Held each year in January during the Santos Tour Down Under, and now also during the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, the Santos Best Dressed Town Competition has been a part of the event since its inception in 1999. This year, the Santos Best Dressed Town Competition will continue as part of the Santos Festival of Cycling.

The competition is a great way for South Australian communities to get involved and be a part of the excitement of the event.

The Santos Best Dressed Town Competition is open to all towns, schools, businesses and households along the race route on all stages. In 2021, venues in the Adelaide CBD had the opportunity to get involved and dress up for the event.

Efforts do not go unnoticed by the professional cycling teams who love the support and the atmosphere as they ride through regional and metropolitan South Australia.

  • Santos Best Dressed Town
  • Santos Best Dressed Private Property
  • Santos Best Dressed Commercial or Community Property
  • Santos Best Dressed Venue (Adelaide CBD)*

*Venues must be registered as a participating Tour Takeover venue.

  • Santos Best Dressed Town: Community involvement, innovation, appearance, and the use of Santos in your display.
  • Santos Best Dressed Private Property & Commercial or Community Property: Innovation, appearance, and the use of Santos in your display.
  • Santos Best Dressed Venue (Adelaide CBD)*: Innovation, appearance and the use of Santos in your display.

*Venues must be registered as a participating Tour Takeover venue.

  • Community Involvement: How involved is the community? Is the whole community being pro-active and contributing to the event? Do visitors (and judges) feel welcomed into the community? Is the community radiating with energy and excitement?
  • Appearance: How much effort was placed into the preparation of the decorations, festivities and activities? Is the nominee exploding with colour and visual impact?
  • Innovation: Have any creative measures been used in the planning, preparation and installation of the decorative efforts and local activities? Does the venue have any planned activations for the race?
  • Santos Inclusion: How well has the nominee included Santos in their design?

The Santos Best Dressed Town Competition will award daily and overall winners for each category at each stage. The Santos Best Dressed Venue (Adelaide CBD) will be judged on the final day of the race, with gold, silver and bronze winners being awarded instead of daily winners.

Daily Winners

  • Santos Best Dressed Town: Framed certificate and Peats Soil & Garden Supplies voucher
  • Santos Best Dressed Private Property: Framed certificate and gift pack
  • Santos Best Dressed Private Commercial or Community Property: Framed certificate and gift pack

Overall Winners

  • Santos Best Dressed Town: $500 Peats Soil & Garden Supplies voucher, signed framed jersey, 2 x metal signs signifying win, $1000 to be spent on a community improvement project or resources of the nominee’s choice, as well as the new perpetual winner’s trophy with 11 months display rights.
  • Santos Best Dressed Private Property: Framed certificate, gift pack and $500
  • Santos Best Dressed Commercial or Community Property: Framed certificate, gift pack and $500
  • Santos Best Dressed Venue (CBD) – Gold: Framed certificate, gift pack and $500
  • Santos Best Dressed Venue (CBD) – Silver: Framed certificate, gift pack and $300
  • Santos Best Dressed Venue (CBD) – Bronze: Framed certificate, gift pack and $200

 

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2021 OVERALL WINNERS


Santos Best Dressed Town

Lobethal (nominated by the Rotary Club of Onkaparinga)

There was great community involvement throughout the town of Lobethal. Colourful displays of flags, bikes, wheels, jerseys, balloons, streamers contributed to the excitement in the town. Even an impressive 6 foot chicken on a bike was featured on the roof at Lobethal Fodder Store! It was wonderful to see the support and encouragement from spectators and locals alike which brought a positive atmosphere.


Santos Best Dressed Commercial or Community Property

Echunga General Store

Echunga General Store was surrounded by beautifully crafted decorations from flowers which shone bright throughout the street to bikes and other cycling themed decorations throughout. The store highlighted the Santos Festival of Cycling colours and showcased community efforts using innovative designs across the property.


Santos Best Dressed Private Property

Ken Smith

The Smith residence put on a show stopping display on the Esplanade at Aldinga. Highlighting the National Road series event, the eye-catching display featured Australian centre pieces with personalised jerseys for the cyclists riding in the Santos Festival of Cycling this year.  


Santos Best Dressed Venue (CBD)

Gold: The Archer

The Archer put on a sensational display for the newest category in the Santos Best Dressed Town competition, Best Dressed Venue (CBD). A vibrant and welcoming arrangement of Santos bunting, stickers, hats and the venues participation as a Tour Takeover venue showcased the Santos Festival of Cycling to the public.

Silver: The District, SkyCity Adelaide

An incredible week of cycling festivities it has been at The District in the new expansion at Skycity Adelaide. Hosting presentations, interviews and livestreaming the Santos Festival of Cycling for 2021, the venue decked out open spaces with Santos Festival of Cycling flags and contributed greatly to the excitement of the event.

Bronze: Sage Hotel

The Sage Hotel created a welcoming environment for the Santos Festival of Cycling. Nominated as a Tour Takeover Venue, the Sage Hotel put on an eye-catching display with Santos bunting and colourful flags.


2021 DAILY WINNERS

Expand to read judges' feedback and view the daily winning entries.

Thursday 21st January

Opening the regional stages with a warm and welcoming community feel, Tanunda was the winning Santos Best Dressed Town addition. Various local businesses in Tanunda embraced the Santos Best Dressed Town competition in different ways, through cycling-themed decorations, Santos bunting and colourful displays.

Tanunda (2)

Tanunda Bakery & Café delivered a colourful, vibrant and eye-catching display which highlighted the Santos brand. Welcoming energy and creative/innovative designs combined elements of the bakery with a cycling theme. They showcased an abundance of balloons, streamers, Santos branding, and gazebos which welcomed the community!

Tanunda Bakery & Cafe

Friday 22nd January

There was great community involvement throughout the town of Lobethal. Colourful displays of flags, bikes, wheels, jerseys, balloons, streamers contributed to the excitement in the town. Even an impressive 6 foot chicken on a bike was featured on the roof at Lobethal Fodder Store! It was wonderful to see the support and encouragement from spectators and locals alike which brought a positive atmosphere.

Lobethal

Echunga General Store was surrounded by beautifully crafted decorations from flowers which shone bright throughout the street to bikes and other cycling themed decorations throughout. The store highlighted the Santos Festival of Cycling colours and showcased community efforts using innovative designs across the property.

Echunga (1)

The judges were drawn to the property's innovative and creative display. Bianca worked her magic to create an intricate bike display in the front garden which was certainly eye-catching and sparked excitement for those passing by.

Bianca (1)

Saturday 23rd January

The township of McLaren Vale celebrated the Santos Festival of Cycling with an array of colourful bunting throughout the main street. A diverse collection of bikes were also displayed along the streets, signalling the excitement for the races ahead!

Mclaren Vale (1)

An impressive display of handcrafted colourful bunting and flying bikes helped Sabella take the victory for the day! Painted with the Santos Festival of Cycling colours, these vibrant bikes contributed to their welcoming display. The Sabella Vineyards Cellar door & Cucina team are commended for their community efforts and creative decorations.

Sabella (2)

The Smith residence put on a show stopping display on the Esplanade at Aldinga. Highlighting the National Road series event, the eye-catching display featured Australian centre pieces with personalised jerseys for the cyclists riding in the Santos Festival of Cycling this year.  

Ken Smith

 

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