2016 Santos Tour Down Under celebrations start today

16 January 2016

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

There are more opportunities to participate in the Santos Tour Down Under’s Festival of Cycling than ever before bringing the UCI WorldTour event even closer to the public in 2016.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the Tour was the largest cycling event of its type in the southern hemisphere.

“The 2016 Santos Tour Down Under will kick off tonight with the traditional pre-race Team Presentation in Victoria Square, featuring the international voices of cycling Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, followed by a free concert from ARIA award-winner Jessica Mauboy,” he said.

“The Team Presentation always attracts a huge crowd and will be the first time the 20 competing men’s teams will be presented to the public as well as the 17 teams in the Santos Women’s Tour.

“The Tour Village really lifts the atmosphere of the city centre in January and is a one-stop-shop for anyone who has an interest in, or questions about cycling and the event.

“The Santos Tour Down Under is well established in promoting South Australia to visitors and fans watching worldwide, while also encouraging recreational cycling among fans.

“The State Government is very proud to own and manage this iconic event, which heralds the start of the UCI WorldTour, and to see even more people embrace it in its 18th year.

“Last year’s Santos Tour Down Under attracted 37,000 visitors to the state over the nine-day festival and injected almost $48 million into the South Australian economy.

“It is a fantastic asset and an exciting event which continues to grow through support from the public, sponsors, councils, media and the cycling industry.

“In 2016 the Santos Tour Down Under offers a number of new participation events sure to appeal to everyone from high-level amateur cyclists to families and children.

“The inaugural Norton Summit Time Trial will be staged on Monday and gives ambitious riders the chance to experience and compete in a challenging individual time trial.

“Meanwhile, tomorrow’s Bupa Family Ride will see parents, children and friends riding the People’s Choice Classic city circuit before the professionals take to the track later in the day.”

TODAY’S RACING ACTION
Santos Women’s Tour – Stage 1
Route: Mt Torrens circuit
Start: 11am
Finish: 1.30pm ETA
Distance: 95km
HIGHLIGHTS
King of the Mountain: Burford’s Hill Road, Kenton Valley
Sprints: Main Street, Mount Torrens x 2

TODAY’S SANTOS FESTIVAL OF CYCLING ACTIVITY
Sample South Australia’s renowned food and wine, attend street parties and get to know the locals at one of the many community activities. Visit www.tourdownunder.com.au for the full calendar of events.

Adelaide City Council Tour Village
Victoria Square, Adelaide
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Tour Village is the heart and soul of the Santos Tour Down Under. It's a gathering spot for cycling fans, an after-work meeting place and a venue to catch up on the day's racing. Watch interviews with cycling stars, grab an autograph and pick up your official event merchandise. Enjoy a daily entertainment program with music and all things cycling, watch the team mechanics at work, relive the action of the day’s racing on the big screens, test ride the newest-model bikes, check out the latest cycling gear, get inspired and equip yourself like the pros at the largest Bike Expo in Australia. Free entry!

Team Presentation and Free Concert

Adelaide City Council Tour Village 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Get the best seat in the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and meet the stars of the peloton as they are presented for the first time to the public in 2016. International voices of cycling Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen will be there to interview all the crowd favourites. After the cycling stars come the music stars, and Australia's own Jessica Mauboy is sure to get the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under off to an exhilarating start with a free concert.

Love Velo Seaside Port Willunga Beach 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Guests will enjoy a three course regional produce menu while dining alongside the beautiful soft white sands of Port Willunga Beach. This is sure to be one truly magical dining experience.

Visit www.tourdownunder.com.au for more event details and the full Santos Festival of Cycling calendar.

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