Santos Women’s Tour Down Under returns in 2019

Female cyclists finish off the steep Menglers Hill climb in January this year.
Female cyclists finish off the steep Menglers Hill climb in January this year.

Competitive female cyclists will again appear on Barossa roads as part of the 2019 Santos Women’s Tour Down Under during the inaugural stage start in Nuriootpa.   

The women's peloton will race travel the Barossa from Nuriootpa to Menglers Hill (116.7km) on January 11.

The race will enable the community to witness world class female athletes with two sprints through the main street of Angaston and the Subaru Queen of the Mountain climb in Eden Valley before the gruelling finish atop Mengler Hill.

Kimberley Conte, Race Director, Santos Women’s Tour Down Under race director Kimberly Conte is thrilled that Stage 2 of the race has a start and a finish in the Barossa.

“We will be starting the race for the first time in Nuriootpa as the course winds its way through the picturesque location of Seppeltsfield,” Ms Conte said.

“This stage will feature two sprints, both in Angaston which we expect to be hotly contested but the real test for the riders will be the grueling climb to the finish up Mengler Hill.

“We expect strong community support and know the Barossa towns will roll out the red carpet to make the riders feel welcome.”

Barossa Council mayor Bob Sloane is also thrilled to welcome the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under back to the region again.

“The women’s tour and the calibre of competitors continues to strengthen year after year making it a great opportunity for our community to see some of the world’s best athletes right here in our own backyard,” he said.

“The Santos Women’s Tour is also a great precursor to the men’s race which comes back to the Barossa the following week with Stage 2 on the Wednesday.

“Both events provide a wonderful opportunity to showcase our region’s premium wine, food and tourism experiences.”

Mayor Sloane said council is already working with local community groups to celebrate the women’s race with activities during the race stage.

The 2019 TDU will be held from January 10-20 starting with Stage 1 of the women’s race on Thursday, January 10.