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. PB Tours have enjoyed being a part of this incredible event and the Adelaide region for many years, designing each day of this thrilling tour to give you amazing cycling and time to relax ready for the next action packed day.

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

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Challenging Bike ToursAdelaide Bike Trips ideal for the leisure cyclist or look no further than the South Australia Cycling Tour for the best challenging cycling ‘down under’ a cycling vacation of a lifetime.

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Bike Race Tour

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Experienced Cycling Guides & Support Vehicle

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Flexible – 40km/25mi – 115km/71mi
We offer a choice of 2-3 ride distances each day as per our itineraries i.e 40, 80 or 115km

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Rides Only:
Without Accommodation AUD $2225 pp
Premium Tour
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3* Hotel Accommodation AUD $3213 pp
4* Hotel Accommodation AUD $3369 pp

 

One Hotel Cycling

Adelaide, Australia

Dates

16 – 22 January 2023

Duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

Small Group Size

4 to 8 people

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Single room – AUD $798
Bike hire – AUD $600
Extra night – AUD $278
Non-cycling partner – AUD $3123

Unpack Once, Ride Everyday

Adelaide The Perfect Cycling Destination In Australia

The city of Adelaide, the cosmopolitan coastal capital of South Australia, highlighting the very best of cycling down under in Australia.
Whether it’s a recovery ride along the coast, pushing the intensity into the Adelaide Hills or a long day in the saddle through the ‘Aussie bush’ and the McLaren Vale wineries full of world-class wines.
World Tour Professional Cycling each January at the Tour down Under can be no greater recommendation, South Australia offers the very best bike riding in Australia.
It’s the cycling that is the true highlight, with an extensive network of roads and variety of terrain, that can only be equaled in Europe.
Join us for your next PB cycling experience at the Tour down Under in South Australia!

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 too...so glad that coffee, wine and food featured highly on the trip list too! Highly recommended.
Testimonial by J Medd – Australia
J Medd – Australia

Dates

Premium Tour
2023
  • 16 January — 22 January Book Now Enquire
Rides Only
2023
  • 17 January — 22 January Book Now Enquire

Tour down Under Itinerary

Small group amazing cycling don’t miss out in 2023 with this thrilling bike race spectacle week at the Tour down Under.
Monday 16th January - Arrival Day in Adelaide South Australia
ARRIVAL TIME IN ADELAIDE: Midday
Ride Options:
Distance 35km/22mi route Henley Beach
Distance 50km/31mi route Semaphore
Non-cycling guests: Visit Henley Beach and magnificent shoreline of St Vincent Gulf.
Welcome to cycling in Adelaide and the Tour down Under 2023, our personalized service will collect you at midday from Adelaide Airport followed by a short transfer to your 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 travels and to ensure that the bikes also travelled safely!
This afternoon is a great time to talk about our fantastic cycling week ahead with the best ride routes, live race action from the roadside and relaxing coffee / lunch stops facilitated on route each day. The perfect PB cycling experience at the 2023 Tour down Under.
*Ride option – It’s the PB Bike Tour experience where you get to choose to ride as much or as little as you wish!
Tuesday 17th January - View the Tour down Under EFEX Prologue 5.5km
*Ride Options:
Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 600m/2000ft route Belair National Park
Distance 55km/34mi Ascent 870m/2800ft route Coromandel
Distance 75km/47mi Ascent 1100m/3600ft route Bradbury
TDU Viewing Points: City Circuit Prologue
Non-cycling guests: Visit Belair National Park
The excitement will be building today with the return of the World Tour Professional Cyclists to Australia and this evenings unique Prologue. It’s a first for the Tour down Under with a thrilling technical circuit along the riverbanks in the centre of Adelaide, fast and furious race viewing a great introduction to the 2023 Tour down Under, and the perfect opportunity to individually see your favourite stars of world cycling as they pass you by at short intervals.
With the race action this evening, we can make our own action this morning with a selection of ride routes for all abilities, which all include amazing panoramic views of the city of Adelaide from the Windy Point Look out.
Challenge the bumpy roads in the Mount Lofty Ranges and enjoy the unique landscapes with complete flexibility before descending back to your hotel in Adelaide.
This evening we’ll catch up together for an evening of race action on the river Torrens and the first wearing of the Ochre Race Leaders Jersey!
Wednesday 18th January - View the Tour down Under Ziptrak® Men's Stage 1: Tanunda to Tanunda (150km elevation 2053m)
*Ride Options:
Distance 45km/28mi Ascent 435m/1400ft route Tanunda
Distance 72km/45mi Ascent 735m/2400ft route Nuriootpa
Distance 100km/62mi Ascent 1036m/3400ft route Angaston
TDU Viewing Points: KOM + Sprint + Finish
Non-cycling guests: Visit Barossa Valley and Tanunda township

The Tour Down Under peloton begin the 2023 Tour with the first road stage with the start and finish on the streets of Tanunda, this town is the hub of the famous Barossa Valley region and aptly named from the Aboriginal word for watering hole!
With the race route taking the professional peloton on multiple circuits on roads among some of the very best wine in the world, the Barossa Valley the perfect background for world class cycling in Australia. This is a relatively uncomplicated day for the international racing cyclists to start this year’s TDU although the climb of Menglers Hill each lap will allow for attacks and exciting racing throughout the stage before the anticipated super-fast sprint to the finish line in Tanunda.
We will enjoy the very best of the Barossa Valley with both cycling and wine (if you wish) taken at your pace the perfect pace as we enjoy the uniqueness of the Aussie landscape to keep the pedals turning. With multiple unique live race viewing from the roadside this will make for the perfect day at the Tour down Under.
With the Barossa Valley one of the oldest wine regions in Australia dotted with some of the world’s best wine today is the perfect opportunity for a visit!

