Head for the Hills: Santos Tour Down Under

This January sees the return of the Santos Tour Down Under, a nine day festival of cycling encompassing 17 UCI World Teams, 62 South Australian towns, and 832 kilometres of racing. The Adelaide Hills are a big feature in this internationally acclaimed event, with the race passing through our townships across six days of competition.

The highlight of the Hills' experience will undoubtedly be Stirling Spin, the family event celebrating the stage finish on Wednesday 20 January. The main township of Stirling will come alive with music, entertainment, food, markets, and a festival atmosphere that is not to be missed! Some of the highlights include:

The Wheelie Big Caterpillar!
Take some time out on the green, green grass of the Coventry Library Lawns that have been feeding the weird and wondrous Wheelie Big Caterpillar!

Join local Adelaide artist Jemimah Dodd to bring the Wheelie Big Caterpillar to life with bursts of your own creative colour. Anyone can join in, from kids to kids-at-heart.

Bike Box Build
Another activity for the crafty young folk, the Bike Box Build is simply oodles of boxes and cardboard combined with the powers of your imagination. Make, create, build and play!

Check in and Win!
Our friends at Yelp and Reid Cycles have embraced the Stirling Spin vibe and are giving everyone the opportunity to win a Reid Cycles Vintage Roadster! Make sure you visit Yelp on the day and check in to Stirling Spin for your opportunity to take home this dashing piece of pedal power.

Stirling Market
Located on the lawns of the Coventry Library, discover the famous Stirling Market and the diverse range of locally produced goods, food and beverages for which it is renowned.

Novelty Bike Races
Big kids and small kids, but only small bikes! Kicking off from 11:15am, register yourself to participate a novelty bike race on miniature bicycles – lycra not necessary!

Mega Marathon
The sensational team from EFM Health Club will be back with their exercise bikes, odometers set to zero, all systems go for the Mega Marathon. Stop by, clock up some kilometres and see how far the community can collectively ride over the day!

Food, food, food!
If there's one thing that local cafes, providores and restaurants do well, it's food. Taste your way through Stirling and all the delicious delights on offer!

Show us your selfies
Show the world what they're missing out on and tag your photos #StirlingSpin

Santos Best Dressed Town Competition
The Santos Best Dressed Town Competition is a great way for South Australian communities, businesses, property owners and households to be a part of the excitement of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Entries are now open in various categories, with more than $7,000 and regional pride up for grabs. Click here for more information about this competition and to download an nomination form.

How Santos Tour Down Under may affect you

With so much of the Adelaide Hills region being included in this event, there's a good chance your day-to-day activities may be affected. Please read on for information about what to expect.

Race routes and roads used
The Santos Tour Down Under will pass through the Adelaide Hills on six days of the nine-day festival. Unless indicated, the race will travel with "rolling road closures" whereby traffic will be paused by South Australian Police while the race moves past and recommence as normal once safe to do so.

Saturday 16 January | Stage 1 of the Santos Women's Tour will travel around the Mount Torrens area. Click here to see the race route and download the point to point race information. 

Monday 18 January | The Norton Summit Time Trial will race from Glen Stuart Road to the Norton Summit Road Reserve. Full road closures will be in place from 9:00am until 4:00pm for this event. Click here to see more information about the Norton Summit Time Trial. 

Tuesday 19 January | Hostworks Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under will travel from Prospect to Lyndoch, passing through Inglewood, Chain of Ponds, and Kersbrook. Click here to see the race route and download the point to point race information. 

Wednesday 20 January | Stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under will travel from Unley and finish in Stirling, completing five laps around Heathfield, Mylor and Aldgate and concluding at the Stirling Oval. Full road closures will be in place for Mt Barker Road, Stirling, between Merrion Avenue and Gould Road from 6:00am until 7:00pm, and between Merrion Avenue and Avenue Road from 10:30am until 6:00pm; Druid Avenue will be closed from 9:00am until 6:00pm for the Stirling Spin festival. Click here to see the race route and download the point to point race information. 

Thursday 21 January | Thomas Foods Stage 3 of the Santos Tour Down Under will travel from Glenelg to Campbelltown, passing through Montacute, Cudlee Creek, Lobethal, Oakbank, Balhannah, Mylor, Stirling and Ironbank. The Subaru King of the Mountain will occur on Corkscrew Road, Montacute. Parking and speed restrictions will be in place from 6:00am, and a full road closure will occur on Corkscrew Road from 12:00pm until 4:00pm. Click here to see the race route and download the point to point race information. 

Friday 22 January | Bupa Stage 4 of the Santos Tour Down Under will travel from Norwood to Victor Harbor, passing through Norton Summit, Summertown, Stirling and Mylor. Click here to see the race route and download the point to point race information. 

Kerbside Waste Collection
The Santos Tour Down Under may pass through areas where kerbside collection is scheduled for that day. Please note that collection days will not change during this event period.

To ensure that your waste is picked up, waste may be collected earlier on your normal collection day to allow access for the collection trucks.

During the Santos Tour Down Under event, please ensure your bins are kerbside the evening before normal collection day to allow for earlier collection if required. Waste that is not collected prior to the race passing through your area will be collected after the event, when access is again possible.

Please direct any queries to East Waste on (08) 8347 5150.

Cyclists ride past Stirling Hotel
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