The Adelaide City Council Tour Village - the heart and soul of Australia’s premier cycling race – officially opens this weekend.
The Victoria Square hub will play home to international athletes of the Santos Tour Down Under, welcoming prestigious teams and riders like Peter Sagan and BORA-hansgrohe, as well as Esteban Chaves and ORICA-Scott.
Last year, more than 50,000 people visited the Tour Village, further cementing it as the largest bike expo in Australia.
Fans can enjoy free entry and a full daily entertainment program in the Tour Village, with merchandise and sponsor stands, the chance to test-ride the latest bikes, grab an autograph from cycling stars, live music and all other things cycling.
The Adelaide City Council Tour Village opens at 3pm on Saturday January 14 and covers both sides of Victoria Square. The Tour Village will run throughout the event, from 14 - 22 January 2017. For a full entertainment program and opening times visit tourdownunder.com.au
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Tourism Susan Close
The Tour Village is the official hub for professional riders and provides the perfect opportunity for cycling fans to get up close and see their idols in action.
Last year’s Santos Tour Down Under broke all records, generating a huge $49.6 million for the State’s visitor economy in expenditure and with record visitation and spectator numbers.
You will be hard placed to find a more intense experience than the packed streets of Santos Tour Down Under. Nothing beats the rumble of hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts cheering on cycling superstars.
The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to promote SA and attract major events. This is in addition to the $6 million specifically for the Santos Tour Down Under.
We are gearing up for this year’s TDU, determined to keep our title as Australia’s ‘Best Sporting Event’ as recognised by the Australian Event Awards, where SA was also named Best Events State in Australia for the past two consecutive years.