2020 Tour Down Under Men's and Women's race dates and routes announced

Barossa vineyards will once again surround Santos Men's Tour Down Under entrants in January 2020. Photo: 2019 Jess Supple
Barossa vineyards will once again surround Santos Men's Tour Down Under entrants in January 2020. Photo: 2019 Jess Supple

For the second time in its 22-year history, the Santos Men's Tour Down Under will host a stage start and finish in the one region with the Barossa being given the jersey for Stage 1.

Race routes and dates were announced on Thursday and Stage 1 falls on Tuesday, January 21 involving a 150km Tanunda circuit.

Meanwhile, the Women's Tour Down Under dates have also been released with Stage, January 17, set to take in Birdwood.

According to Santos race director Mike Turtur, a 30km circuit around the Barossa region will be a "fan favourite" as will the 'King of the Mountain' which will see cyclists slog it up Breakneck Hill at Penrice.

Mr Turtur explained how each year the team face the "unenviable challenge" to design a course for the race that will test the riders and create a spectacle for the fans.

"The route is constantly evolving," he said.

"Not only do we need to create a route that provides enough challenges to draw elite riders from around the world to enter the race, but we also need to ensure it is suitable for sprinters and all-rounders alike."

Barossa Council Mayor Bim Lange is also excited to be continuing the association with Santos Tour Down Under, saying, "We are thrilled that the Men's Stage 1 will take place entirely in the Barossa region".

"The Tour is a fantastic event for both locals and tourists," Mr Lange added.

2020 Santos Men's Tour Down Under Race Routes 

  • Sunday, January 19: Classic: Flinders Street Circuit (51 km)
  • Tuesday, January 21: Stage 1: Tanunda Circuit (150 km)
  • Wednesday, January 22: Stage 2: Woodside to Stirling (135 km)
  • Thursday, January 23: Stage 3: Unley to Paracombe (131 km)
  • Friday, January 24: Stage 4: Norwood to Murray Bridge (152 km)
  • Saturday, January 25: Stage 5: Glenelg to Victor Harbor (149.1 km)
  • Sunday, January 26: Stage 6: McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill (151.5 km)

2020 Santos Women's Tour Down Under Race Routes summary*

  • Thursday, January 16: Stage 1: Hahndorf to Macclesfield (116.3km)
  • Friday, January 17: Stage 2: Murray Bridge to Birdwood (114.5 km)
  • Saturday, January 18: Stage 3: Nairne to Stirling (109.1 km)
  • Sunday, January 19: Stage 4: Adelaide Flinders Street Circuit (42.5 km)
  • *Dates are subject to final confirmation by the UCI Management Committee

The TDU has grown to be one of Australia's premier sporting events, taking the fastest men and women in the world through some of the most iconic regions of SA.

For organisers, entrants and spectators, the event more than just a bike race, it is a festival of cycling, with a range of associated events and participation rides that create a massive party atmosphere.

For more details, visit www.tourdownunder.com.au.