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Challenge Tour stage coming to the Adelaide Hills

Challenge tour coming to the hills for recreational riders at January’s Santos Tour Down Under.

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Challenge Tour stage coming to the Adelaide Hills

We're excited to announce the Challenge Tour will be travelling through the Adelaide Hills on Friday 20 January, the same route elite riders are set to race hours later on men’s Stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under.

A trio of iconic local ascents feature: Norton Summit, Checker Hill and Corkscrew Road. Each will shape the day’s action and are sure to test amateur and professional legs alike.

Recreational riders can tackle the entire 123.5km route or an 83km option, with timing, nutrition stops and mechanical support provided for all participants.

Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Stuart O’Grady OAM said the Challenge Tour would highlight recreational riders’ abilities.

“Our community asked for a participation ride that celebrated their skill and strength. We’ve delivered,” he said.

“Get together with friends, build your training plan and feel the rush like never before. It’s time to set a new personal goal and prepare for the ultimate group ride.”

O’Grady said Stage 3 featured more than 2.4 kilometres of vertical ascent, plus beautiful vistas along Basket Range Road in the Adelaide Hills.

Norton Summit remains Adelaide’s favourite cycling climb. It extends for 6.3 kilometres and has an average gradient of 5.2 per cent, mixing false flats and incline spikes with distance.

Checker Hill is among the most contested King of the Mountain climbs in Santos Tour Down Under history. It lasts for 1.1 kilometres and has an average gradient of 9.4 per cent, with its steepest section a formidable 28 per cent.

Stage 3’s final test is the legendary Corkscrew Road. Its 3.3 kilometres have an average gradient of 7.1 per cent – an incline that puts even fresh legs under pressure.

The Santos Tour Down Under is taking place in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 13-22 January 2023. It will feature nine days of elite racing for men and women.

Recreational cyclists can learn more about the Challenge Tour and book its 123.5km or 83km options via the link below.

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