Tour Down Under Bike Tours

Sun speed spectacle Aussie summer cycling down under

With Covid restrictions preventing the World Tour professional cyclists from racing down under for the last two years, 2023 will see the best cyclists in the world racing back on the roads of Adelaide.
With a new stage race format including an opening street circuit prologue the race will be electric from the very first day.
Experience Australia at it’s very best with new cycling routes and climbs, unique cycling down under and a true taste of Australia. Be part of all the action of the 2023 Tour Down Under with live roadside viewing and the opportunity to ride parts of the race route and other sensational, scenic rides with your team and expert guides. Start your year in style cycling the best roads in Australia and enjoying this amazing Tour Down Under cycling trip!

With a world of cycling experience and unique small group cycling skill set, Practice Bicycle Tours are the best way to enjoy your bike race holiday, whether you’re looking for day after day of challenge or a cruise on the most beautiful cycling roads of Australia.

Tour Down Under Bike Race

January is when the cycling world turns to Adelaide, Australia for the first major race on the world cycling calendar and the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. The Santos Tour Down Under lifts this world class event to a new level with more climbing and truly a festival of cycling with all the stars of cycling challenged like never before. Practice Bicycle Tours have enjoyed being a part of this incredible event and the Adelaide region for many years, designing each day of this tour to give you amazing cycling and time to relax for the next action packed day.

Enjoy the spectacle of each stage of the Tour Down Under race action, exploring on amazing routes with your own fully guided rides each day.  Relax and reward yourself with the best rides in South Australia with complete confidence in all the details.

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Bike Race Tour

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Flexible – 40km/25mi – 120km/75mi
We offer a choice of 2-3 ride distances each day as per our itineraries i.e 40, 80 or 120km

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Rides Only:
Without Accommodation $2185 per person
Premium Tour
3* Apartment Accommodation $2993 per person
3* Hotel Accommodation $2999 per person
4* Hotel Accommodation $3253 per person


One Hotel Cycling

Adelaide, Australia


16 – 22 January 2023


7 Days / 6 Nights

Small Group Size

4 to 8 people

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Single room – $474
Bike hire – $600
Extra night – $158
Non-cycling partner – $2900

Non-cycling partner?

That’s ok, we cater to non-cyclists too!

Don’t miss out on a cycling holiday with your partner, just because you do not ride. We cater to non-cyclists that want to join their cycling wife/husband/partner at the Tour down Under Bike Race tour this January in Australia. With your preference to be less energetic, enjoy the sights of this world-class international race spectacle and the best of Adelaide and South Australia from the comfort of the support vehicle or should you prefer a rest from the race action, relax by the beach or enjoy the charm of Adelaide, sophisticated, cultured and casual.

I’ve just completed my first trip with Practice Bicycle, they provide such a great comprehensive service that can be made to accommodate every level of cycling from advanced to a bit of a novice like me. Great coaching from both Paul and Bridget and great organisation on other activities glad that coffee, wine and food featured highly on the trip list too! Highly recommended.
Testimonial by J Medd – Australia
J Medd – Australia


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  • 16 January — 22 January Book Now Enquire
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  • 17 January — 22 January Book Now Enquire

