Early bird registrations close today for 2016 Bupa Challenge

31 July 2015

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

Early bird registrations close today for recreational cyclists in next year’s Bupa Challenge Tour - as part of at the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the Bupa Challenge Tour gives cyclists the opportunity to ride the same roads just hours before the professionals and experience the rush of participating in a world class cycling event.

“More than 6000 cyclists participated in the event this year, with 1865 people travelling from interstate and 81 from overseas,” Mr Bignell said.

“Riders travel along some of South Australia’s most picturesque country highlighting our coasts, vineyards and stunning landscapes.”

There will be four different starts in next year’s event and cyclists have the option to choose to ride the full distance of 142.4km or a shorter challenge with three other starts: Echunga (100km), Strathalbyn (70km) or Goolwa (36km).

Bupa Australia’s Marketing Director John Moore said the event was a fantastic way for the community to get involved in one of the most iconic cycling events of the year.

“The Bupa Challenge Tour continues to go from strength to strength, providing people with the opportunity to experience the significant health and social benefits of cycling,” Mr Moore said.
Participants are encouraged to support the event’s official charity, Cancer Council SA.

Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size said the charity was proud to continue its strong relationship with the TDU.

“By riding and raising funds for Cancer Council SA, the community is funding critical cancer research, providing support and delivering prevention programs that make a significant difference in the lives of the 25 South Australians diagnosed with cancer every day.”

Early bird registrations close today, while regular registrations will open from August 1 to January 13, 2016.

Riders who register today go into the draw to win the ultimate Santos Tour Down Under weekend VIP experience. www.tourdownunder.com.au


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