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The Challenge Tour

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The Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser is the Santos Tour Down Under's annual mass-participation ride.

On Saturday 19 January 2019, Challenge Tour riders will tackle the same route as the professional riders from Glenelg to Strathalbyn.

With start locations at Glenelg, Myponga, Victor Harbor and Goolwa, there's a course to cater for every skill level.

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How to enter the The Challenge Tour

  1. 158.7 km

    Bike 158.7km
    AUD $155
    Event passed
  2. 102 km

    Bike 102km
    AUD $145
    Event passed
  3. 60 km

    Bike 60km
    AUD $120
    Event passed
  4. 34 km

    Bike 34km
    AUD $90
    Event passed

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Official 2019 Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser event jersey (must be worn on event day)
  • Rider identification and timing chip
  • Option to ‘Ride For A Reason’ to raise money for Cancer Council SA
  • Cloakroom service to transport your items from your nominated start location to the finish
  • Feed zones along the route and lunch on arrival at the finish
  • Post-event rider festivities area including a live broadcast of Stage 5 on the big screen at the post-event rider festivities area
  • Photographer along route ready to take your actions shots (images are available for purchase after the event)
  • Medical and mechanical support
  • Sweep vehicles to take you to the next refreshment stop (if you are unable to continue or require mechanical support)
Raceday Logistics

Start/Finish Times and Locations

Glenelg-Strathalbyn 158.7 km 

  • Start – 6:00am, Colley Terrace, Glenelg
  • Finish – ETA, Dawson Street, Strathalbyn

Myponga-Strathalbyn 102 km 

  • Start – 7:00am, Myponga Football Club, Myponga
  • Finish – ETA, Dawson Street, Strathalbyn

Victor Harbor-Strathalbyn 60 km 

  • Start – 8:00am, Investigator College, Inman Valley Road, Victor Harbor
  • Finish – ETA, Dawson Street, Strathalbyn

Goolwa-Strathalbyn 34.5 km

  • Start – 12:00pm, Investigator College, Goolwa
  • Finish – ETA, Dawson Street, Strathalbyn


Kit List

Participation requirements:

  • A mechanically sound bike
  • Australian approved helmet in good condition
  • Your own water bottle and any additional snacks you need during the ride
  • A spare tube, pump, puncture repair kit (including tyre levers)
  • Wet weather gear, sunscreen, photo ID and mobile phone or money for a phone call
  • You will need to supply your own security lock/chain, as this is NOT included in your registration
  • Event organisers will not be responsible for bikes or personal items

When Is the Ride?

The 2019 Challenge Tour will be held on the morning of Stage 5 of the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under, on Saturday 19 January 2019.

What is the minimum and maximum age to ride?

There is no minimum age for riders, however no child under the age of 18 should be riding without the supervision of an adult. There is no maximum age for riders participating in the ride, however please make sure that you are riding to your fitness and have plenty of water.

How many people do I need to create a team?

You need to have a minimum of five people in a team to have your team name printed on your jersey.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. When cycling in South Australia, you must wear an approved bicycle helmet that is properly adjusted and securely fastened. Your bicycle helmet must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZ2063, which will appear on the helmet, and shops must not sell or offer bicycle helmets for sale unless they meet this standard. This also applies to any passenger that you may have on your bicycle

What should I wear during the event?

As part of your registration you will receive a Challenge Tour official event jersey which is compulsory to wear. You must also wear an approved bicycle helmet that is properly adjusted and securely fastened.

Cycling knicks and sunglasses are also recommended.

What time do I have to be at the starting location?

Please arrive in the marshalling area at least 20 minutes prior to the start.

Will there be storage at the start locations?

Yes. There will be cloakrooms at each start location where you can deposit a small bag of spare clothing which will be transferred to the finish line for collection.

What happens if I break down or have an accident?

In the event of an accident or breakdown, officials will endeavor to transport you and your bike to the nearest refreshment station or the finish line where you may receive medical or mechanical assistance.

Will there be places to stop and refresh along the ride?

Yes, there will be refreshment stations set up along the route where water, hydration products and toilets will be provided.

All riders must start the race with at least two 750ml water bottles and/or a hydration pack along with snacks for the ride.


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The Challenge Tour reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the 158.7 km in 2019

    Great event well supported and challenging - thats whats cycling is all about! Challenge yourself -whether thats because the distance is something you haven't done before or you want to beat a certain time.
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