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Challenge Tour travels from coast to cattle on Saturday of 2019 TDU

TDU Challenge Tour
The Santos Tour Down Under’s fifth stage next year will host both the UCI WorldTour peloton and amateur cyclists alike as the host stage of the 2019 Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser.

Mr Corey Wingard, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing announced the news today confirming that the 2019 Challenge Tour will be held on Saturday 19 January 2019, taking riders from Glenelg to Strathalbyn via a host of popular towns along the Fleurieu Peninsula.

“Previously, the Challenge Tour has seen recreational cyclists from around Australia and the world converge on our state for their annual participation ride at the TDU on Friday’s stage. That has changed in 2019, giving more local riders and even visitors the opportunity to participate in the Challenge Tour outside of a week day,” said Minister Wingard.

“With start locations at Glenelg (159km), Myponga (102km), Victor Harbor (60km) and Goolwa (35km), there are plenty of opportunities for recreational cyclists of all abilities to ride part – or all – of the same stage as the professionals.”

Race Director, Mike Turtur has designed a challenging Stage 5 of the Santos Tour Down Under not only for the pros but also for the thousands of cycling enthusiasts expected to register in the 2019 Challenge Tour.

“Travelling by the Southern Expressway and Main South Road, the stage climbs Sellicks Hill for Subaru King of the Mountain points before continuing its ascent to Myponga for the first intermediate sprint,” said Mike Turtur.

“Riders will then travel through a series of hills and valleys through Yankalilla, Inman Valley (second intermediate sprint), the outskirts of Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa and an ascent back towards Strathalbyn. We expect a fast finish.”

For the past 10 years Cancer Council’s Ride for a reason has enabled cyclists taking part in the Challenge Tour to combine their love of cycling with their passion for making a difference to the lives of South Australians impacted by cancer by raising funds.

Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size said that he was excited to be able to give cyclists an opportunity to Ride for a reason again in 2019.

“We’re incredibly proud of Ride for a reason and the difference it’s made to the lives of South Australians impacted by cancer over the past 10 years and are looking forward to another successful campaign in 2019,” he said.

Registrations for the 2019 Challenge Tour are now open and close on 9 January 2019. Teams and individual riders can register now

Challenge Tour Fast Facts
  • For the first time, the Challenge Tour will be held on the Saturday of the TDU on Stage 5.
  • The 2019 Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser is part of the Subaru Breakaway Series and will be staged on Saturday 19 January 2019 from Glenelg to Strathalbyn, allowing cycling enthusiasts to ride the same route as the professionals on the same day.
  • There will be four distances and start location for riders to choose from: Glenelg (159km), Myponga (102km), Victor Harbor (60km) and Goolwa (35km).
  • The Challenge Tour was first held in 2003, then known as the Breakaway Series with just 620 participants.
  • Since 2007 there have been 71,623 participants in the Challenge Tour.
  • For the first time in the history of the Challenge Tour, the ride was cancelled in 2018 due to extreme weather (heat).
  • Cancer Council SA has been a partner of the TDU since 2009 with their Ride for a reason campaign.
  • Since 2009 Ride for a reason has raised $4million for Cancer Council.

Notes to Editors:
Santos Tour Down Under (TDU)
From humble beginnings in 1999, the TDU has grown to be one of Australia’s premier sporting events, taking the fastest men and women in the world through some of the most iconic regions of SA. It is more than just a bike race, it is a festival of cycling, with a range of associated events and participation rides that create a massive party atmosphere.

Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser
Amateur and recreational cyclists can participate in the action through the Subaru Breakaway Series, which gives cyclists the chance to ride part of the UCI WorldTour race route the same day as the professionals in the TDU’s official recreational ride, 2019 Challenge Tour.

Cancer Council
Cancer Council is Australia’s leading cancer charity and the official charity partner of the TDU. Every day they support families affected by cancer, speak out on behalf of the community, empower people to reduce their risk, and find new ways to better detect and treat cancer.

Ride for a reason
The money raised through Ride for a reason enables Cancer Council to fund vital prevention, research, advocacy and support programs that save lives.

2019 TDU Race Routes – Men’s and Women’s Reveal
The race routes for the men’s race will be announced in early August 2018 and the race routes for the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will be revealed in late September 2018.

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