Cycling Action Set to Return to the Southern Barossa
In a coup for the Southern Barossa, the Barossa Council has secured hosting rights for the 2018 Stage 1 finish of the Santos Tour Down Under in Lyndoch.
In its 20th year, Stage 1 will begin in Port Adelaide on Tuesday, 16 January and enter the southern Barossa via Williamstown.
Race Director Mike Turtur said Stage 1 promised to deliver another spectacular day of racing.
“The finish in Lyndoch reinforces the major role the Barossa has played throughout the history of the race,” Turtur said.
“The region is one of the features of the race as an iconic South Australian location that showcases the destination.”
Turtur praised the work of the local community to elevate the profile of the event.
“The local organising committee are passionate and do a lot of work to welcome the cyclists and the fans to the region,” he said.
“The finish in Lyndoch in 2018 will be third time lucky in regards to the weather, as the last two years have seen excessive heat.”
Mayor Bob Sloane said he was thrilled Lyndoch would have the opportunity to once again defend the mantle of “Santos Best Dressed Town”.
“The Southern Barossa community did a terrific job of hosting both the women’s and men’s event this year, and we know they will raise the bar for the 2018 event,” Mayor Sloane said.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the Barossa once again to a worldwide audience, cementing the Barossa’s reputation for food, wine and world-class cycling.”
The 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from Saturday 13 January until Sunday 21 January. Visit www.tourdownunder.com.au for all the details.
The Santos Women's Tour Down Under will return bigger and better in 2018 as an internationally ranked UCI 2.2 race.
For the first time in the women’s race, Stage Two will feature a hill climb finish at Mengler’s Hill in the Barossa, expected to be particularly gruelling.
The women's peloton will race across the Barossa from Lyndoch to Menglers Hill (102km) on 12 January.
Mayor Bob Sloane is urging the community to get behind the Santos Women's Tour Down Under and cheer on the world's best female cyclists as they race through the Barossa.
"We are thrilled to welcome the Santos Women's Tour Down Under back to the Barossa this year. It's a fantastic opportunity to see some of the world's best athletes, and you couldn't ask for a better backdrop," he said.
'Wheels on the Green'
Join the Southern Barossa Community for the family-friendly Wheels on the Green event on Lyndoch Village Green on Monday, 15 January from 5.30pm.
Click here to see the 2018 Stage One route.
For more information on the Santos Tour Down Under Barossa route, including parking restrictions and interruptions to road users please click here.
DESIGN A JERSEY COMPETITION
The annual 'Design a Jersey' competition, run by The Barossa Council library is on again. Encourage you kids to get creative and design a jersey that will stand out from the crowd.
The competition is open to children and youth in three age divisions (6 years and under; 7-11 years and 12-17 years). Entries close at 5pm, Monday 8 January.
More information about the 2018 Tour
More information is available at www.tourdownunder.com.au
If you can't wait to get your cycling fix, click here to revisit all the action from this year's event on our facebook page, and don't forget to check out our Southern Barossa Santos TDU Action shots while you're there.