2018 Tour Down Under

Feel the Rush!

TDU Bunch

We’re heading back to Adelaide for the best week to be a cyclist every year.

The planned schedule is below. Late ride changes, impromptu dinners and special events (beers) will be coordinated through the SUVelo TDU Group on Facebook.

Schedule

We’re mostly about the rides. There’s a race going on too – and we’ll even see it now and then – but it’s primarily about us riding our bikes in the Best Cycling City in the Southern Hemisphere™. This truly is a week to ride, eat, sleep, and repeat.

We’ll run at least one ride per day from Sunday 14th January to Saturday 20th. Routes for the rides are now up on Strava, with regular and extended options. If you know how, then download the rides you’re interested in to your Garmin – the more people who know where they’re going the better. If you complete all the rides with extensions then you’re looking at 800+km and around 14,000m vertical for the week. #solid

Ride departure is generally 7am from Hindmarsh Square in the centre of town. Meet at 6:30am at the Mantra Hindmarsh for coffee. Start times may change if weather or race timings dictate – check in with Facebook just to be sure.

Friday’s EPIC will start at 6am to get us up Gorge Rd before it closes for the race.

Sunday

Several early arrivals are doing the Ride Like Crazy charity ride to warm-up for the week. If you’re in town before Sunday morning then join us.

The SUVelo ride will be a gentle shakedown to Glenelg or onward to Port Adelaide. Leave the Mantra at 12:30pm.

Port Adelaide: 65km, 500m: https://www.strava.com/routes/7309860

Monday

Up Montacute, Mt. Lofty, Stirling, Hahndorf (45km), Carey Gully, Knotts Hill Rd, down Norton Summit.
Extension via Mylor, then out to Glenelg for a bit off rest-day pro-spotting.

Regular: 92km, 1831m https://www.strava.com/routes/10829307
Extension: 123km, 2103m https://www.strava.com/routes/11553396

Tuesday

Up Greenhills, Lobethal, Checkers Hill, down Gorge, up Corkscrew, down Montacute.
Extension takes us to One Tree Hill (via a bit of gravel) to ride the race route back Kersbrook.

Regular: 97km, 1727m https://www.strava.com/routes/10829166
Extension: 130km, 2376m https://www.strava.com/routes/11553712

Wednesday 

Up Gorge, Paracombe, Lenswood, Hahndorf, Mylor, Stirling, down Old Freeway.
Extension around Mount Bold Road, 5km gravel

Our rides overlap with the race route a couple of times during the day, with an option to stay in Stirling to see the uphill sprint finish.

Regular: 102km, 1640m https://www.strava.com/routes/11553675
Extension: 125km, 2126m https://www.strava.com/routes/11553877

Thursday

Up Norton, Ranges, Lobethal, Carey Gully, Upper Sturt Rd, down Belair.

Recovery day for those with 400-odd km in the legs. Back in town in time for a Long Lunch.

Regular: 85km, 1704m https://www.strava.com/routes/10829391
Note: The midweek crew arrive on Wednesday night. Keep an eye on the Facebook group for longer (no lunch) options. 

Friday

All of it. Plenty of opportunities to skip the odd hill or roll back to the pub if it all gets too much.
6am start to get ahead of the race closing Gorge Rd.

Epic: 152km, 3256m https://www.strava.com/routes/4010786
Epic+ (Knotts Hill Rd + Paracombe): 158km, 3536m https://www.strava.com/routes/1155407

Saturday

McLaren Vale, Willunga.
Extension out the back of Willunga to Hahndorf.

Lots of race watching options here – see the start in McLaren Vale; watch the peloton roll through Willunga town; head out to the beaches to see the intermediate sprints; climb the hill and watch Richie Porte attack the finish; roll back down the freeway with the pro teams and 10,000 other cyclists – or climb the hill and take the ride back through Hahndorf to watch the finish in town.

Bike-path return: 116km, 1628m https://www.strava.com/routes/3266923
Long return, with strüdel: 136km, 1990m https://www.strava.com/routes/3266919