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Tour Down Under 2013

6th May 2016

The first stop on the world cycling calendar, the Santos Tour Down Under kicks off the cycling year in exhilarating style. The Santos Tour Down Under was first held in 1999 and has grown year on year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. The week-long event brings the top WorldTour professional cycling teams to race on the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia each January. Up for grabs are important UCI WorldTour points and the Santos Ochre Leaders Jersey. Our editor John travels to the event each year, hosted by South Australia Tourism in conjunction with Kiwi Style Bike Tours.


'Cycling tested positive for eight days in January in the streets of Adelaide and its surrounds in South Australia. A real flavour of France in July was on show with loads of enthusiastic lycra clad locals and visitors lapping up the chance to watch world class cycling at the Santos Tour Down Under that attracts thousands of fans from throughout Australia and overseas.'

The Tour turned 15 this year and it definitely tested positive – on all fronts. Thousands of positive fans loving the riding, racing and social elements; positive locals loving hosting visitors and generally sharing their roads well; positive pro riders, loving the weather and easing into their season in a pretty relaxed manner; positive media lapping up the chance to see the rainbow world champ colours of Philippe Gilbert in action for the first time and Andy Schleck race for the first time in months.

Cycling was alive and well, there was absolutely no doubt about that. There was colour and atmosphere as the only UCI World Tour Race in the southern hemisphere attracts not only many of the world’s best riders but loads from overseas, including growing numbers of Kiwi’s each year

John Jan 2013