Cyclists in the Santos Tour Down Under will face one of their biggest challenges today in the ŠKODA King of the Mountain finish to Jayco Stage 5 of the race.
McLaren Vale is preparing to welcome thousands of spectators for the stage, with cellar doors, restaurants and markets offering race-goers the chance to sample local wines and produce.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the ŠKODA Old Willunga Hill King of the Mountain finish was one of the most exhilarating stages of the event.
“This climb is a chance for the world’s best riders to stamp their authority on the Santos Tour Down Under,” Minister Bignell said.
“Fans have a fantastic opportunity to watch these athletes in action and I urge locals and visitors alike to come out and cheer them on.”
Today’s Santos Festival of Cycling calendar boasts plenty to keep all fans entertained, with the Peloton Picnic in Willunga and Beach Party at Aldinga Beach just some of the great activities on offer.
“The southern stage of the Santos Tour Down Under showcases some of South Australia’s best scenery,” Minister Bignell said.
“From the rolling hills to vineyards, coastal cliffs and beaches, it is a spectacular setting from which to witness this UCI World Tour event.”
Today’s stage comes ahead of this evening’s Legends’ Night Dinner, which will see cycling legends Andy Schleck, Philippe Gilbert, Anna Meares and Bernard Hinault honoured at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 7.30pm.
“Fans who are attending will hear stories from these remarkable riders and share in celebrating their many achievements,” Minister Bignell said.
A new initiative, World Detours Down Under, was introduced for the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under and encourages visitors to plan their time around the race.
Detours highlights around Jayco Stage 5 feature some of South Australia’s premium food and wine experiences including the Star of Greece at Port Willunga and the Red Poles cafe and art gallery at McLaren Vale, along with Victor Harbor’s Big Duck Boat Tours and Adelaide Biplanes.
Bupa Stage 4
Winner: Andre Greipel
Santos Best Dressed Town: Williamstown
Santos Ochre Jersey Leader: Geraint Thomas
TODAY’S RACING ACTION
Jayco Stage 5
Route: McLaren Vale to Old Willunga
Finish: 3.00pm (approx)
Distance: 151.5 kilometres
- Jayco Sprint Location: The Esplanade, Aldinga Beach (Snapper Point)
- ŠKODA King of the Mountain: Old Willunga Hill Road, Willunga Hill
- Powerade Hydration Station: Main Road, Willunga, at Kell Street
TODAY’S SANTOS FESTIVAL OF CYCLING ACTIVITY
Legends’ Night Dinner
7:30pm – midnight
Location: Adelaide Convention Centre
Rolling out the red carpet and giving cycling fans the chance to glam up and celebrate, the Legends’ Night Dinner has become a cycling social institution. The evening focusses on honouring the world’s cycling greats and letting fans be a part of the celebration.
9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Cnr Main Rd and Aldersey St, McLaren Vale
Enjoy a craft and culture art market along with some great music.
Piazza della Vale
9:00am – 12noon
Location: Town Hall, Main Road, McLaren Vale
Don’t miss Piazza della Vale offering live entertainment, a ‘Meet Your Maker’ scarecrow display and food and drink stalls.
10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Ellis Park, Cnr Main Rd and Aldersey St, McLaren Vale
Be at the start and don’t miss a minute of the action. Enjoy free family activities and entertainment while watching the race live on a giant TV screen at beautiful Ellis Park.
10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: The Old Courthouse Grounds, High Street Willunga
Bring your rug and claim a spot in the shade and then relax and enjoy a day of cycling action, free family activities and entertainment.
Race Day – Double the reason to celebrate
10:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Willunga Township
Willunga Township will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the event and Jayco Stage 5 in Australian style with trackside entertainment including live race coverage on the giant TV screen and roving entertainment.
Queen Stage Finish
10:00am – 3:30pm
Location: Old Willunga Hill Road, Willunga Hill
There’s no need to lose your spot on the hill, with food and drink stalls providing everything you will need to enjoy the race from one of the best vantage points of the day.
The Beach Party
10:30am – 3:00pm
Location: Snapper Point Esplanade, Aldinga Beach
With children’s entertainment and activities including a bouncy castle, face painting, market stalls and food and drink stalls, sit back, enjoy the music and watch as the riders race past and chase Jayco Sprint points.
TODAY’S TELEVISION COVERAGE
Watch Jayco Stage 5 LIVE on Channel 9 from 11.00am and tune into Channel 9 Adelaide at 10.00pm for all of the day’s highlights.
The race will also be streamed live on ninemsn.com.au in line with the telecast times.
Visit www.tourdownunder.com.au for all event information and race details.