Official Media Release from the Santos Tour Down Under

Despite best efforts, it is with regret we announce that the Santos Tour Down Under will not go ahead in 2021. Cycling will however still be ever present in the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia, with a smaller domestic cycling festival to take its place in January 2021.
The Santos Tour Down Under is an important event for South Australia, and accordingly it was necessary to consider fully, the possibility of delivering a safe, responsible and successful event for South Australia, event partners, the UCI and the teams in 2021. “The Santos Tour Down Under is a much-loved event on the world cycling and Australian sporting calendars and we know how important this event is to the people of South Australia. It is for that reason we have done all we can to consider how we can deliver it, but unfortunately in the end it was the international component, with over 400 people that make up the international teams, that proved to be the most difficult to overcome” says Executive Director, Events South Australia Hitaf Rasheed.
“We have worked with our stakeholders, SA Health and SA Police to create a successful strategy to bring the international event to South Australia. However, the complexities and risks involved with quarantining and international border closures have ultimately proved too much to ask of some of the teams, who have endured a stressful, challenging and compressed 2020 season that will run later than normal, ” said Ms. Rasheed.
“Accordingly, the Santos Tour Down Under with international races will not run in 2021 but we assure everyone it will return to South Australia and the start of the UCI’s world cycling calendars in January 2022, with the full support of the UCI.”

Watch this space for news on our 2022 Santos Tour Down Under packages

Our tour program will ensure you maximise every moment at the Santos Tour Down Under. You will not only have an amazing time on the bike, but you'll also have an awesome experience off the bike. Having been involved in the TDU for so many years we understand what our guests want from their time at the event. Sure, everyone wants to ride their bikes through some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia, but there is also so much to do and see off the bike.

Rather than only offering you a limited choice of tour options, we allow you to choose the tour package that is right for you and your budget. Our 9 and 8 day tours also offer you the option of staying at the Official Santos Tour Down Under hotel, the Hilton Adelaide. Imagine catching the lift at the end of the day with some of the world's best cyclists and talking to them about their day!

But if you'd prefer to save some money on accommodation you can also select a 4 Star hotel or a 3 Star hotel, all located in the Adelaide CBD, or even find your own accommodation.

So, choose your package, add additional experiences or products to your cart and build your own tailored tour.

But spots are limited and will fill up fast.

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With the restrictions on travel as a result of COVID-19 we have expanded our list of Cycling Tours within Australia. Plus, if you book a tour and can’t travel due to COVID-19 travel restrictions we will provide you with a full refund.

“I’m so thankful to have met Bade more than 5 years ago when his company Connect Sport were running the Beat Cancer Tour (BCT) that they had created as the official charity ride of the UCI Tour Down Under in South Australia. Apart from being a really nice guy he’s also an awesome rider and a brilliant planner, encourager, facilitator and coach. The planning, support, skill development and safety of the two BCT events I participated in were top shelf. In 2018 I also went on a Connect Sport tour to Japan and this has been a highlight of my overseas cycling tours. It was the cultural engagement with the Japanese that was as amazing as the incredible cycling. Bade is definitely an expert cycling tour operator and I am absolutely delighted to recommend him and his company Connect Sport”

David Baker