Tour down Under Itinerary

Small group amazing cycling with this race spectacle week at the Tour down Under.
Monday 16th January - Arrival Day in Adelaide
Ride Option: Distance 35km route Henley Beach
Inclusions: Airport Transfer
Non-cycling guests: Cosmopolitan atmosphere of Henley Beach & magnificent shoreline of St Vincent Gulf.
Welcome to Adelaide, our personalized service will collect you at midday from Adelaide Airport followed by a short transfer to your accommodation in the heart of the city. Having checked-in to your accommodation we are available to assist you with preparing your bike and should time permit the opportunity for a gentle ride over to the beach to stretch out the legs and remove the effects from your travels.
This is also the perfect opportunity to talk about our fantastic week together with the best ride routes, live race action from the roadside and relaxing café / lunch stops facilitated on route each day.
Tuesday 17th January - View the Tour down Under EFEX Prologue 5.5km
Details comin soon..
*Ride options:
Distance 30km Ascent 255m route Tanunda
Distance 72km Ascent 700m route Williamstown
Distance 105km Ascent 955m route Angaston
TDU Viewing Points: KOM + Sprint + Feed + Stage Finish
Inclusions: Breakfast, Café / Lunch stop facilitated, Barossa Wine Tasting
Non-cycling guests: Tanunda township & enjoy the finest wine in the world in the Barossa Valley
The Tour Down Under peloton begin this year’s event with both the start and finish on the streets of Tanunda with stage 1 taking the professional peloton on a circuit among some of the best wine in the world in the Barossa Valley. This is a relatively comfortable day for the European professional teams to start this year’s TDU although the climb of Breakneck Hill will allow for attacks and exciting racing throughout the stage before the anticipated super-fast sprint to the line in Tanunda.
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 before we catch up with all race action live on the stage circuit. The uniqueness of the Aussie landscape allows us to keep the pedals turning and the Practice Bicycle unique live viewing spot and wine tasting opportunity will make for the perfect opening day, who will wear the first Santos Ochre Leaders Jersey at the Tour down Under.
Wednesday 18th January - View the Tour down Under Ziptrak Stage 1: Tanunda to Tanunda 150km
Details coming soon..
*Ride Options:
Distance 55km Ascent 700m route Aldgate
Distance 85km Ascent 1150m route Stirling
Distance 96km Ascent 1300m route Woodside
TDU Viewing Points: Start + KOM + Feed
Inclusions: Breakfast, Café / Lunch stop facilitated, Visit Tour Village & Bike Expo
Non-cycling guest: Tour stage start town of Woodside, German township of Hahndorf & action in the Adelaide Hills
The TDU race leader and team will be working hard today to control the race with Stage 2 a very difficult race route in the Adelaide Hills with a total of 2357m of elevation. For those familiar with the history of the Tour down Under the difficult stage is the final stage at Willunga Hill, this year with stage 2 and tomorrows stage 3 both over 2000m there is little time for the riders to ease into the TDU.
With a variety of superb riding options today on the race route, decide how much effort you would like to make riding some of the best cycling roads in Australia among the Adelaide Hills. Enjoy the atmosphere of the race start before we catch up with the peloton fighting for victory on the uphill sprint in Stirling.
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
Thursday 19th January - View the Tour down Under Stage 2: Brighton - Victor Harbor 156km
Details coming soon..
*Ride Options:
Distance 60km Ascent 650m route Paracombe
Distance 85km Ascent 1100m route Chain of Ponds
Distance 113km Ascent 1560m route Lenswood
TDU Viewing Points: Feed + Sprint + KOM + Finish Circuit
Inclusions: Breakfast, Café / Lunch stop facilitated & Adelaide Hills Winery Visit,
Non-cycling guests: Gorge Native Wildlife Park, Cudlee Creek & spectacle of the race Finishing Circuit
One of the amazing aspects of this World Tour cycling 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 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 2614m of climbing, including 4 difficult laps of a finishing circuit before the final climb to the finish line the race organisation is making the 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!
Friday 20th January – View the Tour down Under Stage 3: Norwood to Campbelltown 118km
Details coming soon..
*Ride options:
Distance 48km Ascent 930m route Montacute
Distance 96km Ascent 1500m route Mount Torrens
Distance 162.2km route ‘Challenge Tour’ (if entered)
TDU Viewing Points: KOM or Stage Finish
Inclusions: Breakfast, Café / Lunch stop facilitated, Challenge Tour Support
Non-cycling guests: Lobethal township markets and Beirhaus, 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 162.2km heading from Norwood into the Adelaide Hills before turning south to the finish line in Murray Bridge 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 (teammate & worker) and your own personal support team. Alternatively, the Practice Bicycle team have on offer your own tailored ride to catch up with the race action with great cycling in Australia whichever you decide!
Saturday 21st January - View Tour down Under Stage 4: Port Willunga - Willunga Township 135km
Details coming soon
*Ride Options:
Distance 45km Ascent 760m route Meadows
Distance 93km Ascent 700m route Coastal
Distance 104km Ascent 980m route Victor Harbor
TDU Viewing Points: Sprint + Finish
Inclusions: Breakfast, Café / Lunch stop facilitated
Non-cycling guests: Share the day on the Fleurieu Peninsula and township of Victor Harbor & Granite Island.
There are no easy stages at the Tour down Under and this early season stage race will be pushing the limits of the professionals this January, today it’s another 2000m elevation stage and it will be difficult to hide especially if the wind blows on the Peninsula. Stage 5 starts at the coastal resort town of Glenelg before heading over the climbs to Meadows then south towards the finish line in the lovely town of Victor Harbor on the Ocean at the Great Australian Bight. The 5km KOM of Kirby Hill before the finish could upset the sprinters and allow a break away to win the day.
We have a wonderful choice of ride options for today’s adventures head interior for more hilly terrain or follow the coastal route before enjoying all the festivities of the finish line in Victor Harbor. Take a recovery day from the bike or If you’ve come to Australia’s best cycling destination for quality back to back riding and your very own week of rides, enjoy these great roads with the professionals at Practice Bicycle Tours.
Sunday 22nd January - Departure Day from Adelaide + View the Tour down Under Stage 5: Unley - Mount Lofty 114km
Details coming soon..
Ride option:
Distance 135km route Circuit Willunga Hill
Distance 82km route Aldinga Beach Willunga Hill
Distance 52km route McLaren Vale
TDU Viewing Points: Multiple stage viewing
Includes: Breakfast, Café / Lunch stop facilitated, McLaren Vale Wine Tasting
Non-cycling guests: Share all the final stage action in McLaren Vale wine region
After exploring this marvelous 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 year’s 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 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 a departure time after 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 23rd 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!

