Riders to face extreme heat in Barossa race

Riders are in Friday’s Women’s SANTOS Tour Down Under Stage 2 race are expected to come up against blistering heat as they journey through the Barossa. 

With temperatures predicted to reach a sweltering 38 degrees in Nuriootpa on Friday, athletes will have a tough day of riding ahead of them.

In previous years riders have suffered through temperatures exceeding 40 degrees, often resulting in a modified race route.

The race begins in Nuriootpa on Friday January 11, 2019 at 10.00am.

The Route - “Best of the Barossa”

This complex route sees riders start off at Nuriootpa, where they will complete a ceremonial start at the local memorial site before ending race neutral on Gawler Street and setting out for a loop of Greenock, Seppeltsfield, Tanunda, Bethany and Angaston.

Heading east through Angaston, the race will spice up with intermediate sprint points up for grabs on Murray Street, before heading to Eden Valley for the Cat 3, Three Cols Climb and Subaru QOM points.

Looping back along Eden Valley Road, the peloton will have one final sprint in Angaston before heading back towards Bethany for the famous Mengler Hill for the finish.

People can get into the spirit of the race with a free early morning Fitness Event at Memorial Park in Angaston, featuring boot-camp, strength, agility and stretching sessions, hours before the women’s race arrives.

Barossa Mayor Bim Lange encouraged the community to embrace two exciting days of racing action and a vibrant community atmosphere.

“It’s also an opportunity to see international racing at its best,” Mayor Lange said.

Men’s race

The men’s race will be cruising through town on Wednesday January 16 as part of their Stage 2.

Angaston will host the Novotech Stage 2 finish on 16 January, with Race Director Mike Turtur describing a course to test the riders and create a spectacle for fans.

The town will come alive with the Wheels & Wine community event from 12noon to 4pm, featuring a gourmet picnic trail and family-friendly entertainment in the town centre ahead of a thrilling race to the finish line.

The event is proudly presented by Angaston Community and Business Alliance (ACBA) in conjunction with The Barossa Council.

“Angaston Community and Business Alliance is hosting some terrific entertainment which promises something for everyone, from families to food and wine lovers,” Mayor Lange said.