CYCLING TOURS AND HOLIDAYS | Santos TOUR DOWN UNDER TOUR 2020

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Join us for the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under. Experience an amazing fun filled, fully organised, 10 day cycling tour and holiday.

STDU dates are now guaranteed. The final itinerary will be very close to what you see below. We are waiting on the actual stages to be released. You are now safe to book your flights or simply let us take care of everything.


18 to 27 Jan 2020

Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and the City

RIDE Holidays invites you to experience the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under. One of the best cycling events on the planet. Pull up a bike seat, sit back and let the world spin by.

We've found the perfect mix of visiting the iconic Barossa Valley, followed by the Adelaide Hills, then descending upon the city of Adelaide for the climax of the greatest cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere. Get involved with the action. Experience the thrill of seeing this world class event live!

It's not all about the race. In fact, the race is just a part of a great holiday. We focus on the magnificent cycling on offer, as well as eating at the very best South Australian restaurants and cafes. You will come home having experienced the full flavour of what the region has to offer.

Our itinerary is tailored for all levels of cyclists and changes with the daily conditions.

Throughout our 10-day tour, we've catered to meet the needs of the fast group we refer to as the whippets, right through to the more leisurely cyclist. Take a peep through our itinerary and you'll be assured that we offer a range of cycling options. And if you want to take a break for a day (or two), we've planned some great off bike activities, so you can really enjoy the wonders that this region has to offer!

And for non-riders (team Macchiato) you are very, very, welcome. Be assured, you won't just be following the cyclists. Your days will include visits to reginal must-see attractions, wineries, boutique shopping, enjoying local cafes and restaurants, some walking, plus much more. This group will have their own vehicle and local guide! And by being around it all, you get to enjoy the buzz of the amazing Santos Tour Down Under.

The most common question we have is about the heat. Yes, it can get hot. However it can also be very cool. On the 2019 trip we had four very hot days and having local guides meant that we were able to change the itinerary accordingly. We also had three days where we were riding in arm warmers and vests. Basically - we can never tell what the weather will be. What we can do is be flexible and have a plan in place for all conditions.

Santos Tour Down Under Itinerary 2020

Day 1 Saturday 18 Jan

Welcome to South Australia

We look forward to meeting you at Adelaide Airport. Our vehicles will depart the airport just after midday. Our destination is the magnificent Barossa Valley. We stay at the fantastic Novotel Resort. Every room offers a view of Barossa's finest vines. As does the swimming pool.

This afternoon we'll help you assemble the bikes and then pop out for a short ride. Purely to get the legs turning and to find those nasty little mechanicals that may pop up.

There will be just enough time for a quiet refreshment prior to our welcoming dinner where we'll run through the plan for the next 10 days. Yes, you are now officially on holiday. Welcome to South Australia. More importantly - welcome to the Barossa.

Accommodation: Barossa Novotel
Meals Included: Dinner

PS, you are very welcome to arrive the day prior. You would then be wise to stay at our Adelaide downtown hotel on the Friday night. On the Saturday morning we will have guides available to ride to the Barossa rather than travel in the bus. We will arrange all the extra accommodation and airport transfers for you. The choice is yours.


Day 2 Sunday 19 Jan

Barossa Valley

Over the past 6 years we've tried to feature a new destination. For 2020 we've simply picked the best of the best. We simply cannot go passed the amazing scenic countryside of the Barossa Valley. This region offers some of the best food & wine in South Australia.

Today is all about exploring what the valley has to offer. So, sit back in the saddle and ride until your heart is content. We'll have a support van in place if the going gets tough.

Today won't be overly hilly, certainly when compared to the rest of the week. All rides will feature the Jack Bobridge trail.

The long ride is 90km, however there are certainly options to extend that. Featuring the Seppletsfield wine region, Jacobs Creek and a Tour Down Under favourite - Menglers hill. The short ride is a shade under 60km. We've also budgeted for extra coffee stops. Flat white please.

Team Macchiato - You are booked in at Seppletsfield for lunch, followed by a cooking demonstration at Maggie Beers. Afterwards, how about some time beside the pool?

Tonight, we've booked a local winery for dinner.

Accommodation: Barossa Novotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 3 Monday 20 Jan

Exploring the Barossa Valley

It's a bonus day in the Barossa. Usually we stay here for two nights however in the past we've felt that was one night short.

There's plenty of road to choose from. Some is paved, and some are dirt. We pretty much pick up where we left off yesterday. Another 100km and 60km option.

