Guide to 2023 Santos Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia's greatest cycling race, bringing international teams to the streets of Adelaide in the hunt for the first points of the international season.

Race Director and inaugural Santos Tour Down Under winner, Stuart O’Grady, along with Assistant Race Directors, Annette Edmondson and Carlee Taylor have designed a race which offers it all.

This year’s race includes nine unique routes which will challenge the world’s best men’s and women’s riders and give locals plenty of opportunities to soak up this international event.

From iconic beaches, picturesque Adelaide Hills and the sweeping Barossa and McLaren Vale wine regions, this race will share the best South Australia has to offer with viewers around the world.

Race Overview


Sat 14 Jan – Schwalbe Classic – Men’s & Women’s – Adelaide city circuit

Sun 15 Jan – Women – Ziptrak Stage 1: Glenelg to Aldinga

Mon 16 Jan – Women – Stage 2: Birdwood to Uraidla

Tues 17 Jan – Women – Stage 3: Adelaide to Campbelltown

Tues 17 Jan – Men – efex Prologue – Adelaide Riverbank

Wed 18 Jan – Men – Ziptrak Stage 1: Tanunda to Tanunda

Thurs 19 Jan – Men – Stage 2: Brighton to Victor Harbor

Fri 20 Jan – Men – Stage 3: Norwood to Campbelltown

Sat 21 Jan – Men – Stage 4: Port Willunga – Willunga Township

Sun 22 Jan – Men – Stage 5: Unley – Mount Lofty

“Being a local Adelaide boy, I’ve ridden just about every road and corner through South Australia, it means so much to see the race coming together as I envisioned”

Stuart O’Grady OAM, Race Director

“With my 19 years of professional cycling experience, I think I am in a good position to say, the racing we will see will be second to none, and with the festival surrounding it, it will really kick off Adelaide’s festival season with a bang” says Stuart O’Grady, Race Director.

Things to do

Tour Village

When: Friday 13 to Saturday 21 January

Where: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga (North)

What: The new-look Tour Village is the heart of the action and the perfect place to meet for a drink and stay for a meal. Free to enter, it will feature ample seating, premium local food and beverage options, live entertainment and music, daily panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and a full program of family entertainment.

Cycling Expo

When: Friday 13 to Saturday 21 January

Where: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga (Centre)

What: Touch and feel the latest technology and innovations from the biggest brands in cycling. Held in an all new air-conditioned pavilion, the expo will feature a fully programmed stage for participants to learn from the experts.  

Team Zone

When: Friday 13 to Saturday 21 January

Where: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga (South)

What: For the first time in Santos Tour Down Under history, women’s and men’s teams will be showcased side by side in the team zone. Go behind the scenes to watch the mechanics work, spy your favourite rider, or attend a signing.

Team Presentations

When: Friday 13 January

Where: Tour Village / Victoria Square

What: Meet the 2023 Santos Tour Down Under riders for the first time when they are presented to the public – followed by the opening concert.

San Remo Family Tour

When: Saturday 14 January

Where: Adelaide City

What: See the champions of tomorrow take on part of the UCI WorldTour street circuit just hours before their cycling superheroes. Don’t miss the chance to get your kids or grandkids involved.

Challenge Tour

When: Friday 20 January

Where: Norwood – Campbelltown

What: Take part in the Santos Tour Down Under and ride a stage of the race just hours before the professionals. Tackle some of Adelaide’s toughest climbs and for the first time ride the Challenge Tour on closed roads.

Street Parties and activations

When: Multiple dates

Where:  Various locations – following the tour stages

What: Adelaide’s favourite high streets are set to host street parties, festivities, family days and more. Check in with your local council to find out about activations in your area to get involved with.

Trek Night Riders

When: Saturday 21 January

Where: Adelaide City

What:  Watch Australia’s best elite domestic cyclists battle it out. Grab a beer and listen to DJs for a night-time city criterium with our National Road Series best riders.

Santos Best Dressed Town

When: Friday 13 to Saturday 21 January

Where: Adelaide and surrounds

What: Open to all towns, schools, businesses and households along the race route on all stages, communities get involved in the competition to be best dressed and become part of the excitement for the first UCI WorldTour event of the year.

Group Rides

When: Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 January

Where: Leaving from Tour Village

What: A range of group rides are on offer for you to get involved in, leaving from the Tour Village daily. Visit the website for information on availability.


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