Best of Barossa at Santos Tour Down Under
23 December 2013
Locals and visitors can sample the best of the Barossa when Stage 1 of the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under rolls into on Tuesday, January 21.
From community parades to long lunches showcasing Barossa fare, the region will capitalise on both a race start and finish for 14th instalment of the world-famous cycling race.The event returns to Nuriootpa for the first time since its inception in 1999, with three laps of the Barossa and a gruelling Mengler’s Hill climb just 14 kilometres from the finish line in Angaston.
The pre-race action begins on Monday as Cycling SA and Cycling Australia present a showcase of women’s cycling for the second stage of the Santos Women’s Cup. Starting and finishing in Angaston, Australia’s elite female cyclists will provide some action-packed competition as they ride laps two and three of the first stage.Nuriootpa will celebrate race day from 8.30am Tuesday with a community breakfast and ‘Meet the Riders’ parade ahead of the race start at 11am. Other activities include competitions, art exhibition, skate park youth zone, scavenger hunt, children’s entertainment and music.
Seppeltsfield Road will host a variety of cellar door brunches and long table lunches, while Greenock will recreate a French village atmosphere with an artisans market in the village square and Tanunda will install a pop-up art and tasting market.Angaston will host ‘A Day at the Races’ with a carnival atmosphere throughout the morning, a family friendly precinct in Memorial Park and great spectator viewing as riders loop Angaston three times.
The thrill of the chase to the finish line will take place at 2.40pm followed by podium presentations, live music and refreshments on the Village Green.
The race action heads to southern Barossa on Thursday, January 23 with viewing points at Williamstown, Springton and Mount Pleasant for Stage 3 Norwood to Campbelltown.
Barossa Mayor Brian Hurn expects the multiplier effect of the local stage will again provide a great economic boost for the region.
“The Barossa has proven it knows how to host both a stage start and finish in style, and we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for a field of first-class competitors and their supporters,” he said.
Contacts: Cathy Wills 0412 214 844; Heidi Helbig 0408 837 776; Bim Lange 0499 500 350