Absolutely! Look for our ‘Rides Only’ (17 – 22 January 2023) package to get on this tour without any add-ons or accommodation for your perfect flexible stay cycling holiday.
Each day you will join the Practice Bicycle Team at a convenient central Adelaide meeting point.  Fully escorted and supported on superb rides to the best viewing locations to catch 6 stages of the Santos Tour Down Under live.
Rides Only Includes:
6 days of superb fully guided tailored rides to a variety of ideal locations at our ‘unique live viewing spots’ for all the race action.
Ride support vehicle with ‘on the go’ mechanical assistance, sports drinks & nutritional bars for all bike rides.
Choice of ride distance including cafe / restaurant lunch stops facilitated on route each day.
Experienced #1 Cycling Guides.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are just new to the bike, you will love cycling in Adelaide and for fans of international bike racing, this trip is for you!
Each cycling route during your Tour Down Under Bike Trip will be tailored specifically to your bike riding ability and experience, so you can have a challenging ride or a comfortable ride – the choice is yours.  We specialize with a ride choice each day making for the perfect cycling week.

With the Tour down Under an exciting festival of cycling, your days will be packed with fun both on and off the bike.  Make the most of this great week with a visit to the City of Adelaide Tour Village, catch up with all the latest race news over a refreshing drink.
Alternatively Adelaide’s generous boulevards and elegant architecture provide the perfect backdrop for all sorts of activities. No matter what takes your interest, there’s something here for you.

The destination for your Tour down Under bike race tour is the city of Adelaide. The Premium Tour down Under package includes a private vehicle transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city.

The closest airport is the Adelaide International Airport (Australia) which is serviced directly by many international airlines including, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

Many major airlines operate international flights to Sydney and Melbourne these include Qantas, Virgin Australia, British Airways, Emirates, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Air Canada. With onward domestic connecting flights available to Adelaide Airport.

Subject to availability, Practice Bicycle Tours include a choice of 3* and 4* hand-picked luxury accommodation in the heart of the Adelaide city centre.  The 4* Majestic Roof Garden Hotel the perfect location to enjoy the best of the Tour down Under and South Australia, should you be looking to self-cater the spacious stylish Hume Serviced Apartments accommodation is perfect for a relaxed group stay.  For something a little different, and to cater for all guests we recommend the 3* charming Adabco Boutique Hotel in the city centre.

          Majestic Roof Garden 4 Star Hotel Adelaide City Australia          Adabco Boutique 3 Star Hotel Adelaide Australia         Hume Serviced Apartments Adelaide City Centre

We love a challenge as much as we love cycling. The team at Practice Bicycle has a history in professional bike racing and coaching in fact it was on the roads of the Adelaide hills where your host Bridget Evans took 3rd place at the Australian Championships in 2005.  So, if it’s a challenge you are looking for, we can find just the right rides for you during this pinnacle cycling week in Australia.

