Tour Down Under Bike Tours

Sun speed spectacle Aussie summer cycling down under

The World Tour professional cyclists racing down under in 2025, see the very best cyclists in the world racing on the roads of Adelaide, South Australia.
With a new 6 stage race format including Willunga Hill and Mount Lofty the race will be electric from the very first day.
Experience amazing Australia at it’s very best with this quality small group cycling holiday, unique cycling down under and a true taste of Australia. Be part of all the action of the 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 cycling guides. Start your year in real style cycling the best roads in Australia with your premium Tour Down Under cycling trip!

Your experienced international cycling guides and unique skill set lead this quality small group cycling experience, Practice Bicycle Tours are the best way to enjoy your bike race holiday with a difference, whether you’re looking for day after day of challenging cycling or comfortable rides on the most beautiful cycling roads of Australia join PB in January.

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 cycling the Adelaide region for many years, designing each day of this thrilling bike race tour to give you amazing cycling for the final 4 stages.

Enjoy the spectacle of the Tour Down Under race action live from the roadside, with an incredible variety of viewing spots and fully guided and supported rides each day.  Relax and reward yourself with the best bike rides in South Australia and with complete confidence in all the details taken care of with your premium PB cycling experience.

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Challenging Bike ToursSOUTH AUSTRALIA CYCLING TOURS for the best challenging bike rides ‘down under’ your cycling vacation of a lifetime.

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Bike Race Tour

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PB Cycling Guides & Support Vehicle

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Comfortable / Challenging
40-115km / 25-71mi
Various ride distances each day

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Premium Tour:
5* Hotel Accommodation AUD $5100 pp
4* Hotel Accommodation AUD $4750 pp
Rides Only:
Without Accommodation AUD $3885 pp

 

One Hotel Cycling

Adelaide, Australia

Dates

15 – 20 January 2025 (tbc)

Duration

5 Nights / 6 Days

Small Group

6 Guests

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Single Room – AUD $865
Bike Hire – AUD $500
Extra Night – AUD $346
Non-Cycling Partner – AUD $4660

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 cannot rate Practice Bicycle Tours highly enough. The company is owned and operated by a couple of hard working Aussies Paul and Bridget. Paul does originally come from England but has since seen the light. Paul has been involved in cycle coaching for a long time and it shows in his teachings along the way. Bridget comes from a family of Australian sports fanatics who excelled in their chosen fields as did she is her cycling career. Together they formed this company called Practice Bicycle Tours based themselves in France and travel all over Europe and Australia to deliver their teachings.
We did the Tour Down Under in January 2023 and learnt so much from them. It you want a cycling holiday that holds no punches then this is the one for you. Highly recommended.
Testimonial by N Dixon – Australia
N Dixon – Australia

Dates

Join all the fun in the sun at the Tour down Under, click on the ‘Book Now’ button for your premium small group cycling tour.

5 DAY TOUR
2025
  • 15 January — 19 January Book Now Enquire
6 DAY TOUR
2025
  • 15 January — 20 January Book Now Enquire

Tour down Under Itinerary

Small group amazing cycling don’t miss out in 2025 with this thrilling live bike race spectacle at the Tour down Under.
Tour down Under Bike Tour
Wednesday 15th January - Arrival Day in Adelaide
Welcome to cycling in Adelaide and your 2025 Tour down Under cycling holiday, our personalized service will collect you from Adelaide Airport followed by a short transfer to your hotel accommodation in the heart of the city.
Once checked-in to your accommodation we will organise bike hire set-up ready for your amazing cycling adventures.
This evening we welcome you with an Aperitif and Australian contemporary restaurant dinner, the perfect preparation for your fantastic cycling days 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 for all our discerning cycling guests at the Tour down Under.

*Ride options – It’s the PB Bike Tour experience where you get to choose to ride as much or as little as you wish!

Tour down Under Bike Tour
Thursday 16th January - Tour down Under Stage Men's Stage 3: Tea Tree Gully – Campbelltown (145km elevation 2211m)
*Ride Options:
Distance 50km/31mi Ascent 775m/2500ft route Montacute
Distance 70km/43mi Ascent 850m/2700ft route Tea Tree Gully
Distance 95km/59mi Ascent 1200m/3900ft route Kersbrook

With the new exciting stage race format this will be your first opportunity in the Northern Adelaide Hills, to catch all the action of this years Tour down Under!
An early start today with your choice ride options into this perfect cycling terrain this morning. Adelaide is surrounded by great climbs radiating out from the CBD. It won’t be long before you are soaking up the roads amongst this contrasting landscape as we head towards the stage start at Tea Tree Gully.
These undulating roads will pass quickly when you’re having fun and a well-deserved Café stop is never far away with the PB team to keep the legs turning.
It’s an interesting and leg breaking stage start for the professionals, from the flag it’s straight into the first KOM of the stage 2.1km @ 6%!
Once the race peloton, team vehicles and all the razzamatazz have passed, continue your great ride returning to Adelaide.

