16 - 24 Jan 2016, Adelaide

Ride Guide and FAQs

Bupa Challenge Tour riders line up in 2015

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the Bupa Challenge Tour.

What is the Bupa Challenge Tour?

The Bupa Challenge Tour is the official recreation ride of the Santos Tour Down Under. The event allows participants to ride Stage 4 of the Santos Tour Down Under just hours before the professionals hit the road.

The official Bupa Challenge Tour Ride Guide contains all the information about the 2015 event including start locations, checking in, ride options, training tips, car parking, transport, photographs, refreshment stations and more!

The handbook also includes information on rider etiquette, riding in a group, South Australian road rules and emergency procedures to help you enjoy the ride safely.

View the 2015 Bupa Challenge Tour Ride Guide

When is the ride?

The 2015 Bupa Challenge Tour was held on Friday 23 January. The 2016 event date and start locations will be announced later this year. To stay up to date and be the first to know, sign up to our e-news

How do I register?

Registrations for the 2015 Bupa Challenge Tour have now closed. Registrations for the 2016 event will open later this year.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry fees for the 2016 event will be released later this year. 

What is the minimum and maximum age to ride?

There is no minimum age for riders, however no child under the age of 16 should be riding without the supervision of an adult. There is no maximum age for riders participating in the ride, however please make sure that you are riding to your fitness and have plenty of water.

When do entries for the Bupa Challenge Tour close?

Registrations closed at 5pm Wednesday 14 January 2015, Australian Central Standard time.

Does the registration fee cover personal insurance?

No. Event Management recommends that all cyclists insure themselves for Personal Accident and Ambulance Cover.

You are strongly advised to watch the weather forecast prior to the event and bring appropriate clothing and sun protection with you. The latest weather information can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology Website

How do I get ready to take on my chosen ride option?

Training and nutrition information can be found here

Mechanical preparation information can be found here.

Can I change my entry distance?

Yes. Please send an email with your registration booking number and your enquiry to breakawayseries@tourism.sa.com.

If I haven’t registered as a member of a team, can I still ride in a group?

Yes, but your team name will not be printed on your jersey.

If I have changed my mind or cannot ride on the day, can I receive a refund?

Advance refunds have now closed. However, if you are able to e-mail a medical certificate to breakawayseries@tourism.sa.com your refund application will be reviewed.

Can I transfer my registration to another rider?

Yes. Please email breakawayseries@tourism.sa.com with your BZ booking number and the details of the new rider including: First Name, Surname, dob, gender, medical conditions, dietary requirements and emergency name and contact details.

What happens if the event is called off due to the weather?

If the Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecasts the temperature to be 40 degrees Celsius or above the ride will be automatically cancelled. If the temperature is between 36 degrees Celsius and 39 degrees Celsius inclusive, event management will consider other extreme weather factors and determine if the event will be cancelled or modified. In the event of this happening, SMS and email messages will be sent to all participants at 6.00pm Thursday 22 January and/or 6.00am Friday 23 January.

What should I bring with me on the ride?

You should bring with you additional food and sports nutrition, sunscreen, spare warm clothing, rain jacket, sunglasses, a puncture repair kit, spare inner tubes, pump, rear tail light, fully charged and working mobile phone, and water bottles/carriers and some money.

How will my start position be determined?

A participant’s start position will be determined by the “Speed Group” selected during the registration process. Speed groups will then be arranged in the starting area from fastest to slowest.

The Speed Groups are:

10km per hour

15km per hour

20km per hour

25km per hour

30km per hour

40km per hour

What type of bike can I ride?

Riders are free to choose whichever style of bike they are most comfortable with. Suggestions for bike choices may include road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes, hybrid bikes and cross bikes.

To ensure rider safety and satisfaction participants must ensure bikes are well maintained throughout the Bupa Challenge Tour.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. When cycling in South Australia, you must wear an approved bicycle helmet that is properly adjusted and securely fastened. Your bicycle helmet must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZ2063, which will appear on the helmet, and shops must not sell or offer bicycle helmets for sale unless they meet this standard. This also applies to any passenger that you may have on your bicycle.

Will I be riding on closed roads?

No, the ride will be on open roads for the majority of the time.

