Celebrations for the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under begin tomorrow, kick-starting a massive week of cycling in South Australia.
Team presentations and a free concert by ARIA award-winners Birds of Tokyo will take place Saturday night at the Adelaide City Council Tour Village in Victoria Square.
The Santos Women’s Tour also begins tomorrow, with Stage 1 seeing the riders racing between Hahndorf and Meadows.
The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to market South Australian nationally and internationally and attract major events. This is in addition to the $6 million invested specifically to make the Santos Tour Down Under bigger and better.
The 2017 Santos Tour Down Under is on until 22 January, while the Santos Women’s Tour finishes on 17 January.
For further event information visit tourdownunder.com.au
Quotes attributable to Acting Tourism Minister Susan Close
The Santos Tour Down Under will take place during the next nine days and what better way to start the event than the traditional team presentations and a performance by Birds of Tokyo.
Saturday night is a great opportunity for cycling fans of all ages to get down to the Tour Village and catch a glimpse of all 19 men’s teams – including Peter Sagan and Esteban Chaves – and the 17 women’s teams.
Stage 1 of the Santos Women’s Tour will take in the sights of the Adelaide Hills, and is a fantastic opportunity for spectators not only to see the region but to also cheer on international cyclists along the way.
This year’s event has so much to offer cycling fans and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country and the world to our state for this iconic event.
The 2016 Santos Tour Down Under generated more than $49 million for the visitor economy as more than 790,000 spectators lined the streets of South Australia to watch the race. In 2017 we hope to exceed this.
SATURDAY’S RACING ACTION
Santos Women’s Tour Stage 1
Adelaide Hills: -Through Hahndorf and Echunga to towns including Strathalbyn, Ashbourne and Meadows.
SATURDAY’S SANTOS FESTIVAL OF CYCLING ACTION
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 tourdownunder.com.au for the full calendar of events.