Santos Tour Down Under Package 2015
Boutique small-group package
Monday 19 January, 2015 to Sunday 25 January, 2015
In 2015 we will take a small group to Adelaide for this special event. It will be a boutique package that will allow us to provide an extremely personalised service and give us the opportunity to get our cyclists to all of the best locations to enjoy the racing, cycling and the general atmosphere of this great occasion.
Places are very limited so please book early or register your interest with us so that we can keep you in mind as the tour fills up.
Booking our unique boutique package means that you can be assured of making the most of every minute at the event. Leave the arrangements to us – our experience, local knowledge and logistics will get you to where you need to go, when you need to get there. We provide the best advice on cycle routes, viewing locations and attractions. We even home-bake our muffins for your morning tea.
In 2015 AllTrails have again secured great rooms at the Adelaide Hilton which is also the official host hotel of the UCI cycling teams, their managers and media, with the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo directly opposite. Our cyclists often share the lift with the big names of cycling, or run into them in the lobby or restaurants for some great photo opportunities (see our gallery pics).
Our daily transfers allow you to see race starts, stage finishes, sprints, hydration feed station and King of the Mountain. Some days we will cycle on stage routes and other days we will cycle around Adelaide surrounds before heading out to the pro races as spectators.
Running cycle tours since 1997, we know what cyclists want, so join us at this premium venue to share the spectacle of this great race and be part of the renowned AllTrails service.
NEWS: Tour de France champion Cadel Evans will contest the Santos Tour Down Under for one final time before he retires next year. Cadel has confirmed that he will retire in early 2015 – his final UCI event will be the Santos Tour Down Under – his tenth appearance at the event. Make sure that you are there to line the barriers and ride the stage routes to farewell a great champion.
BONUS: AllTrails Fun Bike Monthly Draw; the earlier you book, the more draws you are entered in.
BONUS: Mates Rates Group Discounts. Group discounts for 3 or more cyclists.
2015 Santos Tour Down Under Package
7 actual ride days.
Optional rest days.
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Santos Tour Down Under with AllTrails Bicycle Tours
Hi, Just a short note to tell you that the crew at AllTrails continues to impress. Thank you so much for [your assistance] at the Tour Down Under. Thank you to Ben and Phil for making us so welcome. It is no wonder that you have so many loyal customers because you really look after everyone. Once again THANK YOU and I look forward to my next trip with AllTrails” Gwyn W (VIC)
“To Phil, Susan and Ben – Last week at the Tour Down Under was fantastic. Your rides were very good especially with us riding the routes (or part thereof on most days) and the racing was the best, especially with an Aussie and Green Edge winning the GC result. See you next time.”Ken (NSW)
“Thank you so much. I had a great time and am still raving” Genevieve (VIC)
AllTrails have designed the week to give you great cycling routes each day to enjoy, see race starts, stage finishes, sprints, hydration feed station and King of the Mountain. Most days we will cycle on stage routes reaching the locations either by bike or our private bus.
If you have any questions in regards to this package call (03 9645 3355) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) our office or use our contact us page. We would love to talk to you about the AllTrails Tour Down Under 2015 package any time.
Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)
For those wanting to be a part of the exciting lead up to the Santos Tour Down Under Race, come a day or two early to settle in and take in the buzz of a city that is alive with pre-tour excitement.
After checking out all the exhibitors in the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo, head to the main stage and see all the 2015 teams presented to the public for the first time. Enjoy the atmosphere and hear from your favourite riders before they hit the road.
Make sure you stick around for the opening night concert after the team presentation. Entry will be FREE!
Accommodation tonight is an optional extra. Book early with us for the Adelaide Hilton.
Santos Tour Down Under Race Route – People’s Choice Down Under Classic, Adelaide (51km)
The city will be alive with activity at the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo at Victoria Square, opposite the Hilton, our booked accommodation, where teams, bikes and mechanics are busy preparing for the first day of racing.
The People’s Choice Classic will begin at 7pm. It is a 51 km circuit race that passes along the city and through its parklands. For those that have chosen the optional extra ‘Club Tour Package’ a special viewing platform with refreshments is available or feel free to move among the crowds for some great race viewing.
Accommodation tonight is an optional extra.
Sunday and Monday are perfect for the non-rider to enjoy the atmosphere and be part of the viewing public at the People’s Choice Classic, Tour Village and Bike Expo.
