CYCLING TOURS AND HOLIDAYS | Santos TOUR DOWN UNDER TOUR 2019

Join us for the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under. Experience an amazing fun filled, fully organised, 9 day cycling tour and holiday. We are very excited to be starting in the Clare Valley for the first time.

13 to 21 Jan 2019

Clare Valley, Barossa, Adelaide Hills and the City

RIDE Holidays invites you to experience the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under. One of the best cycling events on the planet. All the stars will be there - Chris Wood, Mark Grahame and hopefully Peter Sagan. Pull up a bike seat, sit back and let the world spin by.

We've found the perfect mix of visiting the magnificent valleys of Clare and Barossa. Followed by the Adelaide Hills before descending upon the city for the climax of the greatest cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere. Get involved with the action, and experience the thrill of seeing this world class event live!

And, it's not all about the race. In fact, the race is a small 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.

Itinerary tailored for all levels, conditions

Throughout our 9 day tour, we've catered to meet the needs of both the cycling die hards 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 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 wineries, with a blend of boutique shopping, enjoying the 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 with regard to the heat. Yes, it can get hot however it can also be very cool. On the 2018 trip we had two 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.

In previous years we have seen how tired clients are on day 1. And for this trip the Clare Valley is further away (from Adelaide) that any of our previous starting locations. For that reason we recommend that you arrive one day early on the 12th. We will still collect you from the airport and take you to Clare Valley. The shuttle will depart at midday. We will also organise the pre-tour accommodation.

Santos Tour Down Under Itinerary 2019

Day 1 Sunday 13 Jan

Welcome to South Australia

We look forward to meeting you at Adelaide Airport. It's just over a two hour drive south to the beautiful Clare Valley which is our starting point for the 2019 tour. Our vehicles will depart Adelaide Airport at just after midday. We'll then help assemble the bikes and then pop out for a short 20km 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 swim and a refreshment prior to our welcoming BBQ where we'll run through the plan for the next 9 days. Yes - you are now officially on holiday. Welcome to South Australia.

Accommodation: Clare Valley
Meals Included: Dinner

PS, as mentioned…. We'd encourage you to arrive the day earlier. New Zealand is only 4-6 hours away from Adelaide. However, once you add a 2 hour time difference as well as 2 hours in the bus getting to the Clare, we can guarantee that you'll be exhausted. Arriving on the Saturday is without doubt the smart idea and a much better start to your holiday.

Day 2 Monday 14 Jan

Exploring the Valley

Every year we like to explore a new area of South Australia. This year it's the beautiful Clare Valley. A first for RIDE Holidays.

This region offers some of the best food & wine in South Australia. Today is all about exploring what the valley has to offer. There will be three rides planned. Cappuccino - 60km, Latte - 80km and espresso - 110km plus. Today won't be overly hilly, certainly when compared to the rest of the week. All rides will feature some of the 35km Clare Valley Riesling Trail (be prepared for some off road cycling) which literally brings the grapes to the cycle path.

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.

Team Macchiato consists of the non-riding group and there's no prizes for guessing what they'll be up to. Katrina is their guide and she's born and bred in this area. You will be well looked after.

Accommodation: Clare Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast (Dinner own arrangements in town)

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Day 3 Tuesday 15 Jan

Barossa - Boom Boom

We say goodbye to one valley and ride all the way to another. Ever heard of the Barossa? Hotel to hotel is just over 60km however there will certainly be longer distances to choose from. All rides will feature the Jack Bobridge trail, TDU favourite - Menglers hill and also a selection of the Barossa's most famous wineries. Basically - it's a case of getting from one valley to the next and showing you everything in between. That's also the case for Team Mac however they will have a few extra stops. One of those will be a cooking demonstration at Maggie Beer's.

Tonight we've arranged for a wine tasting. Not just one Barossa winery. A selection of the best. One of our guides (Brett) works in the industry so we've called on a few of his mates to bring their finest work. If wine isn't your thing then we'd certainly recommend rolling down to the local craft brewery for a tasting. Make sure you try the coffee stout. Don't have too much though as tomorrow we head for the hills. Yes, things have been reasonably flat up until now. Tomorrow that will change.

Accommodation: Barossa Weintal
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 4 Wednesday 16 Jan

Hills and the Ride Holidays coffee cart!!

In previous years we've run an event called the Dirty Dozen. Featuring 12 nasty hills in one day. We've decided to change things this year and give you the opportunity to knock off those same hills but over a three day period. Some of you will do more, some of you will do less. All 12 hills will feature on your Dirty Dozen t-shirt.

Today is your first chance to tag one or two of those hills as we make our way to Hahndorf. Without doubt the best cycling in the State, arguably in all of Australia. Again we ride hotel to hotel. We will leave early as we want to beat the heat. Your bags will be in your Hahndorf hotel rooms when you arrive.

You'll also get the chance to see the Santos Tour Down Under for the first time. We have a plan in place for the race to insect with the Ride Holidays coffee cart. It will be parked in a secret location at about the half-way point. Packed full of sandwiches, donuts and of course coffee, coffee, coffee. Maybe some of the pros will stop.

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

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

Day 5 Thursday 17 Jan

Experience the Santos Tour Down Under up close

Race day… Historically, today is our V.I.P TDU experience. Last year we were sipping champagne 20m away from the finish when the pros rolled through. Our plan is to change nothing… And the good news is that race is less than 10km away from our hotel. The great thing about the TDU is that unlike the Tour de France you get to see the riders more than once each day.

Oh, I forget to mention - 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 and thousands of cyclists ride this climb daily. Bring your camera.

Ride options of 60kms to 100kms and will include a National Park famous for its Koala spotting. It's just a shame that it sits at the bottom of a rather large step hill. You'll be fine…

Tonight we wear our Dirty Dozen t-shirts with pride while grazing on pizza and beer. No doubt a few lies will be told.

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

Day 6 Friday 18 Jan

Off to the city we go…

We leave our Adelaide Hills paradise and head to the city. We'll again catch up with the TDU (stage 4) along the way and hopefully the RH coffee cart. More importantly we want to have you in Adelaide early afternoon. Before the heat kicks in. You should have some down time prior to tomorrows big ride.

There's a lot to see in the city. For all those cool kids - you'll also get the chance to visit one of the many pop-up shops. (Specialized, Cervelo, Rapha etc) Offering retail therapy, great food and craft beer.

The City of Adelaide Tour Village in the City Square is only 750m away from our hotel. This race is known for it's rider access.

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

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Day 7 Saturday 19 Jan

6am Start! It's Challenge Tour time

Thousands of fair dinkum Aussies and a handful of fast skinny Kiwis. It's Challenge Tour day. You'll have three ride choices - 158kms, 102kms and 60kms. All for a good cause - to raise money for cancer research.

This ride is exactly 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. Dingo will even get the massage table out. Sit back and watch the race finish live or on the big screen.

After the race we all hop in the bus for the trip back to the city. Which will give you plenty of time to put on your nice clothes in time for tonight's 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: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Legends' Night)

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Day 8 Sunday 20 Jan

Final stage - A must see…

Boom Boom. You are lucky people. Willunga Hill on a Sunday. Last stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. Our day still starts with breakfast at the famous Adelaide Market which simply is a must do. We'll then all hop on our bikes and head towards Willunga Hill. Queen stage for the 2019 TDU will ultimately decide the winner of this year's event. In fact, it may just be decided in the last 100m of the race.

Plans are in place to have you as near to the top of the hill as we possibly can. It's a big occasion. You're worth it.

It's also our last night on tour so we'll celebrate with a nice dinner near Willunga. You won't lose weight on this tour.

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

Day 9 Monday 21 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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Tour Down Under 2018 Tour – Cycle Tours and Holidays

Santos Tour Down Under | Overview

  • 2 nights Clare Valley, 1 night Barossa, 2 nights Adelaide Hills and 3 nights in the city. Staying in 4 star quality hotels
  • Local Adelaide cycle guides who know every nook and cranny.
  • Majority of meals are included – 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners.
  • Our own designated RIDE Holidays V.I.P race event
  • 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
  • Itinerary tailored for all levels including 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 Down Under 2018 Tour – Cycle Tours and Holidays

Tour Down Under 2018 Tour – Cycle Tours and Holidays

Tour Down Under 2018 Tour – Cycle Tours and Holidays

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)

$3890NZD pp. (Twin Share)
$3750NZD pp. for repeat clients (Twin Share)

Want your own room? Single supplement $800NZD pp.

Extra Clare Valley accommodation – Approx $200.00 NZD pp twin share including early transfer.

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

The cost for non-riders is the same as for cyclists.

Tour Down Under 2018 Tour – Cycle Tours and Holidays

Tour Down Under 2018 Tour – Cycle Tours and Holidays


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