The Santos Tour Down Under is the first event on the UCI WorldTour road cycling calendar and takes place each January. The UCI WorldTour is the highest possible ranking for a cycling event, and the Santos Tour Down Under was the first event in the southern hemisphere added to the UCI WorldTour calendar. It is not only a world-class international event but a festival celebrating all things cycling and the state of South Australia. The Santos Tour Down Under offers something for everyone.
UCI stands for Union Cycliste Internationale or International Cycling Union. The UCI is the world governing body for cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events. The UCI is based in Aigle,Switzerland.
The UCI issues racing licenses to riders and enforces disciplinary rules. The UCI also manages the classification of races and the points ranking system in various cycling disciplines including mountain biking, road and track cycling. This applies to both men and women at amateur and professional levels. The UCI also oversees the World Championships.
The UCI WorldTour brings together the world’s greatest road races, including the biggest stage races of the sport: the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. The quality of the sporting show is guaranteed thanks to the participation of the best teams – and therefore the best riders – in all the UCI WorldTour events. The 19 UCI ProTeams will participate in all the events on this calendar.
Three rankings (individual, teams and nations) are calculated at the end of each UCI WorldTour event and published at the end of the event.
Mike Turtur is the Santos Tour Down Under's Race Director. He has a strong history with cycling as an Olympic Gold Medallist (1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Track Cycling, Team Pursuit) and has held this role since the inception of the race in 1999.
The Santos Tour Down Under is held annually, typically in the third week of January. The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, from 19-26 January 2014.
It is held at this time of year as this is the timeslot allocated to the event by the UCI. Being held in January makes the event the first of the UCI WorldTour calendar each year.
Generally race routes for the next Santos Tour Down Under are announced in the July prior to the race.
The first Santos Tour Down Under was held in January 1999.
All 19 UCI WorldTour teams must compete in the Santos Tour Down Under. These teams, along with the Australian National UniSA team, make up the Santos Tour Down Under peloton. The peloton consists of 140 riders, with seven riders per team.
The Santos Tour Down Under is sanctioned by the UCI
and is staged according to the UCI WorldTour guidelines.
The Santos Ochre Leader's Jersey is awarded to the rider with the fastest cumulative time at the end of each stage and to the overall winner at the end of the race. The ochre colour was introduced in 2006, a colour which is strongly associated with Australia and is unique to the Santos Tour Down Under.
There are six stages in the Santos Tour Down Under, which is preceded by the People's Choice Classic.
The People’s Choice Classic is a closed circuit road race. It is held as a preview to the six stages of the Santos Tour Down Under. Riders do not receive UCI points in this circuit race. Find out more about the 2014 People's Choice Classic.
The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will travel through 52 towns in metropolitan and regional South Australia.
The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will travel 815.5 kilometers throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia. This distance increases to 865.5 kilometers with the inclusion of the People’s Choice Classic.
Official 2014 Santos Tour Down Under merchandise will be available to purchase online before the event and onsite during the event at the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and at all start and finish locations.
Depending on how you want to get involved with the event you can join the Santos Festival of Cycling and attend the many associated events happening around South Australia, ride in the ŠKODA Breakaway Series, volunteer and become part of the team that puts on this great event, become a VIP or glam up and attend the Legends' Night Dinner.
Yes! The ŠKODA Breakaway Series lets riders of all ages and abilities ride an exclusive part of the Santos Tour Down Under race routes. The Bupa Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser lets you ride a full stage or part of the official Bupa Stage 4 route and the Bupa mini tour for kids presented by University of South Australia lets children aged 6-12 ride a section of the Stage 6 circuit.
Volunteers play a vital part in the running of the Santos Tour Down Under. Joining the Santos Tour Down Under team as a volunteer is a great way to experience an international sporting event first hand. Roles are broad and varied. Read more about the volunteer options available.
Yes, the Santos Tour Down Under will be telecast on television in Australia and around the world. Telecast times are published on the Santos Tour Down Under website when confirmed..
The Santos Tour Down Under is owned and managed by the Government of South Australia on behalf of all South Australians.
The Santos Tour Down Under is partially funded by the South Australian Government, with all other revenue generated through corporate partnerships, valuable event sponsors and sales from associated events.
The 2013 Santos Tour Down Under generated $43.6m in economic benefit for South Australia.
The 2013 Santos Tour Down Under attracted 760,494 spectators and 40,016 event specific visitors. Event specific visitors are those visitors who have travelled to South Australia from interstate and overseas specifically to attend the Santos Tour Down Under.
Twelve months of planning, negotiations, operational logistics and technical racing requirements by the Race Director and event team determine where the Santos Tour Down Under will travel.
The Santos Tour Down Under welcomes expressions of interest from host councils and regional towns in South Australia interested in being involved with future events. Contact the Event Manager
from the Santos Tour Down Under team for more information. All towns involved with the Santos Tour Down Under are no more than a 1.5 hour drive from the city of Adelaide.