Today our package officially begins. The pros will be resting up for tomorrow’s official start and the day off gives you a chance to set up your bike and perhaps take it for a leisurely ride down the River Torrens to Henley Beach. Bike mechanical assistance will be available if required throughout your stay with us.
We will set up a registration area in the hotel foyer at 4pm, answering your questions and allowing cyclists a place to assemble their bikes. Our mechanic is there to help you get set up for an exciting week of riding.
At 6pm you will meet your new cycling companions and enthusiasts in the hotel lobby before sitting down for a dinner, all part of the AllTrails package. Here we will provide you with additional tour information so that you can really enjoy your week.
Monday is ideal for everyone, riders and non-riders, to visit the Tour Village and Bike Expo opposite our accommodation at the Hilton or explore Adelaide.
Today’s stage begins in the Barossa Valley, known as Australia’s most famous wine growing region. Home to Penfold Grange vines and 750 grape growing families, some going back 7 generations. However it’s not all wine, it is also an amazing culinary destination and the source of many delicious treats including Maggie Beers award winning farm shop. The Barossa, Spanish for ‘Hill of Roses’, is also a beautiful place to cycle, with stunning scenery and plenty of places to stop for a snack and drink.
After breakfast we load the bikes and drive to Tanunda for the race start. Watch the pros prepare, casually chatting to their team-mates and competitors, television cameras everywhere in this bright, colourful gathering.
See the start and then ride the 32km loop that the riders loop around twice. How far will you get before the peloton catches you? Or you could wait for them to come charging to the second Sprint of the day.
Grab some lunch in Tanunda or ride on through more wine country to Williamstown and have your lunch there as the peloton comes to you for the hydration station. Once the pro riders have passed we will all head to Campbelltown to watch the first stage finish of the 2015 TDU.
Back at the Hilton you only need to cross the road to enter the heart of the event at Australia’s Largest Bike Expo and Tour Village where you can join the crowd to watch the day’s highlights…again.
Dinner is at your own expense tonight, however we will be providing recommendations for great restaurants only a few minutes from our hotel or a little further afield if you feel like exploring Adelaide.
Today you can either stay in Adelaide for a bit of shopping and soak up the festival atmosphere of the city or join us in the bus to see the stars, then enjoy some of the Barossa Valley’s wineries while the cyclists work up an appetite on the bikes. Meet up with the cyclists for lunch before heading to the finish to see all the action of the final stages of the race.
Today is a great example of why the Santos Tour Down Under is world famous for being spectator friendly. The stage leaves just north of our hotel and winds and loops its way through the Adelaide hills before the famous Stirling finish. Then post-race you have the option to ride back down the hill alongside many of the pro teams as they return to our hotel.
In the morning we pack the bikes in the trailer and hop onto the bus to watch some of the start preparations then head out in front of the pro-riders to give you a chance to ride as much of the race route as possible. We will drop you off at your preferred distance or if you wish head out from the start and stay ahead of the riders by only taking a few short cuts which we will provide you maps for and only ride one loop where they do 4 and a half.
Climb the King of the Mountain to Basket Range and race under the Sprint Arc as you make your way towards the finish. The route ends with two and a half 20km loops through the heart of the Adelaide Hills, renowned for its quaint towns, beautiful scenery and, most importantly, spectacular cycling. Today we provide you with a great roadside cafe lunch that gives you the chance to catch the pros 3 times as they race past our tables.
For those not wanting to return by bike our vehicle will be available to transfer you and your bike back to the Hilton Hotel.
Join the cyclists as we visit the start then drive the route as we drop them off at their requested distances. We then drive up to Mylor to catch more of the race action from our trackside lunch spot. Return in the bus with our cyclists not wanting to ride back to the Hilton Hotel.
Tonight you can check out the many great places to eat in downtown Adelaide.
Last year Cadel Evans won this stage and with a KOM finish in 2015 it is sure to be another exiting race. Today is a great opportunity to ride out from our hotel and spend the day on the bike if you wish, watching some great race action including the finish. Ride as much or as little as you like. The famous AllTrails support will be there to make sure you get the most out of your day, whether that is riding the entire 143km route or only a few kilometres between coffees as you watch the pros at their best.