If you are looking for a challenge with your next cycling vacation, look at our Challenging Bike Tours category, with fantastic cycling opportunities in superb destinations including, Australia, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and the French Alps.

We tailor the daily rides to the riders experience, including actual Tour Down Under stage routes, take a look at this years itinerary.
Practice Bicycle has developed 30+ rides in Adelaide for riders of all levels with over 15 years of cycling experience in South Australia!

We have the ideal package for any fan of world class cycling who does not wish to ride and prefers to spectate during our Tour down Under cycling tour. The perfect solution for a non-cycling wife/husband/partner to accompany the bike tour rider on their unique Tour down Under cycling holiday whilst in Australia.

As a Non-Cycling guest and bike race fan you experience all the spectacle, excitement, and action up close and personal of the bike race live each day. Our local support team will share with you culture and townships on route whilst catching up with the cycling group at our ‘unique live viewing spots’ and cafe / lunch stops together.

You may also wish to immerse yourself and discover the best of the city of Adelaide from its “cultural boulevard” and some of Australia’s most beautiful buildings to a visit to the home of Australia’s most famous wine – Penfolds Grange.
Alternatively, swim with dolphins in our clear clean waters, cuddle a koala or visit the most beautiful cricket ground in the world, Adelaide Oval.

For shopaholics, wander down Rundle Mall and indulge in some retail therapy. Be sure to pick up some treats from Haigh’s Chocolates or stock up on RM Williams merchandise from the legendary Outback outfitter.

Absolutely, if you would like to tag on an additional extra night then select from our optional extras.
We highly recommend the additional night option with the final stage finishing late afternoon on Sunday which requires an after 7:oopm departure from Adelaide.  This also gives you more time to relax and enjoy Sunday evening in the wonderful city of Adelaide.

‘Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday’
The one location bike tour experience is the brainchild of Bridget Evans (Owner/Operator).  On retiring from professional cycling, it was the pure pleasure of cycling that evolved the proven Practice Bicycle formula of one location.  Including everything enjoyable and removing the less pleasurable is our goal of your perfect cycling holiday experience.

Packing and Unpacking each day is tiring, stressful and time consuming. With insufficient time to relax, enjoy and experience the destination before it is time to move on again.
With a life spent discovering the very best destinations to Practice Bicycle, including the discovery of endless ride routes exploring in every direction from the one perfect location.
Experience the very best cycling of your life when you Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday!

For your added convenience we have quality carbon road bikes as an optional extra available to you with your Tour down Under cycling vacation.
Many of our guests prefer their own bikes for maximum cycling pleasure. Should logistics and travel arrangements make this too difficult then our bike hire is the perfect solution.
Depending on availability and size we have several brands available including Merida and Trek carbon road bikes.

Merida Scultura 4000 Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50,34 x11-29            Trek Carbon Road Bike Compact Frame Shimano Ultegra 50.34 x 11-32

Premium Tour Down Under bike tour package includes:

  • 6 nights 3* or 4* accommodation in the heart of the city of Adelaide, South Australia
  • Fabulous Buffet Breakfast each morning at 3* & 4* Hotels
  • Exciting and spectacular viewing of Santos Tour Down Under stages throughout the week from a variety of ideal locations at our ‘unique live viewing spots’
  • 7 days of superb guided, tailored rides, as well as full professional support.
  • A choice of ride distances each day perfect for all abilities
  • Highly Experienced International Cycling Guides
  • A fully equipped support team & vehicle, mechanical assistance, sports drinks & nutritional bars for all bike rides
  • Cafe / Restaurant lunch stops facilitated on route each day.
  • Adelaide Airport pick-up/drop-off & hotel transfer (Midday tour arrival & 6pm tour departure day)

Tour Down Under Tour Highlights:

  • City of Adelaide, South Australia the ideal location for summer down under
  • World Tour international professional racing cyclists in a relaxed environment up close & personal
  • Start your cycling year in January with a magical week of riding the most memorable kilometres in Australia
  • Taste Aussie Wine, some of the best in the world in the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills & McLaren Vale wine growing areas
  • Action packed rides along endless beaches, amongst eucalyptus shrouded hills and panoramic rows of leafy green vineyards
  • 1st class service, small group camaraderie a unique experience & lots of fun
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