Adelaide and regional South Australia
Some of the world’s best professional cyclists compete in the Tour Down Under every January. It’s the first event of the year in the globe-trotting Union Cycliste Internationale's (UCI) ProTour, with six days of cycling and entertainment across Adelaide and South Australia. Catch the cyclists racing through the Adelaide Hills or along the picturesque country lanes of the Barossa Valley or Fleurieu Peninsula. Thousands of spectators turn out for the final race through the streets of Adelaide. Visit the Tour Village and Bike Expo and rub shoulders with the riders and teams as they compete for the coveted leader’s jersey.
More than a bike race, the Tour Down Under is a festival of cycling, with a range of associated events and festivals that create a fantastic party atmosphere across South Australia. With the January summer holiday season in full swing, the whole of the state gets involved. The main race starts and finishes with exciting Adelaide city street circuits, with different stages of the race held throughout regional South Australia.
While there is plenty of action for spectators, amateur cyclists can also get involved and ride part of the World Tour race route.
The Tour Down Under was first held in 1999 and has grown to become the biggest cycling event in the southern hemisphere. It joined the prestigious UCI World Tour in 2008 - the first event to be included outside cycling's traditional European home. It is now the first stop on the world cycling calendar, kicking off the cycling year.
Some of the best riders in road cycling have competed in the Tour Down Under over the past fifteen years. Tour de France winners Oscar Pereiro, Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre have all raced in Adelaide, alongside Aussie legends Stuart O’Grady, Robbie McEwen, Cadel Evans and Allan Davis.