An ideal itinerary would be to ride the few kilometres out to Adelaide’s oldest suburb, Norwood, for the race preparations, then ride the race route ahead of the peloton while watching the crowds gather roadside. Make it to Lobethal before the race riders catch up, either by riding the whole route or take a shortcut and you will have a chance to watch the pros 3 times as they complete the 25km loop. Check out the Hydration station and at least one sprint before riding on to the King of the Mountain, which is only 500 metres before the finish.
We will take you to the race start where you can enjoy a coffee for which Norwood has a great reputation and watch the pro riders as they prepare for another day’s racing. Then we will drive ahead of the cyclists giving you numerous opportunities to see some great race action. Return in the bus with our cyclists not wanting to ride back to the Hilton Hotel.
Bupa Challenge: 151.7km, 118.7km, 77.5km, 27km.
A good breakfast will get you primed for the big day. It’s your choice to start at Glenelg to ride the entire stage distance of (151.7km), or start at Willunga in the Adelaide Hills (118.7km) or Mt Compass (77.5km) or Macclesfield (27km).
We will take you and your bike to the start of each category. Then you are in the hands of the organisers as due to road closures we will have to travel the long route to Mount Barker. The course covers half the length of the Fleurieu Peninsula then turns back up through the Mount Lofty Ranges and finishes east of Adelaide. It is an undulating ride with a few big climbs, but there will be lots of people cheering you along. Finish before the pro riders arrive and unwind with a great choice of food, drinks and friends, all sharing their own stories about their own big ride day.
For those cyclists not wanting to take part in the Bupa Challenge, we will transfer you and your bike to Mount Barker where you may enjoy the day cycling around your chosen route – perhaps explore Hahndorf, a historic German settlement not far away.
Tonight we celebrate your achievement with an AllTrails hosted group dinner close to our hotel.
Today is the community ride. You may join us in the bus dropping riders off, then we’ll drop in to a winery or two and explore Hahndorf where we will have lunch and taste some other local delicacies. We then drive to the finish at Mount Barker where we will explore the area by bus, then see the exuberant riders come in before the pros.
After breakfast we pack the bikes up for a drive out to the Stage 5. Once the pros have left the starting line you have the opportunity to ride the 40km circuit through the vineyards of McLaren Vale and along the esplanade with beautiful cliff top views of the Great Southern Ocean (or shorter distance if requested). There is plenty of time to take in the sights and be amongst the race action as the pros race around the circuit three times before the stage route leads up the gruellingly steep Willunga Hill where they will be fighting it out for the King of the Mountain points and the stage finish.
For the last few years the crowds of this hill where compared with those on the Giro and the Tour de France and things are only getting bigger and better each year as people come from around the globe to see the elite riders of the world split from the peloton as they tackle this famous hill. We recommend you ride the hill and have the enthusiasm of the crowd carry you up to your chosen viewing point. It is always an amazing day and often the race decider.
Bus back to Adelaide then it’s the night of all nights – The Legends Dinner and Dance! A great night and a highly recommended optional extra where the stars mix it with the public, maybe a photo or two for your mantle.
McLaren Vale is always interesting and a great place to visit. Come with us in the bus, then wander around seeing the town and taste the famous local wines. Then join us as we meet our riders at the top of the Willunga Hill for what is often the tour’s most dramatic finish!
Today you can sleep in and take it easy or join us for a 30km ride (or shorter distance if requested) along the beach road before returning for breakfast. Visit Race Headquarters as we settle in for our final day lunch at Victoria Square with its big screens giving you a view of every second of the live racing as well as watching the riders come past on each of the 20 laps of the final race circuit. Club Tour participants will have their own private viewing area available to them. The atmosphere is electric on the last stage of the tour as crowds gather and cheer on our cycling heroes for the final sprint finish.
Then it is time to farewell your new-found friends and reflect on the days of cycling, race action and fond memories – what a week of wonder.
The last day is very friendly for non-riders and riders. Watch the race with us or set your own pace. Whatever you do, Adelaide and your hotel are as one – it’s all there to enjoy and savour the memories.
Let us take you to the airport or stay at the hotel for another night (optional extra). Thanks for sharing the good times with AllTrails.
Come on Aussie, come on!
|7 day tour package. TWIN SHARE PRICE
Due to the small number of participants in this tour we cannot automatically match twin share single travellers together however register your interest with us and we will try to do so.
|7 day tour package SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)||
Pre and Post Tour accom. Our official 6-night tour includes accom on Mon 19 Jan to Sat 24 Jan inclusive. For those wanting to arrive early or stay on afterwards, we have access to a limited number of rooms on Sat 17, Sun 18 and Sun 25 Jan. The cost per night is $195pp (twin share), or $370 (own room). This can be reserved at the time of your booking.