Tour down Under Bike Tour
Friday 17th January - Tour down Under Hahn Men's Stage 4: Murray Bridge - Port Elliot (136km elevation 1055m)
*Ride Options:
Distance 54km/33mi Ascent 280m/900ft route Strathalbyn
Distance 60km/37mi Ascent 800m/2600ft route Crafers
Distance 115km/71mi Ascent 1080m/3500ft route Port Elliot

This could be the calm stage before the storm, a new stage route around Lake Alexandrina and the Murray river. A relatively flat stage for the sprinters to take a victory before a difficult final weekend of climbing which will decide the Tour down Under winner.
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. Climb out of Adelaide with the bumpy terrain or enjoy the flat roads of the Peninsula before enjoying all the festivities of the finish line in Port Elliot. 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 Tours.
Late this afternoon take the opportunity to 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

Tour down Under Bike Tour
Saturday 18th January Tour down Under THINK! Road Safety Men's Stage 5: Christies Beach - Willunga Hill (129km elevation 1791m)
*Ride Options:
Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 200m/650ft route McLaren Vale
Distance 74km/46mi Ascent 580m/1900ft route Willunga Hill
Distance 114km/70mi Ascent 800m/2600ft route Aldinga Beach

It would not be the Tour down Under without a stage in the McLaren Vale this magnificent cycling and wine region, you will be feeling just like the Pro’s with your tailored daily rides designed especially for your PB Tours cycling experience and this is certainly a superb day to be in Adelaide.
With the iconic climb of Willunga Hill included in this year’s route with 2 ascents, this new race format will require the general classification riders to have great climbing legs to fight for the stage victory on the summit. With an ideal choice of riding distances available we’ll be among the action throughout the stage, decide how much cycling you would like among the vines and along the beaches, and in the hills if you wish! 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 you have multiple opportunities to watch the world’s best race action pass you 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 a favorites with an opportunity for a memorable visit too one of the many amazing wineries.

Tour down Under Bike Tour
Sunday 19 January - Tour down Under Men's Stage 6: Unley - Mount Lofty (128km elevation 2821m)
Ride option:
Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 437m/1400ft route Stirling
Distance 44km/27mi Ascent 980m/3200ft route Mount Lofty
Distance 74km/46mi Ascent 1420m/4600ft route Uraidla

The final stage of this year’s amazing race with a testing 2821m of climbing packed into 128km of racing! The Tour down Under will be remembered for its thrilling race format with a back-to-back weekend of Willunga Hill and Mount Lofty, today on Mount Lofty every second will count to crown the winner of the TDU. This first World Tour event for the year will show case the early season form of the best stage race 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 panoramic views of the surrounding area, before you’re on the race circuit with several opportunities of spectacular live roadside viewing and a coffee stop or two for the perfect final viewing at the Tour down Under with PB Tours.
Celebrate an incredible week of cycling together on the amazing roads of South Australia and the thrilling action of the best professional cyclists at the Tour down Under with a ‘Aussie’ pub restaurant lunch.

Departure Day for TDU 5 Day / 4 Night Package.
The race action is due to finish at 3.00pm we will Vehicle transfer back to your hotel and assist you with your onward travels with an Adelaide Airport Drop-Off at 5.00pm.
*Ride option – It’s the PB Bike Tour experience where you get to choose to ride as much or as little as you wish!

Tour down Under Bike Tour
Monday 20th January - Departure Day from Adelaide
Goodbye from Adelaide South Australia
With your Tour down Under 5 Night package ending this morning Practice Bicycle are available to assist you with your onward travels.
With your transfer to Adelaide International Airport this morning we wish you safe travels and great cycling adventures in the future.

Tour Arrival & Departure Meet Point: Adelaide International Airport (Australia).

Your Premium Tour down Under package includes a private vehicle transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city of Adelaide, South Australia on both arrival and departure days.

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

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

Public Transport is available from Adelaide Airport to the City, the short journey takes 15min with the following options:
Adelaide Airport Bus Services and also Taxi Services

To enhance your Aussie Tour down Under Cycling holiday, included in your visit to Adelaide is Welcome Drinks & 3 course Dinner (starter/main/desert) in one of Adelaide’s contemporary restaurants to welcome you in style.  Your final TDU ride day will include an Australian Pub 3 course restaurant lunch (starter/main/desert) to celebrate your cycling week together.

