Budding cycling stars can seize their moment to shine by taking part in the Bupa mini tour for kids next January.
The event, part of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under, is presented by UniSA and will be held on January 27 along the Adelaide City Council Street Circuit from King William Road to Elder Park.
Minister for Tourism, Gail Gago said children aged between six and 12 could enter the Bupa mini tour for kids.
“This great event gives young riders the chance to use the UCI WorldTour track, just like their cycling heroes,” Ms Gago said.
“Mini tour participants will ride along the start/finish straight of the street circuit only hours before the world’s elite cyclists battle it out on the final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.
“There is always a great atmosphere for the youngsters as they’re cheered on by family, friends and cycling fans enjoying their time in Adelaide.”
Bupa mini tour for kids entrants will be split into age groups, with each allocated 20 minutes to ride as many laps of the special track as they can.
Entry is $30 per child and includes exclusive access to the Stage 6 Adelaide City Council Street Circuit, a special Bupa mini tour for kids t-shirt to wear while riding, refreshments and a gift bag.
Ms Gago said children needed a bike in good condition, an Australian Standards-approved helmet and permission from their parent or guardian to participate.
“In 2013 the Santos Tour Down Under will celebrate its 15th anniversary, and what better way for children to enjoy the occasion than by riding part of the official course?” she said.
“The Bupa mini tour for kids caters for all abilities, from those just starting out on a bike to older children who enjoy longer rides with their families.
“South Australia has a large and passionate cycling community and I encourage our youngest riders to be part of the action when the southern hemisphere’s largest cycling event returns.”
The 2013 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from January 20 to 27.
Visit the Santos Tour Down Under website for more information.