Change Fees. Please make your decisions in regards to pre and post tour accommodation carefully and as early as possible. All accommodation is subject to availability and a fee of $50 applies for each change or cancellation to pre and post accommodation made between 120-60 days prior to the event. Changes within 60 days are non-refundable.
Santos Tour Down Under Optional Extras. There are a number of optional extras that are arranged by the event team that you can purchase through us. Click here for the product information PDF.
AllTrails Recommends: Bupa Challenge Tour: Fri 23 Jan. Join thousands of recreational cyclists riding the same route as the professionals. Here is your opportunity in 2014 to test your endurance and commitment as you ride through some of South Australia’s beautiful scenery to achieve the ultimate satisfaction of riding under the Santos Tour Down Under finish arch. Entry includes Bupa Challenge Tour 2015 jersey, support & lunch. Distances & pricing below. Click here for the Scody jersey size chart.
Bupa Challenge Tour Bike Ride – Fri 23 Jan:
151.7km option $145pp AUD
118.7km option $145pp AUD
77.5km option $120pp AUD
27km option $100pp AUD
AllTrails Recommends: Legends’ Night Dinner: Sat 24 Jan. The Santos Tour Down Under rolls out the red carpet and gives cycling fans the chance to glam up, celebrate and see cycling champions honoured. The Legends’ Night Dinner has become a cycling social institution, honouring the world’s cycling greats. $250
Club Tour Options: Club Tour is the ticket for anyone who is serious about cycling. Immerse yourself in the best VIP hospitality package the Santos Tour Down Under has to offer and AllTrails can help facilitate your participation in any of them. Please feel free to give us a call at AllTrails to discuss which Club Tour will suit you best. Click here for the product information PDF.
AllTrails t-shirt, $10. Good quality tee subsidised significantly by AllTrails.
AllTrails jersey. ALLTRAILS BONUS: All entrants get a free famous Orange AllTrails cycling jersey.
All extras can be reserved at the time of your booking.
Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.
Our support bus is there to support the tour and also pick up riders who need to jump in for any reason. The bus is also sometimes used for part-time riders who only ride certain sections of each day – these are often partners of someone else on the ride. This vehicle can be quite popular on some days – especially long days or days with big hills! There is no shame in riding in this bus so if you are considering a tour and are ‘in the ball-park’ in terms of your fitness and preparedness, but not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest days, just go for it – our vehicle and staff will be there to help out. It’s better to give it a try than to miss out all together. If you feel that you are extremely far off the fitness level required and cannot commit to enough training that will get you fit in time then you may be better off booking a later ride or a different type of tour – just give us a call or email to discuss.
Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility
IMPORTANT: Travel Insurance – even for trips within Australia
- When you consider the cost of cancelling your tour if something goes wrong before or during your travel, insurance is good protection.
- Domestic travel insurance is usually considerably cheaper than international.
- Purchase your travel insurance as soon as you have booked your tour and your travel – don’t wait until just before you go.
- Some credit card travel insurances do not apply to domestic Australian travel – check with your provider.
- There are lots of travel insurance providers – cyclists should do their own research to ensure they are covered adequately.
- Here are two options as an example:
- International travellers should always have a comprehensive travel insurance.
IMPORTANT: Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical:
Cyclist Insurance is different to Travel Insurance and is often included as part of cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland or can be bought separately. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you should be prepared for the worst. If you have an accident in training for the tour or on the tour itself cyclist insurance can help with medical, income protection and third party coverage. Check out the benefits here:
A staff member with good bike mechanical knowledge will be part of our crew and will have a stand pump for different valves. The mechanic will often be able to help you with a safety check, general tips and advice about your bike and its upkeep, as well as fixing mechanical problems. We will have limited parts available for replacement which will be charged at shop prices. Labour is free for the first fifteen minutes, there after costs may be incurred at the mechanic’s discretion. Cyclists with rare or different bikes are asked to contact us at AllTrails as parts can often be very difficult to obtain.
If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.
We realise that often our riders want to spend their holidays with loved ones who may not be a keen cyclist as they are – we are happy to accommodate non-riding partners and part-timers who only want to ride part of each day, or only certain days. We will generally try to allocate pickup points along the route every day. The entry price will be the same for part-time riders and usually non-riders as well depending on their tour plan.
