Take a look at how PB show case this great cycling holiday
Arrival Day Tour Down Under Bike Race
Ride Option: Distance 35km route Henley Beach
Includes: Airport Transfer, Welcome Drinks & Dinner
Non-cycling guests: Share the Tour day sights
Welcome to Adelaide, our personalized service will collect you at midday from Adelaide Airport followed by a short transfer to your 4* Hotel accommodation in the heart of the city. Having checked-in to your accommodation we are available to assist you with un-packing your bike and should time permit the opportunity for a gentle ride over to the beach to stretch out the legs from your travel and to ensure that the bikes also travelled safely!
This evening we invite you to join us for Welcome Drinks and Dinner ‘a surprise’ at one of Adelaide’s cosmopolitan Restaurants. A great time to talk about our fantastic week ahead with the best ride routes, live race action from the road side and relaxing café / lunch stops on route each day.
Distance 100km Ascent 1000m route Snake Gully
Distance 85km Ascent 900m route Adelaide Hills
Distance 60km Ascent 460m route Port Adelaide
Non-cycling guests: Share the Tour day sights and TDU stage finish in Port Adelaide
The 2019 Tour Down Under bike race begins this year with both the start and finish on the streets of Adelaide with stage 1 heading into the Adelaide Hills before an expected sprint finish on the circuit in Port Adelaide. This is a challenging start to the TDU where the undulating roads of the Adelaide Hills will test the legs and make for exciting racing from day one.
Our own premium ride this morning, taken at our own pace as we wind our way out of Adelaide and experience a taste of the beautiful Adelaide Hills and catch the race action live. The uniqueness of the Aussie landscape allows us to keeps the pedals turning before all the first stage finish line spectacle in Port Adelaide, who will wear the first Santos Ochre Leaders Jersey at the Tour down Under 2019.
Distance 135km Ascent 965m route Sprinters
Distance 90km Ascent 700m route Gorge Rd
Distance 72km Ascent 700m route KOM
Non-cycling guest: Share the Tour day sights and action in the Adelaide Hills
The TDU race leader and team will be working hard today to control the race with Stage 2 race route starting again into the Adelaide Hills before heading north into the Barossa Valley wine growing area and the finish line in Angaston. The KOM at Checker Hill comes early in the stage and with this undulating route with over 2000m of climbing this is not an easy day for the professionals at the 2019 Tour down Under.
With a variety of superb riding today on the race route, decide how much effort you would like to make before we view the fastest sprinters in the world at full speed fighting for the southaustralia.com Sprint Jersey, last year’s winner Peter Sagan will be back could he take this highly sort after prize once more?
Late this afternoon is a perfect opportunity to take a drink together and visit the Tour Village & Bike Expo, the hub of the Tour down Under and the centre of activity for the team support personnel including the workshops for the team mechanics
Distance 95km Ascent 1500m route Lobethal
Distance 79km Ascent 1200m route Circuit
Distance 45km Ascent 775m route Uraidla
TDU Viewing Points: Start + KOM + Finish Circuit
Non-cycling guests: Share the Tour day sights and action of Uraidla Finish Circuit
One of the amazing aspects of the Tour down under bike race event in Adelaide is the opportunity for race viewing on more than one occasion each day, it’s similar at our Volta Algarve bike race tour in Portugal each February and generally multiple race viewing opportunities are not possible at European professional races of this high level. Add in the unique skill set and a world of cycling experience of your Practice Bicycle team and a thrilling day of cycling lays ahead
With the Pro Peloton challenged with 3337m of climbing, mostly on a difficult finishing circuit the race organisation is making the 2019 TDU winner have great climbing legs this January. We can experience our own climbing on today’s stage with a variety of our choice routes on offer and the flexibility for all abilities the key to your ultimate week of riding and race viewing pleasure. Enjoy the race viewing on the finishing circuit or allow the legs to be challenged with a lap in the saddle.
Today you may wish for the option of a relaxing day with an included afternoon visit to a hidden gem of an Adelaide Hills wine tasting!
Distance 85km Ascent 1000m route Sprint
Distance 60km Ascent 750m route Hahndorf
TDU Viewing Points: Sprint + Route
Non-cycling guests: Share the Tour day sights and township of Hahndorf
There are no easy stages at the 2019 Tour down Under and this early season stage race will be pushing the professionals this January, today many will be trying to hide before a very difficult final week-end of racing. Stage 4 takes a big loop heading into the southern Adelaide hills before the critical Corkscrew climb before the downhill finish in Campbelltown.
For those looking forward to taking part in the ‘Challenge Tour’ stage tomorrow a moderate ride will be the perfect preparation with a taste of Adelaide’s best cafes on route. If you’ve come to Australia’s best cycling destination for quality back to back riding and your very own week of challenge rides, enjoy these great roads with the professionals at Practice Bicycle bike tours.
Distance 60km – 158.7km route ‘Challenge Tour’ (if entered)
Distance various – PB Challenge
TDU Viewing Points: Stage Finish
Non-cycling guests: Share and Support the ‘Challenge’ riders’ effort
For those who have chosen the ‘Challenge Tour’ the mass participation ride will be following the actual race stage route for 158.7km heading south along the coast to the climb of Sellicks Hill before crossing the peninsular to Victor Harbor and heading north to the stage finish line in Strathalbyn a complete day on the bike. Feel like a real pro for the day, taken care of and in the very experienced and capable hands (& legs) of your own Practice Bicycle domestiques (team mate & worker) and your own personal support team. Alternatively the Practice Bicycle team have on offer your own ride route with great cycling in Australia whichever you decide!
Distance 135km route Circuit Willunga Hill
Distance 82km route Aldinga Beach Willunga Hill
Distance 52km route McLaren Vale
TDU Viewing Points: Multiple stage viewing
Non-cycling guests: Share the Tour day sights and stage action in McLaren Vale wine region
The 2019 Tour down Under was intentionally designed for a difficult race route; add the queen stage of Willunga Hill for the final action and a classic race day atmosphere will be experienced on the roads of the McLaren Vale wine growing region this year.
After exploring this marvellous cycling region together, we will be feeling just like the Pro’s and with one final challenge together this will be a superb day to end this years TDU. If you prefer to spend your energy kicking back from the roadside the spectacle of this fantastic sporting event will be at a high today as we have multiple opportunities to watch the world’s best race action pass us by. Refreshed in one of the local cafes on route absorb this superb spectacle as they take on the KOM and the highlight of the day as the fight is on for the Winner of the 2019 Tour down Under on Willunga Hill!
Sadly today is also your departure day from Adelaide with the race action due to finish at 3.00pm we recommend you plan your onward travels for later than 6:00pm.
For those planning to depart later and have chosen the optional extra of an additional night stay, enjoy one last evening in Adelaide before your Airport transfer the following morning Monday 21st January
*Ride option – It’s the PB Bike Tour experience where you get to choose to ride as much or as little as you wish!