Santos Women’s Tour race routes set for global challenge

01 December 2016

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

A challenging race route across four stages has been set to test the best women in cycling who will be travelling from all corners of the globe to compete in the 2017 Santos Women’s Tour.

Ten international teams from countries including Germany, the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, The Netherlands and New Zealand, along with five national teams, will contest the elite race.

Fans can again look forward to two criteriums in the heart of Adelaide and two regional stages featuring a gruelling mix of sprints and climbs in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa.

Background
The Santos Women’s Tour returned bigger and better in 2016 as a race with international status granted by world cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale.

The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events. This is in addition to the $6 million invested specifically in the TDU.

This year’s race attracted a record number of spectators, with 795,000 people lining the streets in Adelaide and the regions, generating a record-breaking $49.6 million into the State’s visitor economy. 

The 2017 Santos Women’s Tour will be held from 14 - 17 January. www.tourdownunder.com.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
Women’s sport is vitally important to the South Australian Government. In this year’s Budget we pledged an extra $10 million for women’s change rooms at sporting venues as well as extra money to grow the Santos Women’s Tour.

As well as the Santos Women's Tour Down Under, we have a growing list of incredible events including the Women’s T20 Cricket, the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Golf Open and the International Netball Quad Series.

There has been a huge amount of interest in the Santos Women’s Tour since it started. We have worked hard to elevate it to be part of the UCI International Calendar as a 2.2 class race. We want to grow the women’s race to be as big as the men’s TDU.

For 2017, Race Director Kimberley Conte has once again developed a challenging race building on her experience at more than 35 UCI stage races in various roles across Australia, Canada and the United States.

Quotes attributable to Kimberley Conte, Race Director, Santos Tour Down Under
I am thrilled to be returning as Race Director for the Santos Women’s Tour for the second year and am excited by the growth of this event. South Australia will be welcoming 10 international teams to compete along with our best national teams to traverse the Adelaide Hills and Barossa regions.

The teams confirmed to date show the great support and global reputation the race is building internationally.

2017 Santos Women’s Tour Race Route Summary

Saturday 14 January 2017
Stage1: Hahndorf to Meadows 106.5 km

Sunday 15 January 2017
Stage 2: People’s Choice Classic Circuit 32.3 km

Monday 16 January 2017
Stage 3: Tanunda to Lyndoch 92.4 km

Tuesday 17 January 2017
Stage 4: Victoria Park Criterium 1 hour plus 2 laps 1.2 km circuit

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