We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have trained First Aiders as crew, comprehensive First-Aid Kits, a list of hospitals in the areas that we travel through, as well as mobile phones and a satellite phone for emergency calls when we are out of cellular range. Safety discussions are held throughout the tour as part of the daily briefings.
We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.
Bring your friends and save some money! Many of our tours have group discounts for 3 or more entrants. Check out the ‘pricing’ tab on each ride page to see if group discounts apply to that tour. This generally excludes any optional extras such pre and post tour accom, cycling jersey, t-shirt etc. Contact our office for more details and information.
Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.
Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.
If you need to cancel your tour, a travel insurance policy will cover cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events. This is why we provide links to travel insurance options and highly recommend that you investigate and purchase travel insurance for all our rides (including Australian domestic tours) at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel (see Travel Insurance FAQ). For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or other trip related issues.
People from all parts of Australia and also some overseas guests. Ages generally range from 35 – 75 with the average age about 50-60 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.
We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. We expect your bag to be no heavier than 15kg, making it easy to manage for you and the staff. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense. Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.
A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres. A hybrid is also possible if you are comfortable riding the daily distances and average speed of the tour, however these bikes can be around 20% slower than a road bike. Ask us for the ‘Training Tips’ document for this ride to get an idea of distances and speeds you need to train for.
If you want to hire a bike for one of our tours just let us know on your online booking form and we will get the ball rolling for you. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’.
It couldn’t be better – deluxe plus rooms at the best location. The Hilton Adelaide Hotel is the official host hotel where the world’s cycling stars, media and the cycling fraternity will converge and transform the Hilton Adelaide into the cycling centre of Australia. Beautifully located overlooking Victoria Square and the Adelaide City Council Tour Village, Hilton Adelaide is at the heart of the city’s business, entertainment, shopping and dining precincts and right next door to the vibrant Adelaide Central Market.
If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, you may pay the Single Supplement price to have your own room, and you can also put your name on a ‘share list’ with us and we will pair you with another solo traveller of the same gender in twin share accommodation if we have another similar request. If no other request eventuates you will need to pay for the Single Supplement.
Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller you can stay in your own room at the Single Supplement price or you may put your name on a ‘share list’ with us and we will pair you with another solo traveller of the same gender in twin share accommodation if we have another similar request. If no other request eventuates you will need to book in as a Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.
If you are planning to drive to Adelaide, here are some options for parking at the Tour Down Under:
1. Valet parking at the Hilton $34/night. They will get your car whenever you need it during the week.
2. Hilton ‘self-park’. $18/day. Claim your 24 hour voucher from reception as you check in at the Hilton. NOTE: this voucher is valid for 24 hours only so you will need to walk to uPark Central Market EACH day (150 metres), to collect your car, pay for your overnight use, drive out of the building, then drive back into the building to start your next 24 hour block. Enquire at Hilton reception for your daily car park vouchers.
3. Standard rates at uPark Central Market (150 metres from Hilton) Daily Rate $28 ($6 on Sunday). You can leave your car for the entire week – do not need to collect every day. http://upark.com.au/central-market
4. uPark Topham Mall (550 metres from Hilton) Daily Rate $28 ($6 on Saturday & Sunday). You can leave your car for the entire week – do not need to collect every day. http://upark.com.au/topham
5. Park your car in a neighbouring suburb with residential free parking areas (eg. Goodwood), then catch the tram back into the city.
Our Tour Down Under packages cater for both riders and non-riders so bring your partner to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the week. See our ‘Day to Day’ tab for each day’s opportunities for non-riders.
If you plan to participate in all of the cycling you will need to be a reasonably keen cyclist in good health and physical condition, however not necessarily fast, but consistent. Build your kilometre total distance in training to gradually attain about 70 km a day for 2 days straight. Shorter routes will be available for those that do not want to ride the full distance. A training outline to get the most out of your ride will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack. We will also always have support vehicles to transfer you and your bike in situations where you cannot complete a particular section of the ride for any reason.
We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride. The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.
Conditions of contract : Please read carefully
Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (directions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.
To find the terms & conditions of this ride:
- Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
- Under the calendar click ‘Confirm availability’ (don’t worry about what package is selected)
- Click ‘book now’ under the date of the ride start (highlighted orange)
- Click the ‘Skip’ button at the bottom of the optional extras page
- Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink