CYCLING TOURS AND HOLIDAYS | 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.

Please note – the dates below are an educated guess. Don’t book your flights until the actual race dates are confirmed. This will happen in early April 2018. The initial deposit of $500.00 per person is refundable if the dates, itinerary change. The 2nd non-refundable deposit (additional $1000) will be due within two weeks of the final itinerary being released.

12 to 20 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, Peter Sagan and Mark Grahame. 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.

Tour Down Under Itinerary 2019

Day 1 Saturday 12 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, Some of you may decide to arrive earlier than the Saturday. There’s certainly a lot to do. We can easily arrange extra accommodation and transport (to the Clare Valley) if you choose to do so. In fact – the Clare Valley Show market falls on the 2nd Saturday of the month which just so happens to be today.

Day 2 Sunday 13 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 Monday 14 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, STDU 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.

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 Tuesday 15 Jan

Hills – as many as you can…

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 of 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.

There will again be three distances to ride. Most importantly – today will be the first time you’ll see 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.

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 Wednesday 16 Jan

Experience the Tour Down Under up close

Race day… Your first Tour Down Under experience. We will see the race live the next 4 to 5 days. And the good news is that race comes to us, literally. The race route isn’t too far 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.

In fact, today you will see them numerous times as they complete the traditional Stirling loop. RH has our very own V.I.P pen. You’ll be greeted with Champagne and strawberries before literally rubbing shoulders with the world’s most famous riders.

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 Thursday 17 Jan

Transfer day and Pasta smash

Today we leave our Adelaide Hills haven and head to the city. Again we bike from hotel to hotel, catching up with the TDU along the way. Today’s total ride will only be around 80kms as we need to save our legs for tomorrow’s epic. We’ll arrive into Adelaide early afternoon which allows plenty of time to shower and check out the Tour Village in the City Square. Only 750m away from our hotel where all the teams and riders will be.

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.

Tonight we dine on pasta. Let’s keep it simple. In fact, the restaurant is on the 7th floor of the hotel which offers stunning views of the city.

Some of you may then choose to head back down to the Tour Village for the annual STDU street party – a massive celebration with live music. All in the name of cycling. Make sure you get some beauty sleep though as tomorrow is a very early start.

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

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Day 7 Friday 18 Jan

6am Start! It’s BUPA time

8,000 fair dinkum Aussies and a handful of fast skinny Kiwis. Its BUPA challenge day. You’ll have three ride choices - 150kms, 110kms and 70kms. 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 at 11am and will chase us all the way to the finish. The BUPA 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. New for 2019 will be the RIDE Holidays Marquee - complete with cold drinks. Dingo will even get the massage table out. Sit back and watch the race finish live or on the big screen.

It’s a free night to check out all that is great about Adelaide. Heading down the secret alley way to the Belgium Beer café for dinner wouldn’t be a silly idea. We’ll point you in the right direction. See you tomorrow.

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

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Day 8 Sat 19 Jan

Ned Kelly pie…

We plan to change things around a bit for the 2019 tour. 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 21st anniversary of the Tour Down Under and will ultimately decide the winner of this year’s event.

The main difference to the 2018 trip is that we’ll avoid the bike path and head back in to the hills. Last year we found a magnificent bakery about half way and we’ve ordered 50 Ned Kelly pies. You simply have to try them. Some of you can then choose to see the start of today’s stage in McLaren Vale or simply relax at our own outdoor café set up at the bottom of Willunga hill. With cold drinks, lunch and more importantly a big screen. The pros will go past 5 times.

After the race we all hop in the bus for the trip back to the city. Which will give you plenty of time to dissemble your bikes and put on your nice clothes in time for tonight’s Legends 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: Lunch and Legends Dinner included.

Day 9 Sun 21 Jan

Home, James

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

A lot of you will decide to stay on for today’s Adelaide closing stage. If you don’t have any time restraints then I’d really recommend this. The street lap circuit is only 750m away from our hotel.

We can easily look after extra accommodation and can even offer V.I.P grandstand tickets. It’s a really nice way to round out the holiday.

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


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Tour Down Under 2018 Tour – Cycle Tours and Holidays

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 5 dinners.
  • Our own designated RIDE Holidays V.I.P race event
  • See the race live for 4-5 stages of the Tour Down Under
  • Choice of three guided rides daily - 60 kms to 110kms plus
  • Tick off your Dirty Dozen (12 hills)
  • BUPA challenge entry and Jersey. . 8000 cyclists – Unlimited Fruit Loaf
  • Itinerary tailored for all levels including Team Macchiato (non-riders)
  • Support vehicles and bike trailers
  • Tickets to the Santos Tour Down Under Legends 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
  • Travel Insurance – including cover for your bikes.
  • VIP grandstand package on the final Sunday street stage
  • Cycling drinks & bars, additional meals, alcohol.

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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