Our plan is to pop up to the Whispering Wall and then heading in the opposite direction on the Jack Bobridge trail towards Gawler.

Team Macchiato - Katrina is your guide and she's Adelaide born and bred. You will be well looked after. Today she has the Barossa cheese factory in her sights. That's after a nice long walk. You guys need to exercise as well…..

Tonight, we've booked the brewery for dinner. Burger thanks.

Accommodation: Barossa Novotel
Meals Included: Breakfast (Dinner own arrangements)


Day 4 Tuesday 21 Jan

It's off to the Hills!!

Today we ride across the Barossa Range and make our way to Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Without doubt the best cycling in the State, arguably in all of Australia. We will have plenty of ride options today, from 50 to 100km its up to you.

You will certainly get the chance to knock off a few of Dirty Dozen. 12 nasty hills that we feature on our t-shirt. Some of you will do more, some of you will do less. No pressure.

Riding hotel to hotel as its advantages. Your bags will be in your Hahndorf hotel rooms when you arrive. Lunch will be at the famous Loberthal bakery. I'd guess a thousand of so other cyclists will pop in for a cream bun today. It's the place to go.

You should also get the chance to see the Santos Tour Down Under for the first time. We will confirm this after the 2020 race route has been released.

We also pre-book you a massage while in Hahndorf. This afternoon would be a great time to give back to your legs.

Team Macchiato - This morning Katrina has booked the Melbas Chocolate factory followed by lunch at the Bird in Hand winery.

Accommodation: The Manna of Hahndorf
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner



Day 5 Wednesday 22 Jan

Cuddly little bears - wildlife spotting

Breakfast is at the top of Mt Lofty (700m above sea level) where the café is opening just for us. The big breakfast is unbelievably big, the views are amazing. Thousands of cyclists ride this climb daily. Bring your camera.

Team Macchiato - will also meet us at the top of Mount Lofty for breakfast followed by a visit to the Mount Lofty Botanical gardens.

Ride options vary from 60km to 100kms although only a select few would consider 100km in this part of the world. It's lumpy. Full of false flats.

Race day… Historically, today is our V.I.P TDU experience. Last year we were all of 1meter away from the finish line in Uraidla when the great Peter Sagan won. Followed closely by the awesome Paddy Bevin. More of the same next year please Dingo. (our local fixer)

Tonight, is traditionally movie night. We show the very famous 'Russian fly fishing' movie followed by a more traditional cycling movie of some description.

Accommodation: The Manna of Hahndorf
Meals Included: Breakfast (Dinner own arrangements)

Day 6 Thursday 23 Jan

Off to the city we go…

We leave our Adelaide Hills paradise and head to the city. Feedback from clients after the 2019 trip was that they wanted an easy day prior to tomorrows big ride. So, 70km maximum. We promise. The extra good news is that it's pretty much all downhill.

We will do our best to see the TDU stage today. Often Thursday's race features the iconic Corkscrew, which is only 10km away from our central city hotel.

The City of Adelaide Tour Village in the City Square is only a 15min walk from the Majestic. This race is known for its rider access, so you'll rub shoulders with legends! You should time your arrival to be there at about 4pm which is when the pro's ride (literally) through the village.

Team Macchiato - you're in for a treat. The number one RH TeamMac Tripadvisor activity for 2019 was the d'Arenberg Cube (Mclaren Vale) featuring a contemporary art museum, winery and lunch. We will then drive you to Adelaide in time for a look around the race village with your loved one.

Tonight, we've arranged pasta. Pasta, pasta, pasta. You'll need every ounce of it come 6am.

Accommodation: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner



Day 7 Friday 24 Jan

Early Start - It's Challenge Tour time

It's our guess that the Challenge Tour will be moved back to the traditional Friday.

Thousands of fair dinkum Aussies and a handful of fast skinny Kiwis, Canadians and Americans. It's Challenge Tour day. You'll have three ride choices - 150kms, 100kms and 60kms.

It's a brilliant day and we'd really encourage as many of you as possible to join us. For those not wanting to enter then one of our staff will head out on a more casual ride.

This Challenge Tour ride is the same route as the TDU professional's race, they start late morning and will chase us all the way to the finish. The Challenge Tour is very different to the Taupo Cycle challenge. It's a lot more relaxed and I'd encourage you to stop at all the food stations and check out the local food and coffee. I for one will be targeting the fruit loaf which I remember fondly.