South Australia Police will be escorting all riders from the start for a short distance. However this escort does NOT represent a road closure and riders MUST obey all normal road rules, including stopping at any red traffic signals, railway crossings, stop signs, riding two abreast and obeying the instructions of SAPOL or any Bupa Challenge Tour official or marshal.

However, during the ride the Southern Expressway will be closed to traffic. No cyclists will be able to enter until the official lead vehicle has entered first. After the ride, the expressway will be closed to all cyclists.

What should I wear during the event?

As part of your registration you will receive a Bupa Challenge Tour 2015 official event jersey which is compulsory to wear. We also recommend cycling knicks, a hat and sunglasses.

Where/when do I collect my Bupa Challenge Tour Event Jersey?

Pre event check-in will be available in the Adelaide City Council Tour Village located in Victoria Square.

At the times listed below you will be able to collect your Jersey and ID tag.

Remember to bring evidence of your booking and payment with you, such as your official email/letter of confirmation, and photo identification.

Saturday 17 January

3pm to 6pm

Sunday 18 January

From 9am to 2pm

Monday 19 January

From 9am to 6pm

Thursday 22 January

From 12.30pm to 7pm (interstate & international visitors only)

How does my ride get timed?

All riders will be given an ID tag, which should be attached to their bike. This will record rider times crossing the start line, check points and the finish line to give an accurate active riding time. If riders do not cross the start or finish mat they will not receive a time. All times will be available post event. 

Please note: Although times are recorded, the Bupa Challenge Tour is not a race.

All 2015 ride times can be viewed on the Bupa Cycling website

Can I collect my Jersey and ID tag at the start location?

Individual riders may collect their jersey and ID tag at their chosen start location.

A team representative must collect all team jerseys at either the Saturday, Sunday or Monday pre event check-in sessions and distribute prior to the event.

What happens if my jersey is the wrong size?

The event has ordered jerseys based upon your specified size at the time of registration. Please ensure you select the correct size when you order. Details regarding jersey swaps will be available closer to the 2016 event date. 

What time do I have to be at the starting location?

Starting times vary depending on your chosen start location. Start times for the 2016 event will be released later this year. 

How do I get to the start location?

Get to your Bupa Challenge Tour start location with your bike by pre-booked coach transfer. All buses will leave from the Torrens Parade Ground which is located on the corner of Victoria Drive and King William Road, Adelaide.

Coach transfers can be booked via the website and will shuttle both rider and bike to the Willunga, Mount Compass and Macclesfield start locations. There will also be a transfer from the finish line at Mount Barker back to the city.**Please note this year there will be no coach to the Glenelg start as it is an 12km downhill ride from the Adelaide City. 

Please see the Coach Transfers page or the Official Bupa Challenge Tour Ride Guide for more information.

Will there be storage at the start locations?

Yes. There will be cloakrooms at each start location where you can deposit a small bag of spare clothing which will be transferred to the finish line for collection.

What happens if I breakdown or have an accident?

In the event of an accident or breakdown, officials will endeavour to transport you and your bike to the nearest refreshment station or the finish line where you may receive medical or mechanical assistance.

You can also call 08 8463 4760 for roadside pick-up during the ride.

Will there be places to stop and refresh along the ride?

Yes. There will be refreshment stations set up along the route where water, Powerade and toilets will be provided.

Nangkita and Strathalbyn will also have snacks to replenish your energy.

Refreshment stops will be located at: 

Old Noarlunga

Sellicks Hill






Mount Barker

All riders must start the race with at least two 750ml water bottles and/or a hydration pack, along with snacks for the ride.

What happens at the end of the ride?

After riders have completed their personal challenge they can enjoy food, water, Powerade, shaded areas and massages. The Santos Tour Down Under presentations will take place at approximately 3.40pm (subject to change depending on the progress of the professional cyclists).

Will there be photos of the race and certificates available?

Yes. Marathon-photos.com will be taking official photos en-route and at the finish line. All photos, along with race certificates, will be available to order from Friday 30 January 2015.

You can view and order photos of the 2015 event on Marathon-Photos.com. Search for your photo by participant name or identification number.  

Is there a phone number I can ring to talk directly to someone from Bupa Challenge Tour?

Yes, you can call (08) 8463 4679 or contact the team at breakawayseries@tourism.sa.com.

Bupa Challenge Tour
Training and nutritional tips

The Bupa Cycling Zone is designed to provide cyclists with health, nutrition and training advice to help prepare for the ride.

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