Off and racing on Hostworks Stage 1 from Prospect to Lyndoch

19 January 2016

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

After a year of waiting, the world’s best cyclists will once again hit the streets of Adelaide in the biggest bike race outside of Europe.

The 2016 Santos Tour Down Under will officially get underway today as the peloton races from Prospect to Lyndoch to set the pace for six days of exhilarating competition.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said Hostworks Stage 1 starts at Propsect at 11am this morning and riders will pass through Walkley Heights, Tea Tree Gully, Inglewood, Chain of Ponds and Kersbrook before looping through Williamstown, Cocktatoo Valley and Lyndoch four times.

“Last year Stage 1 of the race followed just days after the devastating Adelaide Hills bushfire and it was moving to see the public support the region through attendance,” he said.

“Our return to the Barossa, will allow fans to witness the resilience of our regions and the regeneration that has occurred throughout the Hills over the last year.

“The circuit in the Barossa, which will see the riders travel a 27km loop three times, will provide a great opportunity for fans to position themselves in one of our most beautiful and famous regions, enjoy the local fare and see plenty of action.

“Riders are also excited to take in their first real taste of the South Australian landscape under competition conditions and to show the field what they’re made of.

“It will be exciting to see local champion and 2015 Santos Tour Down Under winner Rohan Dennis from BMC Racing Team back on South Australian streets.

“Last year was a great success for Rohan as he set a new record average speed for an individual time trial at the Tour de France and he will be happy to show the home crowd his growth over the past 12 months.

“Another 2015 winner, the Santos Tour Down Under Best Dressed Town of Williamstown, is also eager to secure back-to-back titles.

“The entire town contributed to the decoration and atmosphere of celebration, no doubt they will surpass that this year to show support for the riders during their four passes through town.

“The race route includes the Subaru King of the Mountain on North East Road at Lower Hermitage and two iiNet sprints on Williamstown Road at Cockatoo Valley.”

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Santos Women’s Tour – Stage 3
Lyndoch
Winner – Lizzie Williams ORICA-AIS
General Classification – Katrin Garfoot ORICA-AIS

TODAY’S RACING ACTION

Hostworks Stage 1
Route: Prospect to Lyndoch
Start: 11 am
Finish: 2.34 pm ETA
Distance: 130.8km

HIGHLIGHTS

Subaru King of the Mountain: North East Road, Lower Hermitage (near Fosters Road)

iiNet Sprint locations: Williamstown Road, Cocktaoo Valley (near general store) x 2 sprints

Powerade Hydration Station: Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch (at finish arch)

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
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free Entry!

Unley Gourmet Gala
King William Road, Hyde Park
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Adelaide foodies, wine lovers, fashionistas and cycling enthusiasts will flock to King William Road for the annual Unley Gourmet Gala. One of Adelaide’s most prestigious events, the Unley Gourmet Gala is an exciting outdoor gourmet experience showcasing some of South Australia’s finest food, wine, fashion, music and entertainment.

Forest to Vines
Williamstown, Lyndoch & Cockatoo Valley
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hostworks Stage 1 features three laps of the Southern Barossa. Discover great spectator vantage points in the townships of Williamstown, Lyndoch and Cockatoo Valley with a photo finish in Lyndoch. Lyndoch will come alive with the Southern Barossa Gourmet Village featuring family entertainment, markets and food and drink stalls. Stake your claim on the picturesque Lyndoch Village Green and get set for spectacular cycling action and a carnival atmosphere.

Santos Women's Tour Stage 4
Victoria Park, Adelaide
6:30 pm - 7:40 pm

In a big win for the event, the 2016 Santos Women’s Tour has been granted international status by the world’s governing body. The race is now a UCI 2.2 class event as well as still being part of Cycling Australia’s Subaru National Road Series (NRS) The new classification means NRS teams will still be able to race for points in their own country against more international competitors.

Incorporating four days of racing on the streets of Adelaide and in the regions of South Australia, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the elite women in action.

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

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