Thursday 19th January - View the Tour down Under Stage 2: Brighton - Victor Harbor (156km elevation 2401m)
*Ride Options:
Distance 52km/32mi Ascent 560m/1800ft route Myponga
Distance 75km/47mi Ascent 850m/2700ft route Normanville
Distance 115km/71mi Ascent 1300m/4200ft route Victor Harbor
TDU Viewing Points: KOM + Finish
Non-cycling guests: Visit 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 2401m elevation stage and it will be difficult to hide especially if the wind blows on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Stage 2 starts at the coastal resort town of Brighton before heading south over undulating terrain towards the finish line in the fantastic town of Victor Harbor, nestled against the Ocean of the Great Australian Bight.
We have a wonderful choice of ride options for your PB cycling adventures as we explore the most southerly roads of your visit to South Australia. Follow the coastal route and bumpy terrain or head interior before enjoying all the festivities of the finish line in Victor Harbor. If you like to pace your effort during this great cycling week, this could be a good recovery day on the bike, or if you’ve come to Australia’s best cycling destination for quality back-to-back challenging riding, enjoy these great roads with the professionals at Practice Bicycle Bike Tours.
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

Friday 20th January – View the Tour down Under Stage 3: Norwood to Campbelltown (118km elevation 2442m)
*Ride options:
Distance 45km/28mi Ascent 600m/1900ft route Corkscrew Hill
Distance 75km/47mi Ascent 1150m/3700ft route Cudlee Creek
Distance 92km/57mi Ascent 1255m/4000ft route Kenton Valley
TDU Viewing Points: KOM + Finish
Non-cycling guests: Visit Adelaide Hills and Lobethal township

One of the amazing aspects of this ‘One Location’ World Tour cycling event in Adelaide is the opportunity for riding and race viewing in a variety of landscapes throughout your PB Tours cycling week.
Stage 3 takes the Pro Peloton into the Adelaide Hills with 2442m of elevation throughout a difficult race day, with 3 of Adelaide’s renown climbs added into the mix this will be a thrilling day of cycling and a potential overall winner may emerge at the finish.
Enjoy the Adelaide Hills experience 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 and allow the legs to be challenged with your choice of ideal ride routes among the native landscape of the Adelaide Hills.
Today you may wish for the option of a relaxing afternoon with an opportunity to visit a hidden gem Adelaide Hills winery!

Saturday 21st January Tour down Under Stage 4: Port Willunga - Willunga Township (135km elevation 1436m)
*Ride Options:
Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 200m/650ft route McLaren Vale
Distance 62km/38mi Ascent 420m/1400ft route Aldinga Beach
Distance 95km/59mi Ascent 800m/2600ft route Willunga Hill
TDU Viewing Points: Start + Multiple stage viewing
Non-cycling guests: Visit McLaren Vale and Port Willunga.

It would not be the Tour down Under without a stage in the McLaren Vale this magnificent cycling and wine region, we will be feeling just like the Pro’s with your tailored daily rides designed for your PB Tours cycling experience and this is certainly a superb day to be in Adelaide.
For the first time the iconic finishing climb of Willunga Hill is not included in this year’s route, this new race circuit will require the sprinters to stay alert for a stage victory on the streets of Willunga. With an ideal choice of ride distances available, decide how much cycling you would like among the vines and along the beaches, and into the hills if you wish! Should 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/restaurants on route absorb this superb race spectacle in the McLaren Vale region and for any wine connoisseur, this is definitely one of our favorite’s, your memorable visit too one of the many amazing wineries.

Sunday 22nd January - Departure Day from Adelaide + View the Tour down Under Stage 5: Unley - Mount Lofty (114km elevation 3131m)
DEPARTURE TIME FROM ADELAIDE: 6:00pm
Ride option:
Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 650m/2100ft route Stirling
Distance 67km/42mi Ascent 1087m/3500ft route Mount Lofty
Distance 94km/58mi Ascent 1524m/5000ft route Uraidla
TDU Viewing Points: Sprint + KOM + Finish
Non-cycling guest: Visit Adelaide Hills and towns of Stirling & German township of Hahndorf

The final stage of this year’s amazing race with a massive 3131m of climbing packed into 114km of racing! The 2023 Tour down Under will be remembered for its new thrilling race format seconds counted from the very beginning with the Prologue, now on Mount Lofty every second will count to crown the winner of the 2023 TDU. This first World Tour event for 2023 will show case the early season form for the best riders in the world on the great roads of South Australia.
Our final ride together will be just as thrilling, enjoy the climb out of Adelaide and spectacular views of the surrounding area, before you’re on the race circuit with several opportunities of spectacular live roadside viewing and a coffee/restaurant stop or two for the perfect final day at the Tour down Under with PB Tours.
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.
*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.

The PB cycling team are specialists when it comes to ride routes with a choice of routes 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, PB 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.  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 

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 offer a selection of different ride routes each day that are tailored to the cyclist experience and ability, including each years actual Tour Down Under stage routes, take a look at this years itinerary, above.

The PB team with over 15 years of cycling experience in South Australia have developed over 30 ride routes on the great cycling roads of Adelaide and surrounding areas, suitable for riders of all levels.

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 facilitated 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 when making your booking.
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, Ride 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, Ride 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 ready for a great day of riding
  • 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
  • Coffee / 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 cycling 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/miles 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 the eucalyptus shrouded Adelaide hills and panoramic rows of leafy green vineyards
  • 1st class service, small group camaraderie a unique experience & lots of fun
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