Throughout the TDU ride week, Practice Bicycle will facilitate for you a variety of local suggested cafes/eateries on route each exciting day.  With some of the finest wineries in the world, on our choice rides throughout your cycling holiday, a winery visit & afternoon platter is a great way to enjoy the regions, should you wish!

Evenings are free for you to dine at your leisure in one of the endless choice of international cuisine all conveniently located within walking distance from your hotel.

Practice Bicycle Tours include 5* and 4* hand-picked luxury accommodation in the heart of the Adelaide city centre.
Depending on availability, we recommend the following 5* Sofitel Luxury Hotel Adelaide, 5* InterContinental Hotel Adelaide, and the 4* Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, all offering the perfect location to enjoy the best of the Tour down Under and South Australia.
Alternatively our TDU Rides Only Package allows for complete flexibility for our guests to choose their choice of accommodation for this great week of cycling.

5* Sofitel Luxury Hotel Adelaide South Australia

Sofitel Adelaide 5 Star Hotel City Centre          Sofitel Adelaide 5 Star Hotel Room          Sofitel Adelaide 5 Star Hotel Garcon Bleu Bar

5* InterContinental Adelaide City Centre

InterContinental Adelaide 5 Star Luxury Hotel          InterContinental Adelaide 5 Star Luxury Hotel Room          InterContinental Adelaide 5 Star Luxury Hotel Executive Lounge

4* Majestic Roof Garden Hotel Adelaide

Majestic Roof Garden 4 Star Hotel Adelaide City Australia          Majestic Roof Garden 4 Star Hotel Room          Majestic Roof Garden 4 Star Hotel Restaurant Culshaws

Our ‘TDU – Rides Only’ Package without accommodation included, allows for the perfect flexible stay cycling holiday down under.
Each day join the Practice Bicycle Team at a convenient central Adelaide meeting point.  Fully escorted and supported on a selection of superb rides to a variety of live race viewing locations on each stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.
What’s Included:
* Adelaide Airport pick-up/drop-off & hotel transfer (tour arrival & tour departure day)
* Welcome aperitif & Australian contemporary restaurant dinner.
* Exciting and spectacular viewing of 4 Santos Tour Down Under stages from a variety of ideal locations at our ‘unique live viewing spots’.
* Coffee / Restaurant lunch stops facilitated on route each day.
* 4 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, on the go mechanical assistance, sports drinks & nutritional bars for all bike rides.
* Final stage celebration Aussie pub restaurant lunch.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are new to bike riding, riding with PB is the best cycling in Adelaide.  Add in international bike race viewing and this trip is definitely for you!
Each cycling route during your Tour Down Under Bike Trip is tailored specifically to your individual bike riding experience, so you can have a challenging ride or a comfortable ride – the choice is yours.

Most look for a challenge with their cycling holiday. 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 back in 2005. So, if it’s a challenge you are looking for, we can find just the right rides for you at the TDU.

The PB cycling team are specialists when it comes to ride routes around Adelaide with a choice of routes each day making for the perfect cycling vacation.

With the Tour down Under an exciting festival of cycling, your days will be packed full of cycling excitement both on and off the bike.  Amazing days riding with your evenings free to make the most of fantastic Adelaide.
Don’t forget to visit the City of Adelaide Tour Village, catch up with all the latest race news, mechanics servicing cutting edge racing machines all with a refreshing relaxing drink.
Alternatively Adelaide’s generous boulevards, elegant architecture and CBD provide the perfect backdrop for a little retail therapy and relaxing dinner. No matter what takes your interest, there’s something here for you.

Our specialty bike race viewing tours are designed to give our guests an unique insight into the world of bike racing, which includes viewing the Tour Down Under race on a variety of different stages each year.
Tailoring the best selection of daily guided rides with a choice of routes available for all cycling abilities.
To see the quality of rides you will enjoy, take a look at the detailed daily itinerary above.

The PB team have over 15 years of cycling experience on the roads of South Australia developing a premium choice of the very best variety of ride routes on the great cycling roads of Adelaide and surrounds. This extensive local knowledge allows daily ride routes to be altered to suit 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.

