South Australia gears up for Santos Festival of Cycling

24 December 2016

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

With just three weeks until the streets of South Australia are in the international spotlight for the Santos Tour Down Under, preparations are underway to welcome thousands of visitors.

In 2017, race routes span across 879 kilometers and we want to ensure fans can enjoy the action from the heart of the city or at any regional vantage point.

In addition to a number of trackside experiences, host councils – from Victor Harbor to the Barossa - are putting on a festive street party every night of the TDU – with food, drinks, big screens and entertainment.

Key highlights at the 2017 Santos Festival of Cycling include:

  • Love Velo Seaside long table dinner, a magical dining experience on Port Willunga Beach, Saturday 14 January 5.00 – 10.30pm.
  • Birds of Tokyo free concert on Saturday 14 January at 8:30 pm headling at the Adelaide City Council Tour Village after the team presentation.
  • Family days, with trackside fun and entertainment, giant board games and cycling inspired activities on Sunday 15 January and Sunday 22 January.
  • The People’s Choice Classic, featuring a free concert with DJ Havana Brown on Sunday 15 January 2017 at 8:45pm.
  • The Brompton Bike Challenge and the Car Park Climb at Rundle Place, providing new ways for fans to be involved in the cycling action.
  • The Unley Gourmet Gala, where fashionistas, food and wine lovers and cycling fans can enjoy entertainment on King William Road, Monday 16 January.
The action packed Santos Tour Down Under will run from 14-22 January 2017. For more information and a full list of program activities visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell

The Santos Tour Down Under is the most prestigious and largest UCI cycling race outside of Europe and it kicks off the Australian cycling season.

We will be delivering another award winning event in 2017 – with free concerts from Birds of Tokyo and DJ Havana Brown, as well as UCI cycling superstars like Peter Sagan and Esteban Chaves hitting the streets.

South Australia was recently crowned Australia’s Best Event State for the second consecutive year at the prestigious Australia Event Awards. At the same event, the TDU received the prestigious title of Australia's Best Sporting Event. This is a true honor and further confirmation of how incredible the TDU is.

The 2016 TDU injected $49 million into the State’s visitor economy, and attracted more than 790,000 spectators. We are doing whatever it takes to make it even bigger and better in 2017.

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