The Santos Tour Down Under kicks off the prestigious UCI WorldTour year in exhilarating style. First held in 1999 and has grown to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. The week-long event brings the top World Tour professional cycling teams to race on the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia each January.
In 2013 All Trails have secured great rooms at the Adelaide Hilton which is also the official host hotel of the UCI cycling teams, their managers and media, with the tour village directly opposite. We will enjoy a week of great cycling and excellent race viewing as we follow the world's best cyclists. Join us in this prime position for an exciting week of fun, frivolity and fine cycling.
After six years of good times and great cycling at the Tour Down Under, Phil, Susan and Ben from AllTrails feel very much at home in Adelaide, looking after cyclists’ needs and cheering for the riders (especially the Aussies) at the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under.
We are proud to announce our accommodation this year will be in the deluxe plus rooms at the Adelaide Hilton with full breakfast daily. This hotel is also the chosen base for the UCI teams and media and right across the road from the bustling Tour Village.
The package allows cyclists to ride the course, also to experience race starts, finishes and the excitement in between, sometimes visiting a local winery on the return trip after a day’s racing.
Running cycle tours since 1997, we know what cyclists want and we bring to this Tour Down Under package the famous AllTrails support for riders and non-riders, the expertise of cycling coach David Heatley from Cycling Inform, a bus and trailer for transfers to and from the day’s cycling activities.
Join us at this premium venue to share the spectacle of this great race and be part of the renowned AllTrails service.
Early bookers get free entry to the Bupa Challenge Tour ride (valued up to $145).
See cycling’s elite professionals race one of the world’s most spectator-friendly events on the pro-tour circuit
Be immersed in the atmosphere of the event staying at the Hilton Adelaide - official host hotel for the Santos Tour Down Under 2013
Receive expert tips and ride with professional cycle coach David Heatley from Cycling Inform
Reserved finish line access and VIP start line walk through (numbers limited)
As part of a small group, ride sections of the offical course (distances flexible) and catch the race action on your bike
Sunday Luncheon, prime final day race viewing, catered buffet lunch with bar and 2 plasma TV screens showing all the live race action (see photo below)
Visit some of Australia’s best vineyards
Be guided and spoilt, all part of the renowned service of AllTrails Bicycle Tours
Ride the mass Bupa Challenge Tour event, just hours before the pro-riders (optional extra)
Wine and dine among the world’s best cyclists at the Legends night dinner hosted by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin (optional extra)
What was said about last year:
"Hi, Just a short note to tell you that the crew at AllTrails continues to impress. Thank you so much for [your assistance] at the Tour Down Under. Thank you to Ben and Phil for making us so welcome. It is no wonder that you have so many loyal customers because you really look after everyone. Once again THANK YOU and I look forward to my next trip with AllTrails" Gwyn W (VIC)
"To Phil, Susan and Ben – Last week at the Tour Down Under was fantastic. Your rides were very good especially with us riding the routes (or part thereof on most days) and the racing was the best, especially with an Aussie and Green Edge winning the GC result. See you next time."Ken (NSW)
Prime viewing for AllTrails guests on the final day at our Sunday Luncheon at the Boat Club
WEDNESDAY, 30TH JANUARY 2013
Written by Cyclist
Thank you so much for your email. I was going to message you today to say many thanks. I had a great time and am still raving. Genevieve (VIC) Tour Down Under Package 2013
WEDNESDAY, 30TH JANUARY 2013
Written by Cyclist
Coral and I enjoyed our week with you. It was a lot of fun... Fond regards. Greg (NSW), Tour Down Under Package 2013
Question not answered below?
Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what's on your mind and we'll help you make your decision.
What is the accommodation like?
It couldn't be better - deluxe plus rooms at the best location. The Hilton Adelaide Hotel is the official host hotel where the world's cycling stars, media and the cycling fraternity will converge and transform the Hilton Adelaide into the cycling centre of Australia. Beautifully located overlooking Victoria Square and the Adelaide City Council Tour Village, Hilton Adelaide is at the heart of the city's business, entertainment, shopping and dining precincts and right next door to the vibrant Adelaide Central Market.
Sharing rooms – how does it work?
On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions that you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be roomed together. This can be in a double bed or in twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, you can choose to 'twin share' where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender. Single Supplement is also available for those that would like their own room for the whole trip.
Snorers can enjoy their own room
If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.
Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we will pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accommodation or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.
Meals and Food
Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Check tour details for meal inclusions on your ride. Our emphasis is on fresh food and balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and vegies catering for a cycling holiday. We successfully cater to most dietary requirements, however feel free to contact us with any questions. Most meals are included as part of our tours, however you may be required to purchase some meals. See the 'Day to Day' tab for more details, or click the 'Generate Itinerary' button.