Hi Paul and Bridget
Thank you for chucking my cap back in the post. I remembered when I got home that I was to grab it off you. It was much appreciated! You said you wanted to know when I was back on the bike after Adelaide. I did an hour on the trainer on the Tuesday and been pretty consistent since then. Usually when I get back from a holiday, my zen lasts half a day or so until the stress levels rise back to pre holiday levels… this time I’m not even sure I am back there yet after 6weeks!
Thanks for a fantastic trip, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hopefully our paths cross again.
See you on the road 🙂
Rob – Australia

I’ve just completed my first bike trip with Practice Bicycle Tours at the Tour down Under, 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.
Jess – Australia

My wife organised a Tour down Under Package as a surprise 40th birthday gift, WOW! My mate & I had a fabulous week, eating too much, too many beers, fantastic race viewing, the rides with Paul were great, challenging, and met my ‘wishes’ for the week. Thanks very much.
Owen – UK

What a dream week in Australia! I was looking for some challenging bike riding days, I enjoy bike racing also so the Practice Bicycle bike race trip really appealed to me. I chose the Rides Only TDU Package, it allowed me to join the ride days, meet back up with my wife in the evenings, amazing flexibility, they were so accommodating (secret to a small group!) accomplished my cycling goals, got to meet some super tanned aussie Pros and the enjoyed the ‘down under’ aussie sun (as they call it!) in summer!
Dave – USA

Having ridden in Lake Annecy France with Paul & Bridget, I wanted another goal, January it was. A great ride week in Adelaide at down under tour, tailored rides for the guests abilities, one of them will always ride with you!!! (no getting left behind), fabulous spots on couple of occasions to see the race each day, bespoke wineries after which I loved, great conversation and dinner company, fabulous week!
Mike – Australia

Thanks for the great week at the Tour down Under in Adelaide.
They say they do things a little differently from the rest…Their ‘uniqueness’ lies in how they put it together as we’ve experienced many Cycling Tours before…
Their amazing personalities gave us the most memorable time with a diverse group of people, fabulous hosts, fabulous week, it couldn’t have been better!
Cath – Australia

Thanks for a truly wonderful TDU experience in Adelaide. I must congratulate Practice Bicycle for their professional conduct displayed at all times. Your attitude and commitment throughout the tour never slackened, I salute you!
I accomplished many goals during the short week:
Riding every day for a week, Being around like minded people, Riding and completing 140km in a day!, Seeing the beautiful scenery of Adelaide and enjoying the food and wine, Reinvigorating my love for riding and improving my fitness.
Harry – Australia

Paul & Bridget run a truly professional set-up, my wife & I participated in their Tour down Under, it was superb. Class restaurants organised throughout the week, variety of wineries (with no rush to leave), pro cycle guiding, their local knowledge and organisation of this week was just fabulous.
Bruce – Australia

I had a great week as a solo traveller with the small group at the tour down under, there was great flexibility with hot weather and moving our ride times to early mornings, (which I appreciated) we travelled by vehicle to see the stages, with very nice restaurant lunches organised in the day and we all chose to enjoy a winery in the area with a tasting and platter and fun conversation after seeing the bike race, really great days.
Angela – Australia

Many, many times have we joined Practice Bicycle Tours for the Tour down Under week, you just know it will be a great week, as a melbournite, we don’t have to think about anything, arrive and just enjoy our week away, with the complete knowledge they will adjust, change, alter to make sure you are happy!
John – Australia

‘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 amazing pleasure of great cycling that evolved the proven Practice Bicycle formula of one location.  Including everything enjoyable and removing anything less pleasurable is our goal for your perfect cycling holiday experience.

Packing and Unpacking each day is tiring, stressful and time consuming. With insufficient time to relax, enjoy the full experience of your destination before it is time to move on again.
With a life spent discovering the very best cycling destinations to Practice Bicycle, exploring endless ride routes in every direction, all from the one ideal 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.
Depending on availability and size we have several brands available including BMC Disc, Merida Rim Brake and Trek carbon road bikes.

BMC Six Carbon Road Bike Disc Brake Shimano 105 50x34 11-32          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:

  • 4 or 5 nights 5* or 4* hotel 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 the final 4 stages of the Santos Tour Down Under from a variety of ideal locations at our ‘unique live viewing spots’
  • 4 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, on the go mechanical assistance, sports drinks & nutritional bars for all bike rides
  • Coffee / Restaurant lunch stops facilitated on route each day.
  • Welcome aperitif & Australian contemporary restaurant dinner.
  • Final stage celebration Aussie pub restaurant lunch.
  • Adelaide Airport pick-up/drop-off & hotel transfer (tour arrival & 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
  • Visit the South Australia townships of Willunga, Stirling & German township of Hahndorf, also the Fleurieu Peninsula & Port Elliot.
  • Start your cycling year in January with magical riding the most memorable roads in Australia
  • Taste Aussie Wine, some of the best in the world in the 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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