2015 Santos Tour Down Under set to be the best ever

17 January 2015

The State Government’s significantly increased investment in the Santos Tour Down Under is set to make the event the biggest and best ever.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the State Government was committed to ensuring the Tour maintains its international reputation as the best UCI WorldTour event outside of Europe, and the biggest event of its type in the southern hemisphere.

“Our extra investment this year, backed by the growing support of the events sponsors, has enable organisers to schedule a range of great new events and activities to support the Tour,” he said.

“The Santos Women’s Tour, which starts today and continues until Tuesday, is a great example of the new events helping to build an electric atmosphere around the Tour Down Under.”

Other new activities and events this year include:

  • Family Day – part of the Bupa Mini Tour for Kids during Stage 6
  • Ladies Day – Wednesday January 21 – includes food and fashion, and a special behind-the-scenes Tour experience
  • Taste the Tour – presented by Thomas Foods – a new food area in the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo
  • Friday Night in the Village – Friday January 23 – great Friday night entertainment in the Village
  • Subaru Tour Tracker – a downloadable app providing up-to-date information about the race and Tour events.

The 2015 Santos Tour Down Under gets underway tonight with the traditional pre-race Teams Presentation in Victoria Square, featuring the international voices of cycling Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin, followed by a free concert by ARIA award-winning group Sheppard.

The Minister said tonight’s Team Presentation was a crowd favourite.

“There’s always a big crowd at the Team Presentation, because it gives the public a chance to see their favourite cyclists before the racing kicks off tomorrow,” he said.

“For many fans it will also be the last chance to see Australia’s only Tour de France champion Cadel Evans before he retires, so we’re expecting an even bigger crowd than usual for today’s team presentation event.”

All 19 teams will be introduced individually, followed by live interviews on stage.

The Team Presentation and concert will be held at the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo, which opens to the public in Victoria Square at 3.00 pm today and marks the beginning of the week-long Santos Festival of Cycling.

The Minister said the Festival was an ideal support act for the Tour.

“It enables the public to get involved, and it helps to build a great atmosphere in the city at this time of the year,” he said.

“I encourage everyone to come down to Victoria Square this afternoon for the Team Presentation and then enjoy the free concert.”

Sheppard is best known for the hit songs ‘Let Me Down Easy’ and ‘Geronimo’, which topped the Australian and international music charts. Last year the band featured on US chat show Ellen, completed tours of Europe and the USA, and won its first ARIA award for Best New Group.

The 2015 Santos Tour Down Under starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday, January 25.

Today’s team presentation starts at 6.00pm and will be followed by the concert at 7.30pm.

TODAY’S RACING ACTION

Santos Women’s Tour – Stage 1: Jayco Road Race
11.00 am – 12.41 pm
Woodside to Murray Bridge
The inaugural Santos Women’s Tour will see Australia’s top female cyclists battle for victory as part of Cycling Australia’s Subaru National Road Series.

TODAY’S FESTIVAL OF CYCLING ACTIVITY

Santos Festival of Cycling
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 and Bike Expo 3.00 pm – 9.00 pm
(The Tour Village Closes at 6pm to allow riders to prepare for the team presentation)
The Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo can be found in the re-developed Victoria Square.

In 2015 it will be bigger and better than ever, so make sure you're there to enjoy the atmosphere and check out the latest cycling gear.

 

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