Thanks to its mild climate and flat terrain on the plains, Adelaide has plenty of opportunities for bike-riding all year, but each January the city goes cycling mad for the Santos Tour Down Under. The biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere, the tour inspires the city’s citizens to squeeze into their lycra and participate in a section of the race – so bring your bike. Kids can even join the mini ride on the Adelaide leg of the prestigious UCI WorldTour, which has brought Tour de France winners Oscar Pereiro, Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre to the city, alongside Aussie legends Simon Gerrans, Stuart O’Grady, Robbie McEwen, Cadel Evans and Allan Davis. It’s an exciting time to be in Adelaide as a spectator, too, with street parties offering food, wine and the chance to rub shoulders with locals.
The picturesque Santos Tour Down Under works its way across 800km of South Australian roads and through dozens of towns, with hundreds of thousands of spectators turning out. Choose to watch a stage in the city’s cafe-clad East End or take a day trip out to Barossa or McLaren Vale wine country.