside the freeway, an optional (and highly recommended!) trip up Mt Lofty before heading into Stirling. There is an optional lap of the Mylor circuit (again, highly recommended) before choosing a spot on the hill to watch two laps and the finish in Stirling. The ride home is usually accompanied by the pros!

For further information on the stage click here.

Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015
Stage: Unley to Stirling
Suggested ride distance: 62km approx.
Vertical: 1,500m approx.
Further information: Stage 2

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Stage 3 (suggested route): Adelaide to Torrens Hill Road (KOM)

The suggested route for today takes on a scenic and slightly lumpy trip out to the Chain of Ponds before heading up the Torrens Hill climb to watch the KOM. Today’s ride back via Gorge Road includes the stunning Corkscrew Road climb.

For further information on the stage click here.

Date: Thursday 22 January 2015
Stage: Norwood to Paracombe
Suggested ride distance: 64km approx.
Vertical: 1,400m approx.
Further information: Stage 3

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Stage 4 (suggested route): Adelaide to Mt Barker (Finish)

The suggested route for today takes in some of the wine country en route to the charming German town of Hahndorf. This is a great place to grab a quick coffee and strudel before heading across to Mount Barker to watch the finish of the race. We recommend taking the route back via Stirling and the Old Freeway into town.

For further information on the stage click here.

Date: Friday 23 January 2015
Stage: Glenelg to Mount Barker
Suggested ride distance: 74km approx.
Vertical: 1,600m approx.
Further information: Stage 4

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Stage 5 (suggested route): Adelaide to Willunga Hill (Finish)

The suggested route for today takes a scenic (and quite lumpy) route out to the infamous Willunga Hill climb. Once you are on the climb pick a good viewing position to watch the race come by before returning for the final climb to the finish. There are several options for the return (and don’t forget you can always take the bike track all the way back to Adelaide)

For further information on the stage click here.

Date: Saturday 24 January 2015
Stage: McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill
Suggested ride distance: 125km approx.
Vertical: 2,500m approx.
Further information: Stage 5

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There is no recommended ride for stage 6 because it’s in the heart of Adelaide. We do recommend, however, that you get out and go for a ride before the stage starts!

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