We arrive at the finish and join all the other riders in a local park. RH will have a meeting point along with cold drinks. It's up to you - you can head back to the hotel straight after you finish or sit back and watch the race finish live or on the big screen.

Team Macchiato - today is all about Adelaide. Central Market, a tour of river Torrens on the Popeye, shopping, cafes, city trams and of course a fabulous lunch. Heard of a small British chef called Jamie Oliver?

Accommodation: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch. (Dinner own arrangements)



Day 8 Saturday 25 Jan

Legend's Night

We can't really finalise the plan for today until we see the stage. If we had a crystal ball // wish list, then we'd like a stage that includes Adelaide's beautiful beaches. The other attraction high on the wish list is the d'Arenberg Cube in the McLaren Vale. It's fast becoming one of South Australia's top attractions. In 2020 we hope to roll this out to the cyclists as well.

We will certainly be on the bikes, with options for all.

There's a lot to see in the city. Today will be your chance to visit the Adelaide Market so we'll look after your bikes while you pop in for breakfast or lunch. Lycra is perfectly acceptable. For all those cool kids - you'll also get again to visit one of the many pop-up shops. (Specialized and Black Sheep are literally across the road from our hotel)

Tonight, is the Legends' Night Dinner. Guaranteed to be a highlight you will have plenty of opportunity to have photos with the likes of Peter Sagan and Matthew Hayman. Ladies bring a frock. Boys, a nice tie will be fine.

Accommodation: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Meals Included: TBA - and Dinner (Legends' Night)


Day 9 Sunday 26 Jan

Final stage - A must see…

Again, this is our educated guess on how the 2020 STDU will look. The end of the 2019 stage was held on Willunga for the first time. Rather than the street circuit in Adelaide. It's our assumption that the organisers won't want to change this.

Boom, Boom. Willunga Hill on a Sunday. Last stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. Our day starts with breakfast at the hotel. We'll then all hop on our bikes and head towards McLaren Vale for the race start.

It's then on to Willunga Hill which is only 8km away. Queen stage for the 2020 TDU and will ultimately decide the winner of this year's event. In fact, it may just be decided in the last 100m of the race.

There's only one restaurant at the top of Willunga and guess who's got it. Yes, us. It's your home base for today so you can come and go as you please. It's also our last night on tour so we'll celebrate with a nice early dinner (whole sheep) before heading back to the city. You won't lose weight on this tour.

Accommodation: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.



Day 10 Monday 27 Jan

Home, James

The tour concludes with breakfast. Some of us will pack our bags, bikes and leave for the airport. Our tour is all but over.

We can easily look after extra accommodation if you choose to stay on. It's a really nice way to round out the holiday.

Whatever you decide - thank you for joining us. Safe travels home…

Meals Included: Breakfast included.



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Santos Tour Down Under | Overview

  • 4 nights Adelaide, 3 nights Barossa, 2 nights Hahndorf. Staying in 4 star quality hotels
  • Local Adelaide cycle guides who know every nook and cranny.
  • Majority of meals are included - All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 6 dinners.
  • Our own designated RIDE Holidays V.I.P race area (we had 3 in 2019. That's our goal for 2020.)
  • See the race live for 4-5 stages of the Santos Tour Down Under
  • Choice of three guided rides daily - 60 kms to 110kms plus
  • Tick off your Dirty Dozen (12 hills)
  • Challenge Tour entry and Jersey. Unlimited Fruit Loaf
  • Separate itinerary, vehicle and guide for Team Macchiato (non-riders)
  • Support vehicles and bike trailers
  • Tickets to the Legends' Night Dinner… (Value AUD250.00)
  • 10-week training program leading up to the TDU
  • Souvenir 40 page booklet included
  • RIDE Holidays cycle jersey and Dirty Dozen t-shirt





Tour Exclusions

(Although Karl can take care of these for you)

  • Airfares and extra accommodation
  • Cycling drinks & bars, additional meals, alcohol.
  • Travel Insurance - including cover for your bikes.

Tour Cost (per person)

$4000.00NZD pp. (Twin Share)
$3850.00NZD pp. for repeat clients (Twin Share)

Want your own room? Single supplement $890NZD pp.

Bike hire $750NZD

Extra Adelaide accommodation & Breakfast $150NZD pp twin share.

The cost for non-riders is the same as for cyclists. We pay for a lot of your winery lunches, entry fees etc etc.

Initial deposit is $1500.00. Balance is due 90 days prior to departure.







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