Warm welcome for Santos Women’s Tour riders

07 January 2017

Training routes and coffee stops will be shared with Santos Women’s Tour riders through a new program designed to help the elite athletes feel at home in Adelaide.

Local ambassadors will be assigned to each of the 10 international teams competing in next month’s event, with directions, bike repairers, supermarket locations and tourism attractions also set to be passed on.

Santos Women’s Tour event director Kimberley Conte said the ambassadors would come from city cycling club the Skinny Lattes, which was established in 2003 and today has 80 members.

“Many of the men competing in the Santos Tour Down Under are regular visitors to Adelaide, but the women are still getting to know our beautiful city,” she said.

“Ambassadors will meet each international team competing in the Santos Women’s Tour at Adelaide Airport and ensure they know the best places to train, great refueling stops and local highlights.”

Race routes for the Santos Women’s Tour were released earlier this month, with teams from Germany, the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, The Netherlands and New Zealand among those competing. Five national teams will also take part.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the Santos Women’s Tour was growing each year.

“The event secured UCI 2.2 status in 2016, a move that means we’ll continue to welcome top international riders alongside our best Australian athletes,” he said.

“The South Australian Government is proud support women’s sporting events like the Santos Women’s Tour, International Netball Quad Series, Twenty20 cricket at Adelaide Oval and the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open Golf.”

Ms Conte said the Santos Women’s Tour ambassadors would check in daily with their assigned team.
“We’re expecting this program to help build pride and give our visitors a greater understanding of South Australia’s culture, community and environment,” she said.

“Anyone who’s travelled overseas knows how welcome local knowledge is, and this way we can offer practical help and give our visitors the chance to really experience the state.”

Skinny Lattes secretary, public officer and founding member Belinda Bramley will be among the 10 ambassadors and said she looked forward to supporting the riders.

“I think having a go-to person is really key to being comfortable in the city,” she said. “We’ve done all the groundwork; we know the good places to ride, go and eat.

“Adelaide offers so much, and this is a chance to filter that in a small amount of time. These women are extremely fit, so being able to maintain their training regime somewhere else is really important.”

The Santos Women’s Tour will be held from 14-17 January and features two city criteriums, along with stages in the Barossa and Adelaide Hills.

Visit tourdownunder.com.au for more on the event.

Further information: Michele D’Aloia on 0417 837 896 or michele.d’aloia@sa.gov.au

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