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. 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.

 


2022 OVERALL WINNERS

Santos Best Dressed Town

WOODSIDE

Woodside was filled with recycled, repurposed and environmentally friendly, handmade decorations. Nominated by Love Woodside SA, this dedicated group got the community involved to create an enjoyable and energetic atmosphere in the town.

SILVER: Echunga
BRONZE: Lobethal

Santos Best Dressed Private Property

GALE RESIDENCE

This warm and welcoming family were ready to cheer on the peloton as it passed. The innovative use of balloons, ribbons and handmade signs showed support for the race, but it was the posters of team jersey's lining the side of the road that really welcomed the riders. 

Santos Best Dressed Community or Business Venue

LOBETHAL BAKERY

Always a strong contender, the Lobethal Bakery was adorned with colourful balloons and bunting. The friendly staff made an incredible effort serving wheel shaped mega doughnuts. True small town community spirit. 


2022 DAILY WINNERS

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

Sunday 23rd January

Nominated by Sid, owner of 1918 Bistro and Grill, the daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Town is Tanunda. As host of the start line for the first day of women's racing, the town of Tanunda showed the colour and vibrancy of the Santos Festival of Cycling, while including major sponsor Santos in their decorative approach. 

BDT Town Winner Tanunda

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Community or Business is Barossa Regional Gallery. The judges loved their creative approach, with Santos bunting on the outside of the building and an impressive artwork of bicycles above their entry.

BDT Business Winner Barossa Regional Gallery

Monday 24th January

Echunga always put on a great show for the Santos Festival of Cycling participants and this year is no exception. The judges were impressed by the focus on sustainability particularly the use of old bikes, and re-purposing pool noodles that they creatively moulded into bicycles. The local residents were welcoming and keen to pose for photos and chat to visitors.

BDT Town

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Private Property is Michelle Taylor. Michelle's home was colourfully decorated and she made excellent use of her Santos bunting and some creative embellishments, not only decorating the front of her house but the sides.

BDT Private Property

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Community or Business is the Echunga General Store. Putting on a show with their creative flair, their hand made decorations and use of old bicycles was innovative and fun. Eye-catching and innovative this one was sure to have caught the riders eyes!

BDT Business

Tuesday 25th January

Lobethal out did themselves for Be Safe Be Seen Stage 3. The town always welcomes the cycling with open arms and this year the town was filled with colour and excitement. From handmade bicycles to paper flowers, the communities vibrancy and warmth did not go unnoticed.

BDT Town (1)

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Private Property is Amy Gannon. The creative, colourful family and child focused space was decorated with bicycles, bunting and bonbons, and a perfectly positioned seating space to watch the peloton pass by.

BDT Private Home

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Community or Business is Emma & Ivy. This botanical sanctuary decorated the inside and outside with handmade flowers from recycled materials, and the judges loved the jersey's hanging from the ceiling.

BDT Business (1)

Thursday 27th January

The daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Town is Woodside. Nominated by the Woodside Community Association, the town had a welcoming feel with hand crafted creations, knitted decorations and an adorable teddy bear installation. Festive handmade ornaments flowed throughout the town showing a real community effort and spirit.

BDT Town Winner Woodside

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Private Property is Greg Knight. The creative, colourful use of bunting made for a joyful and exciting display.

 

BDT Private Winner Knight (1)

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Community or Business is Lobethal Bakery. Always a strong contender the Lobethal Bakery was adorned with colourful balloons and bunting. The friendly staff made an incredible effort serving wheel shaped mega doughnuts. True small town community spirit. 

BDT Business Winner Lobethal Bakery (1)

Friday 28th January

The daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Town is Woodside. The town was filled with recycled, repurposed and environmentally friendly, handmade decorations. Nominated by Love Woodside SA, this dedicated group got the community involved to create an enjoyable and energetic atmosphere in the town.

BDT Town Winner Woodside1

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Private Property is the Gale Residence. This warm and welcoming family were ready to cheer on the peloton as it passed. The innovative use of balloons, ribbons and handmade signs showed support for the race, but it was the posters of team jersey's lining the side of the road that really welcomed the riders. 

BDT Home Winner Gale Residence

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Community or Business is Lobethal Bakery Woodside. Bursting with colourful balloons and decorations, the welcoming staff created a very festive and bright display.

BDT Business Winner Lobethal Bakery Woodside

Saturday 29th January

The daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Town is Willunga. A welcoming and colourfully decorated town, Willunga had incredible atmosphere and the excitement amongst residents and visitors was obvious. Nominated by the Willunga Business and Tourism Association their decorative and fun approach welcomed riders to the popular Willunga Hill route.

BDT Town Winner Willunga

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Private Property is Ken and Margaret Smith. Ken and Margaret have been celebrating the Santos Tour Down Under with their friends for many years, with their granddaughter, Taylor, helping to decorate since she was four years old. Now 21, Taylor and her family used beautifully detailed handmade posters of jerseys to line their balcony, while using bunting and flags to top it off.\

BDT Home Winner Smiths

Daily winner of the Santos Best Dressed Community or Business is Tealicious Cakes. How can you go past a pink bike? Elegant and colourfully decorated, Tealicious Cakes of Willunga used flower decorations and adorned a gorgeous pink bicycle while serving bike-themed cupcakes to patrons.

BDT Business Winner Tealicious2


COMPETITION DETAILS

The Santos Best Dressed Town competition is open to all towns, schools, businesses and households along the race route on all stages, with prizes awarded daily as well as overall winners for each category.

  • Santos Best Dressed Town
  • Santos Best Dressed Private Property
  • Santos Best Dressed Community or Business Venue
  • Best Dressed Town - Community involvement, innovation, appearance and the use of Santos in your display 
  • Best Dressed Private Property & Community or Business Venue - Innovation, appearance and the use of Santos in your display 
  • 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.

Daily Winners

  • Santos Best Dressed Town: Certificate and $100 Peats Soil & Garden Supplies voucher
  • Santos Best Dressed Private Property: Certificate and gift pack
  • Santos Best Dressed Private Commercial or Community Property: Certificate and gift pack

Overall Winners

  • Santos Best Dressed Town GOLD: $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 Town SILVER: Signed framed jersey, $500 to be spent on a community improvement project or resources of the nominee’s choice.
  • Santos Best Dressed Town BRONZE: Signed framed jersey, $300 to be spent on a community improvement project or resources of the nominee’s choice.
  • Santos Best Dressed Private Property: Certificate, gift pack and $500
  • Santos Best Dressed Commercial or Private Property: Certificate, gift pack and $500

 


 

The Santos Tour Down Under is part of the UCI World Tour and UCI Women's ProSeries 

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