Thousands of cyclists take on the challenge

25 January 2013

Amateur cyclists will pave the way for the professionals today as the 2013 Bupa Challenge Tour kicks off Bupa Stage 4 of the Santos Tour Down Under.

More than 6,500 cyclists will ride this stage of a UCI World Tour event. Riders chose to complete the full 127 kilometre route, or shorter legs including the new family-friendly 20 kilometre option.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the Bupa Challenge Tour appealed to everyone from serious recreational cyclists to families and corporate teams.

“This year we have introduced a shorter 20 kilometre option for the Bupa Challenge Tour to allow more families and beginners to get involved,” Minister Bignell said.

“The Bupa Challenge Tour is the only public ride of its kind where amateurs can ride on the same route as the professionals on the same day of the UCI World Tour race.

“It’s fantastic to see so many keen cyclists taking part in this great event, which is all about aiming for your personal best and having a great time.”

The Bupa Stage 4 of the Santos Tour Down Under begins in Modbury at 11am and finishes in Tanunda about 2.15pm.

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 around Bupa Stage 4 feature South Australia’s premium food and wine. Highlights include the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre at Rowland Flat, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop at Nuriootpa, Hentley Farm at Seppeltsfield and Kingsford Homestead.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

BikeExchange.com.au Stage 3

Winner: Tom Jelte Slagter

Spectators: 100,000

Santos Best Dressed Town: Stirling

Santos Ochre Jersey Leader: Geraint Thomas

TODAY’S RACING ACTION

BUPA Stage 4

Route: Modbury to Tanunda

Start: 11.00am

Finish: 2.15 approx

Distance: 126.5 kilometres

Highlights:

- Jayco Sprint Locations: Melrose Street, Mt Pleasant, near the hotel, and Main Street

Springton, near the Springton Hotel

- ŠKODA King of the Mountain: Kersbrook Road, Kersbrook

- Powerade Hydration Station: Shannon Street, Birdwood

- Bupa Challenge Tour, presented by The Advertiser

TODAY’S SANTOS FESTIVAL OF CYCLING ACTIVITY

Tour@The Park

9.30am – 12.00pm, Civic Park Modbury

After watching the Bupa Challenge Tour participants depart, get ready to welcome the main peloton for the Bupa Stage 4 start in the beautiful surrounds of Civic Park. With art displays, live entertainment, food stalls and competitions you’re in for a morning of fun and entertainment.

The Barossa Council Celebrations

10.00am – 3.00pm, Murray St Tanunda

Celebrate Bupa Stage 4 at the Barossa family fun day with a carnival atmosphere featuring entertainment, kids’ activities, roving commentator, food stalls and competitions in the lead up to the thrilling Stage finish at 2:13pm.

Love Velo

5.30pm – 9.30pm, McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, McLaren Vale

Whether you’re in town for Jayco Stage 5 or looking for something to do after finishing the Bupa Challenge Tour, come to LOVE VELO to enjoy great jazz, delicious food and sensational wines! With special guest Anna Meares making an appearance, a garden competition/exhibition, sumptuous food and wine and live music and cooking demonstrations there is something to entertain the whole family.

TODAY’S TELEVISION COVERAGE

Catch the action LIVE on GEM from 12.00pm and tune into Channel 9 Adelaide at 10.30pm for all of the day’s highlights.

The race will also be streamed live on ninemsn.com.au in line with the telecast times.

The Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 20-27 January 2013.

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