The Santos Festival of Cycling returns this summer with an action-packed line up of cycling and custom racing routes, events and family activities, that showcase the best of South Australia.
Get excited and get involved, from 21-29 January with activities for cycling enthusiasts, food and wine lovers and festival fanatics. Explore our top 6 things to see and do at the Santos Festival of Cycling:
Go beyond the road with other cycling disciplines
Kicking off on Friday 21 January with the Adelaide Track League event at Adelaide Superdome, the Santos Festival of Cycling’s dynamic nine-day program celebrates everything that is great about cycling and its various disciplines. On-road, off-road, sprint, endurance, and obstacle-based, we have your summer covered for adrenaline-filled cycling action. The multiple cycling disciplines on show include road, track, BMX, mountain biking and cyclo-cross, with some of Australia’s best talent competing.
Watch UCI WorldTour riders battle it out in both the men’s & women’s road race
An exciting three-stage men’s and women’s road race will travel through South Australia’s picturesque Barossa, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula regions as Australia’s best cyclists battle for supremacy. Three past winners, 10 UCI WorldTour riders and four UCI WorldTeams are set to join the Santos Festival of Cycling peloton. Grace Brown, Richie Porte and Luke Plapp will ride for Team Garmin, while Australia’s Team BikeExchange-JAYCO will have six of its WorldTour riders including Alex Manly, Ruby Roseman-Gannon, Georgia Baker, Luke Durbridge and Cameron Meyer. Two-time Santos Tour Down Under winner Richie Porte – who in 2020 finished third at the Tour de France – will join the 2022 roster in an attempt to retain his King of the Mountain crown for Willunga Hill during the Be Safe Be Seen Men’s Stage 3. Also joining the peloton: Olympic bronze medallist and 2015 TDU winner Rohan Dennis and Chris Harper, both returning to their home state of South Australia to compete under the Team Jumbo Visma’s colours at the 2022 event.
Watch Paralympians in the Paracycling events
We couldn't be prouder of the efforts of the Australian Paralympians at the Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games, and the Santos Festival of Cycling will be your chance to get up close and personal with the same athletes who came home with medals from Tokyo. Following a successful campaign, we’re excited to have the Australian Paralympians at the Santos Festival of Cycling for the Santos Para-Cycling Team Relay. Taking place on the Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga Criterium track, we’ll see Paralympic athletes from all categories on the course. Expect to see bikes, trikes, hand cyclists and more.
Go on a group ride
Want to be part of the action in 2022? From free guided rides around the city to regional group rides with food and drink included, there’s a way for everyone to get riding at this year’s Santos Festival of Cycling. Ride Holidays host ego-free, inclusive group rides for 10-12 cyclists of all abilities, with three daily ride groups celebrating the very best of each region. VeloAdelaide offers free, fun, safe and welcoming riding activities for young and old. Options range from women-only and family rides around the River Torrens to high rolling fun in Stirling and hidden laneway routes of the Adelaide CBD.
Tour in style with DeTours
Get your friends together and enjoy the cycling festivities in style. Detours presented by Seppeltsfield Road Distillers brings friends, food, gin and wine together as part of the Santos Festival of Cycling. An entire day is organised for you, with tastings, exhilarating race experiences and scrumptious lunch with fantastic viewing of the race. In 2022 DeTours head to the Adelaide Hills for the men's Westpac Stage 2 and McLaren Vale for Be Safe Be Seen Stage 3. Tickets available online for Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale events.
Explore the City of Adelaide Festival Village
The Santos Festival of Cycling will offer an activity-packed City of Adelaide Festival Village for one day only in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga on 26 January 2022. Enter for FREE and enjoy live entertainment, a variety of food and beverage options, explore bike exhibitions and plenty of other events including the elite men’s and women’s TREK Night Riders criteriums, racing and demonstrations including BMX. Kids will love the Westpac Family Ride and Kids Corner. There’s something for everyone.