The Strava Challenge is on for keen cyclists

08 November 2012

The Santos Tour Down Under and Strava have joined forces to offer Australia’s recreational cyclists the chance to challenge themselves on climbs around the nation.

Riders can choose from seven segment rides that together make up Strava’s Santos Tour Down Under Pre-Tour Challenges, with those who complete a challenge between November 7 and December 5 eligible to win great prizes.

Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur said the promotion was ideal for those planning to tackle the Bupa Challenge Tour on January 25 next year.

“Each year thousands of people enter the Bupa Challenge Tour and are able to ride a stage of the Santos Tour Down Under on the same day as the world’s best cyclists,” Mr Turtur said.

“Now is the time to build strength and endurance for the Bupa Challenge Tour, and measuring your performance on tough local climbs is a great way to do just that.”

The top two male and female cyclists in each state who take part in Strava’s Santos Tour Down Under Pre-Tour Challenges will receive entry to the Bupa Challenge Tour, along with a Santos Tour Down Under merchandise pack.

Riders who finish in third place will also win prizes, with the rider who logs the most attempts to receive a Strava cycling pack.

Santos Tour Down Under Facebook fans and Twitter followers will be able to stay up-to-date with top times logged for segments.

“There’s plenty of friendly competition out there among recreational cyclists, and what better way to stamp your authority on a well-known local climb than to get out and take part in this challenge,” Mr Turtur said.

“I wish everyone taking part the best of luck and look forward to blistering times on every segment involved.”

Strava lets you track your rides and runs via your iPhone, Android or dedicated GPS device to analyze and quantify your performance. Strava makes fitness a social experience, providing motivation and camaraderie even if you’re exercising alone.

Strava’s Santos Tour Down Under Pre-Tour challenges are as follows:

Sydney – Akuna climb (2.7kms)
Melbourne – 1 in 20 (6.4kms)
Hobart – Bonnet Hill (2.3kms)
Perth – Welshpool Hill (3.9kms)
Canberra – Mt Ainslie (2.6kms)
Adelaide – Corkscrew Road (2.4kms)
Brisbane – Mt Coot-tha Back (2.1kms)

The Santos Tour Down Under will be held from January 20 to 27 next year.

Visit the Santos Tour Down Under for more information.

Media contacts:
Michele D’Aloia on +61 417 837 869
Alex Weaver on +61 428 925 736

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