Hills communities welcome Santos Tour Down Under 2020

Four Adelaide Hills Council communities are commencing preparations to host a start or finish of the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under.

Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom said Hills communities have more involvement in the Tour 2020 than ever before.

"We have seen the way this international sporting event can bring communities together and give them an opportunity to showcase their townships," said Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom.

"We look forward to working with our communities to make their stage a success for locals and spectators alike."

Birdwood and Stirling will each host a finish to the Santos Women's Tour Down Under and for the men's competition there will be starts and finishes in Woodside, Stirling, and Paracombe. As usual, several other routes will pass through the district's picturesque landscape.

Adelaide Hills Council hosted stages:
Santos WTDU, Stage 2 (Friday 17 January): Finish in Birdwood
Santos WTDU, Stage 3 (Saturday 18 January): Finish in Stirling
Santos TDU, Stage 2 (Wednesday 22 January): Start in Woodside, Finish in Stirling
Santos TDU, Stage 3 (Thursday 23 January): Finish in Paracombe

Kimberley Conte, Race Director for Santos Women's Tour Down Under, is excited about the finish in Birdwood.

"The town hosted the finish of the WTDU last year but the course is different to the 2019 course, featuring a sprint and a finish. The welcome we received last year was outstanding and I look forward to seeing what the community and in particular, the National Motor Museum, has in store to greet the race." She said.

The route through to the WTDU Stage 3 finish in Stirling will see the inclusion of a Queen of the Mountain on Avenue Road, and an unsealed section of road in the approach to laps of the district circuit. There will be plenty of opportunities to see the cyclists in full flight.

When the men take the stage, the hills township of Woodside will see its first ever start for Stage 2. Race Director Santos Tour Down Under, Mike Turtur, believes this will be a welcome addition in 2020.

"Cylists will be completing four circuits around the township before crossing over to Stirling which will allow spectators multiple opportunities to view the race and encourage their favourite riders from the sidelines," he said.

"This particular stage is one to watch - the conditions will suit the all-rounders."

When the peloton reaches Stirling the route will again call for laps of the district, with three circuits being undertaken on this end of the stage. It is Stirling's tenth time hosting a finish for the Santos Tour Down Under.

Stage 3 will have a focus on the mountain top finish in Paracombe as cyclists battle up Torrens Hill Road in order to reach the finish line first.

"On both occasions previously the Paracombe stage winner has gone on to win the general classification (Ochre Jersey), which makes this one a stage to most definitely keep an eye on," said Turtur.

The Santos Tour Down Under will be staged 16-26 January 2020. For more information on all the routes visit the Tour Down Under website.

To keep up to date with local celebrations and associated events, bookmark our Tour Down Under page.

Cyclists cross the STDU finish in Uraidla, 2019