What does the bike mechanic provide?
A bike mechanic will be part of our crew and is there to help you with minor adjustments and servicing of your bike and will have a good stand pump for different valves. We also have David Heatley of Cycling Inform who as a professional cycling coach can help you with small adjustments to your bike set-up so that you can get the best out of your machine. We will have limited parts available for replacement which will be charged at shop prices. Labour is free for the first fifteen minutes, there after costs may be incurred at the mechanic's discretion. Cyclists with rare or different bikes are asked to contact us at AllTrails and advise our mechanic.
What type of bike is best?
A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tires with slick or near-slick tread. A hybrid or mountain bike is also possible if you are comfortable riding the daily distances and average speed of the tour, however these bikes are usually around 20% slower than a road bike (ask us for the 'Training Tips' document for this ride).
How do I get there and back?
Fly into Adelaide Airport and catch a taxi or the Skylink Shuttle or call us for a pick up to the Adelaide Hilton. If you are planning to drive, see parking costs & locations FAQ.
Parking Costs & Locations
If you are planning to drive to Adelaide, here are some options for parking at the Tour Down Under:
1. Valet parking at the Hilton $34/night. They will get your car whenever you need it during the week.
2. Hilton ‘self-park’. $18/day. Claim your 24 hour voucher from reception as you check in at the Hilton. NOTE: this voucher is valid for 24 hours only so you will need to walk to uPark Central Market EACH day (150 metres), to collect your car, pay for your overnight use, drive out of the building, then drive back into the building to start your next 24 hour block. Enquire at Hilton reception for your daily car park vouchers.
3. Standard rates at uPark Central Market (150 metres from Hilton) Daily Rate $28 ($6 on Sunday). You can leave your car for the entire week – do not need to collect every day. http://upark.com.au/central-market
4. uPark Topham Mall (550 metres from Hilton) Daily Rate $28 ($6 on Saturday & Sunday). You can leave your car for the entire week – do not need to collect every day. http://upark.com.au/topham
5. Park your car in a neighbouring suburb with residential free parking areas (eg. Goodwood), then catch the tram back into the city.
Bring a partner
Our Tour Down Under packages cater for both riders and non-riders so bring your partner to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the week. See our 'Day to Day' tab for each day's opportunities for non-riders.
What’s NOT included in the tour price?
Airfares or other transportation to Adelaide, personal items purchased during the tour, some meals are not included allowing you the opportunity to explore the regional cuisine.
Check the ‘Pricing’ tab for our ‘optional extras' including accommodation before and after the tour, Tour Down Under Legends Dinner, Tour Down Under Club Tour, Bupa Challenge Tour.
What sort of training do I need to do?
If you plan to participate in all of the cycling you will need to be a reasonably keen cyclist in good health and physical condition, however not necessarily fast, but consistent. Build your kilometre total distance in training to gradually attain about 100 km a day for 2 days straight. Shorter routes will be available for those that do not want to ride the full distance. A training outline to get the most out of your ride will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack. We will also always have support vehicles to transfer you and your bike in situations where you cannot complete a particular section of the ride for any reason.
Do I need to carry anything on my bike?
We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and perhaps rain gear if it’s threatening. We transport your luggage, day packs, food & extra water. A detailed list of what is required and provided will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack.
Can I rent a bike?
Yes, you can rent a bike. We often have overseas riders coming to Australia, or interstate riders that would rather not take their bike around Australia on a plane. We will be able to help you out with organising bike hire through our local contacts near our office in Melbourne, or in Adelaide. When you make your booking just let us know that you would also like to hire a bike and we will get the ball rolling for you and put you in touch with the right people. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of 'home comfort'.
Accidents - who can help?
We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have comprehensive First-Aid Kits with trained 1st aiders as tour guides and drivers, mobiles and a satellite phone for emergency calls and the locality of hospitals in the areas that we ride through. We also have vehicles that can take anyone injured or sick for further treatment.
Can I talk to someone who has done one of your tours?
Absolutely. We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride that you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state. Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.
I am coming from another country, what do I need to know?
Welcome! Traditionally most of the clientele on our rides have been from Australia or New Zealand, but we also have had many riders from USA and UK/Europe. You just need to make sure that your passport and visas are in order and check the cost of transferring your bike to Australia, or rent one here.
What sorts of people join our rides?
People from all parts of Australia and overseas. Ages generally range from 30 - 70 with the average age about 50 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.
Do I need Insurance to join this tour?
Yes. Either a personal accident insurance, Bicycle Victoria membership, Cycle Queensland membership insurance or travel insurance is compulsory on our AllTrails rides and packages.
What if I need to change or cancel my tour?
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for all our Australian rides at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel. Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘Book Your Place Today’ button on the relevant tour page of our website and scroll down for Conditions of Contract.
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