All eyes will be on Mount Barker and Rostrevor today as they host the Hahn Super Dry Stage 2 of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under.
Yesterday’s successful opening stage attracted an estimated crowd of 106,000 people, with today’s racing set to again attract a large number of fans.
For the first time in race history the peloton will start in the Adelaide Hills hub of Mount Barker before commencing the 116.5km stage through to suburban Adelaide.
The second stage will also see riders tackle the new ŠKODA King of the Mountain climb on Corkscrew Hill.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the Hahn Super Dry Stage 2 of the Tour would bring thousands of tourists and cycling fans to the Adelaide Hills.
“This stage will give great exposure to many Adelaide Hills towns, with the spotlight on Mount Barker for the first time,” Minister Bignell said.
“There will be plenty of community activities and entertainment along the race route throughout the day, and visitors can also enjoy the Unley Gourmet Gala in the evening which will continue to showcase South Australia’s premium food and wine.
“The final round of the Santos Women’s Cup on King William Road also promises to deliver thrilling action for fans.”
A new initiative, World Detours Down Under, was introduced for the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under and encourages visitors to plan their time around the race.
Detours highlights around Hahn Super Dry Stage 2 include some of South Australia’s premium food and wine experiences such as Shaw & Smith Winery in Balhannah and Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf, along with the Echunga Golf Club and Morialta Conservation Park at Rostrevor.
L'Oréal Men Expert Stage 1
Winner: Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol Team)
Spectators: 106, 000
Santos Best Dressed Town: Prospect
Santos Ochre Jersey Leader: Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol Team)
TODAY’S RACING ACTION
2013 Santos Tour Down Under Hahn Super Dry Stage 2
Route: Mount Barker to Rostrevor
Finish: 1:59pm approx
- Jayco Sprint Locations: Adelaide Road, Echunga, near the Echunga Institute, and Onkaparinga Valley Road, Oakbank, near the hotel.
- ŠKODA King of the Mountain: Corkscrew Road near Montacute Road, Montacute.
- Powerade Hydration Station: River Road, Hahndorf, near freeway overpass.
TODAY’S SANTOS FESTIVAL OF CYCLING ACTIVITY
Adelaide Hills Alfresco Street Party
Enjoy entertainment from ‘Halfway to Forth’ from noon and meals all day starting with breakfast at 7:30am, at the Haus Cafe, Main Street, Hahndorf.
Community Celebration for Stage Two Start (8:00am)
Mount Barker will celebrate hosting the start of Stage Two with a free sausage sizzle, entertainment by Rebound & Mount Barker Caledonian Society, activities, face painting and giveaways, on Gawler Street. Signs will direct you to designated parking areas.
St Andrews Church Mt Barker fundraiser (8:00am)
St Andrews Church, on Hutchinson Street, is hosting a catering stall with a cooked breakfast, morning tea, snacks and drinks.
Bluestone community bike ride to the Santos Tour Down Under start (8:30am)
Enjoy a free brunch at the Bluestone Neighbourhood Centre carpark before getting on your bike at 9:30am and riding to the Santos Tour Down Under startline in Hutchinson Street, Mount Barker.
Meadows Community Celebration (9:00am)
Base yourself at Battunga Park, corner of Mawson and Battunga roads, and take part in a number of activities, include a petanque match. Kids can bring their bikes and ride around the oval. Meanwhile there will be a bike ride along Kondoparinga Road for the adults. There will also be a barbecue breakfast to enjoy.
Littlehampton Community Celebration (11:00am)
Enjoy a free sausage sizzle, entertainment and activities from the route side vantage point of Willow Park, Old Princes Highway. Riders are expected to pass at approximately 12:21pm.
Hahndorf Community Celebration (11:00am)
While you wait for the riders to come past at approximately 12:11pm and again at 12:42pm enjoy a sausage sizzle, Hahndorf Town Band entertainment, children’s activities, promotions and decorated bike displays, on the corner of Main Street and Balhannah Road.
Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail Market Piazza (noon – 4:00pm)
Taste the flavours of Cambelltown by visiting one of the 17 businesses set up in the market piazza. All businesses will be selling authentically made food and drink, or products which reflect the history of the area. Between 12 noon and 1:30pm enjoy the local foods while being entertained by street entertainers along Montacute Road, and the Campbelltown Band who will be marching between Forest Avenue and the finish line.
Adelaide City Council Bike Expo (12:30pm – 7:00pm)
Head to the bike expo in Victoria Square, to watch the race live on the on the big screen and check out the latest cycling gear at one of the many exhibitors onsite.
Cycling South Australia: Santos Women’s Cup, junior & senior graded criteriums and Bowden Elite Team Series Criterium (3:30pm – 7:30pm)
Cycling Australia members can compete in Junior and Graded Criteriums at King William Road, Hyde Park. See Australia’s best female road riders battle it out for an overall win in the Santos Women’s Cup before the men take to the road for final Round of the 2012/13 Bowden Elite Team Series criterium.
Unley Gourmet Gala (4:00pm – 10:00pm)
King William Road will come alive with local and South Australian gourmet food and wine - a festival that showcases all that Unley and South Australia has to offer. There will be cooking demonstrations and plenty of bike focused activities and workshops to get involved with.
Adelaide City Council Tour Village (4:00pm – 7:00pm)
Victoria Square will be transformed into a cycling hub during the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under. Head to the Tour Village to catch up on the day’s racing, see interviews with cycling stars and maybe even get an autograph! Enjoy the daily entertainment program, showcasing cycling, watch the team mechanics at work and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere with a bite to eat or a drink with friends. Also, don’t miss out on all your official Santos Tour Down Under merchandise, available in the Tour Village.
TODAY’S TELEVISION COVERAGE
Catch the action LIVE on GEM from 12.00pm and tune into Channel 9 Adelaide at 9.30pm for all of the day’s highlights.
The race will also be streamed live on ninemsn.com.au in line with the telecast times.
The Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 20-27 January 2013.