About the Santos Tour Down Under
The Santos Tour Down Under is a major event under the:
Major Events Act 2013
Major Events (Santos Tour Down Under 2016) Regulations 2015
As the first stop on the world cycling calendar, the Santos Tour Down Under kicks off the cycling year in exhilarating style.
The Santos Tour Down Under was first held in 1999 and has grown year on year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.
This nine-day event brings top UCI WorldTour professional cycling teams to race on the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia each January. Up for grabs are important UCI points and the Santos Ochre Leader’s Jersey.
In 2008 the Santos Tour Down Under joined the prestigious UCI WorldTour and was the first event outside cycling's traditional home of Europe to do so. The UCI WorldTour brings together the most prestigious teams and the best riders in the world to compete in the best races.
Some of the very best in road cycling have competed at the Santos Tour Down Under during its seventeen-year history. Tour de France winners Oscar Pereiro, Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre have all raced in Adelaide, alongside Aussie legends Simon Gerrans, Stuart O’Grady, Robbie McEwen, Cadel Evans and Allan Davis.
Not just a bike race, the Santos Tour Down Under is a festival of cycling, with a range of associated events and festivals that create a massive party atmosphere across South Australia. Amateur cyclists can also get involved in the action through the Subaru Breakaway Series, which gives people the chance to ride part of the UCI WorldTour race route.
The Santos Tour Down Under invites the whole state to the party by taking the race through South Australian regions. The race typically starts and concludes with exciting Adelaide city street circuits, with stages 1-5 being held in regional South Australia. The Santos Tour Down Under provides a significant contribution to the state's tourism industry and showcases the attractions of South Australia to the world through global television coverage.
The Santos Tour Down Under is owned and managed by Events South Australia, a division of the South Australian Tourism Commission, on behalf of the South Australian Government.
Australian Event Awards - 2016 Best Sporting Event
In 2016, the Santos Tour Down Under received the award for the Best Sporting Event at the Australian Event Awards.
Events South Australia General Manager Hitaf Rasheed confirmed that last night the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under had been named Best Sporting Event as well as South Australia taking back to back honours as best state or territory in Australia for events.
“This is wonderful recognition for South Australia and the Santos Tour Down Under as Australia’s premier cycling festival, that continues to delight South Australians and visitors alike,” Ms Rasheed said.
The Santos Tour Down Under is often a hot topic for student assignments throughout the year.
The Santos Tour Down Under team receives hundreds of emails and phone calls every year from people seeking statistics and general event information.
Download the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under student information here.
The Santos Tour Down Under Honour Roll 1999 to 2015 is a history of the cycling champions who came and conquered.
Download a copy of the Honour Roll.