Australia's Greatest Cycling Event, Tour Down Under to Push Off in Hahndorf

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Excitement is mounting for January 16, 2020, when the popular and electrifying Santos Women’s Tour Down Under is set kick off with an official start in the Main Street of Hahndorf.

The annual Australian Santos Tour Down Under is known to be the paramount Australian cycling event of the year and is one of the largest and most-followed bike races held in the southern hemisphere.

"We expect there to be around 2,500 people in Hahndorf bursting with excitement whilst patiently waiting for the women’s race to open the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under event.”

“The entire Hahndorf village community and the Adelaide Hills region will get behind this wonderful international sporting event. Expect to see a brightly decorated Main Street and lots of buzz," said Mount Barker’s Tourism Development Manager –  Andy Glen.

"If you get into Hahndorf early you will be able to enjoy a free breakfast hosted by the Hahndorf Lions and live local entertainment from 8:00am at the start of Stage 1. Then line the start and prepare to cheer on the women as they tackle the first stage of the gruelling course."

Once the peloton races out of Hahndorf take a stroll down our beautiful shady, historic and charming Main Street and explore the Hahndorf galleries, shops and eateries.

On Wednesday 22 January the Santos Tour Down Under men will briefly also ride through Hahndorf after an Adelaide Hills start earlier that day at 11am in Woodside.

During this event period, there will be multiple rolling road closures across the Adelaide Hills region, so be sure to check on the Tour Down Under website for more information to plan alternative routes when necessary.

With this event taking place in the school holidays, this makes for the perfect opportunity for a summer family getaway to explore the beautiful Adelaide Hills.

Following the recent devastating Adelaide Hills bushfires, local councils, are committed to seeing the Santos Tour Down Under run through the region. The councils and government are working hard to ensure the routes are safe so both the men’s and women’s races can go ahead as planned.

Everyone agrees the most significant thing we can do at this time is to promote that the Adelaide Hills are open for business, to promote the region and encourage people to travel into and support the region. 

Stay safe and enjoy!