The Santos Tour Down Under is the first stop for the world’s best cycling teams and riders, and is the opening event of the UCI WorldTour.
First held in 1999, the Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere.
This 11-day event brings UCI WorldTour professional cycling (male) 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. The event also plays host to a UCI Women’s 2.1-grade event (one level below Women’s World Tour status), which also attracts the cream of female cycling to Adelaide.
The Santos Tour Down Under is also home to the largest Festival of Cycling in the southern hemisphere, with a range of associated events, mass-participation rides for kids and adults through the Subaru Breakaway Series, street parties and live music combining to create a massive party atmosphere across South Australia.
The Santos Tour Down Under 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 showcases South Australia to the world through global television coverage.