You don’t need to be a professional cyclist or a MAMIL (Middle-Aged Man In Lycra) to appreciate a cycle race. And whilst races like Giro d’Italia or Tour de France attract the big crowds, small races like Tour Down Under can be just as exciting to watch.
The Tour Down Under is the first stop for the world’s best cycling teams and riders, and is the opening event of the UCI WorldTour.
This 11-day event brings UCI WorldTour professional cycling teams to race on the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia every January. Just a 3 hour flight from Perth – it was easy to knock this one off my bucket list.
Tour Down Under shows just how good Australian summer riding can be and why it is a must-see event for every cycling enthusiast around the world.
Not just a bike race, the Tour Down Under has loads of events, mass-participation rides for kids and adults, competitions, street parties and live music combining to create a massive party atmosphere across South Australia.
The race typically starts and concludes with exciting Adelaide city street circuits, with stages 1-5 being held in regional South Australia.
For avid cyclists, bring your bike and cycle the same route as the professionals. For those of you like me who aren’t as fit, I recommend hiring a car and following the tour around, exploring the wineries, restaurants and small bars South Australia has to offer.