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Cycling Fans Gear up for the 2014 “Santos Tour down Under” Race in South Australia

Australia’s biggest cycling event, held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from January 19-26, attracts thousands of fans throughout the annual competition

Photo credit: Santos Tour Down Under/Graham Watson; Riders pave the way through South Australia in the annual Santos Tour Down Under race

Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA – The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from January 19-26. The week-long race brings top professional cycling teams to compete in the capital city of Adelaide, as well as iconic regions of South Australia, and proudly remains the only UCI WorldTour race in the Southern Hemisphere.

The annual cycling festival is embraced by locals and thousands of interstate and international visitors who gather in South Australia to watch their favorite riders in action. As the first race on the world cycling calendar each year, the Santos Tour Down Under attracts top professionals eager to make their mark. Tough climbs, fierce sprints and head-to-head bursts to the finish line are the exciting moments spectators travel to witness, as riders battle for the coveted Santos Ochre Leader’s Jersey.

The six-stage race takes place in several unique regions surrounding the capital city of Adelaide, recently named one of the world’s “Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2014” by Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel” 2014 guide.

The race also features new routes for the cyclists, taking in some of the state’s most stunning landscapes. They will travel nearly 500 miles during the competition, passing through many of the attractions South Australia is known for: lush vineyards, sparkling beaches, charming towns, rolling hills and natural bushland.

Visitors to South Australia can organize their own “tour down under” that incorporates scenic cycling trails located in various wine regions, including the heart of the Barossa—Australia’s most famous wine region—which links the major towns of Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston that offer panoramic views and world-renowned winemakers in between. Many other riding routes run through the best of Adelaide, as well as picturesque areas throughout the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, and McLaren Vale wine regions.

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