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Experience the vibrant food culture and the beautiful Adelaide Hills whilst we ride the stages just like the pros, and catch the action of the tour up close with track side viewing under the shade of the FC Sports & Events marquee while you enjoy lunch.
Each day guests will have the opportunity to ride the challenging stages on offer, so a good level of fitness is recommended. Optional rest days or shorter rides can also be offered for those who want to take it a bit easier. All riders will have a mechanical support vehicle and riding guide team throughout the tour.
If you find the thought of the ride too daunting, a spectator option is available where you will have the chance to cheer on the pros in key moments of the Tour Down Under race and experience the gorgeous Adelaide Hills surroundings at their best with plenty of free time.
This tour is packed with the local festival atmosphere that is the week long Santos Tour Down Under 2018.
* Membership must be valid for the current year and member number advised to the travel manager at time of booking.
Full payment due at time of booking
On arrival into Adelaide, you will be greeted by a Flight Centre Sports & Events representative and transferred by vehicle to your hotel for check-in.
Although check-in is not until 2pm you will be able to store your bags at the hotel and have access to an area to assemble your bike. We recommend that all guests arrive into Adelaide before 12pm.
Once all the bikes are assembled we will have a leisurely ride to test the bikes and get familiar with riding in Adelaide. This evening we will be track side to watch the women’s and men’s races around the fast city circuit.
Today is a rest day for the male pro riders but not for us!
After breakfast we will load the bikes and your overnight packs onto the coach and secure bike trailer to travel to the Barossa Valley. The Barossa Valley is regarded as one of the world’s leading wine and food regions.
Today we will explore the Barossa Valley and its vineyards by bike before returning to the Novotel Barossa to freshen up before our group dinner.
After breakfast we will split into 2 groups (Long and Medium) and depart from the hotel by bike.
The long group will ride back to Adelaide along the race route stopping at the Subaru KOM to watch the riders battle it out for Subaru KOM points before we hop back on the bikes to ride back to the Pullman Adelaide.
The medium group will ride the final circuit of the course where we will stop at the finish line area to watch the completion of the race. The bus will transport all riders and non riders back to the Crowne Plaza.
After a leisurely breakfast we will depart the hotel on our bikes and ride the scenic Stage 2.
In the afternoon we will transfer/ride back to the hotel and you will have the evening at your leisure.
Today we depart after a leisurely breakfast by bike to the seaside suburb of Glenelg to watch the start of Stage 3.
After the race has departed we will continue on our daily ride.
This evening we will have our FC Sports & Events private group pasta dinner at the Pullman Adelaide Hotel.
Various start times and locations depending on distance:
The big day has arrived to take part in the Bupa Challenge Tour!
Choose your distance and we’ll get you to the start line where you will ride to Uraidla which is located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Once you have finished there will be time to unwind at the finish line festival and enjoy some food and drinks. A bus transfer will take us all back to the hotel for some well-deserved rest and relaxation after the race has finished.
A day to rest those legs and enjoy the festival atmosphere at the Stage 5 vantage point.
You will have the morning to sleep in and enjoy a lazy breakfast before our bus transfer picks you up to take you to Willunga Hill.
Afternoon transfer back to the hotel before our final group dinner including 2 course meal and drinks.
Check-out of the Pullman Adelaide.
If you are on an evening flight you can store your bags with the concierge and wander down to the final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under an exciting, fast-paced city circuit.
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