Adelaide is about to go cycle-crazy with the start of the 9-day Tour Down Under 2015 this weekend! Local residents will dust off their bikes for the opportunity to be part of one of the biggest international events on Australia’s calendar.
The Tour Down Under was first held in South Australia in 1999 and is now recognised as a UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale, world body for cycling) ProTour Event.
Similar to the Tour de France, the Tour Down Under is an annual international cycling race bringing the top UCI WorldTour professional cycling teams to compete for UCI points and the winning jersey. The race takes place along streets in Adelaide and regional South Australia.
Headquarters for the Tour Down Under, or the Adelaide City Council Tour Village, can be found in Victoria Square in the centre of Adelaide. Over the years cycling has increased in popularity in South Australia with many South Australian Government Schools now offering it as a sport or Special Interest Program. See the list of schools below.
The event opens this weekend starting with a Bike Expo at the Village on Saturday 17 January where you can see all of the latest cycling gear, meet famous cycling teams and get autographs. On Sunday, the cycling begins early with the People’s Choice Classic – a 51km circuit through Adelaide’s parklands. The first race event stage starts on Tuesday 20 January in Tanunda.
Check out all of the race stages, start times, distances, locations and maps on the Tour Down Under website
Being more than a bike race, the Tour Down Under is a festival of cycling with plenty of other events to get involved in, including opportunities for amateur cyclists to ride part of the UCI WorldTour race route.
Being the last week of the school holidays, make sure you get involved with one of the biggest events in South Australia!
Due to the popularity of cycling in South Australia, many of our schools have started to include it as an option in their curriculum as a Special Interest Program or as a sport.
Special Interest Program
Located near the Adelaide Super-Drome, Roma Mitchell Secondary College offers Cycling as a Special Interest Program. Students must meet some select criteria to gain entry into the program where they will learn the sport of cycling, gain a Certification II in Sport and Recreation, first aid certification and undertake accredited courses in coaching and technical organisation.
The following schools offer cycling as part of their school sports program:
- Brighton Secondary School
- Hamilton Secondary College
- Heathfield High School
- Marryatville High School
- Unley High School
- Wirreanda Secondary School
For international students wanting to know more about cycling in these schools, or any other programs, please contact the International Education Services office at firstname.lastname@example.org