Argo On The Parade
Getting to the race
The beauty of travelling around South Australia? It's extremely accessible and you can travel from the beach to the hills under an hour! From the Adelaide CBD, our race starts are only a short drive, bus ride or bike ride away:
Taxi or Uber
Get to the race start:
3.7km (approximately 15 minutes)
Get to the race finish from Adelaide CBD:
34.6km (approximately 2 hours 35 minutes)
Get to the race finish from Norwood:
33km (approximately 2 hours 28 minutes)
Wednesday, 17th January 2024 efex Men's Stage 2 Itinerary: Outer City meets Hills
Start the day…
Nestled in Adelaide’s leafy eastern suburbs and just a stones throw away from the Adelaide CBD is The Parade, Norwood. Begin your day at one of its chic cafes like Argo or 30 Acres Norwood where delectable coffee and breakfast is served.
Walk down the main street and you’ll discover boutique shops, diverse restaurants, gourmet food shops and lively bars and pubs.
There will be a buzz about the place as the teams and riders prepare for efex men’s stage 2 – a tough 141.6km stage which weaves its way through the Adelaide Hills before finishing in Lobethal.
Chase the peloton..
Head to the historic town of Uraidla for a second glimpse of the race where the riders will pass by at approximately 11:40am. The Uraidla Bike Café is a funky brunch, art gallery and bicycle repairs space and the perfect spot to feast on a home-cooked brunch while you’re in the area.
Keen to see the climbers in action? Head to the short but steep Fox Creek Climb where the climbers will have two opportunities to claim efex King of the Mountain points. They’ll make the climb at approximately 12:55pm and 1:47pm.
Make your way to the picturesque town of Lobethal where points are up for grabs for the second Ziptrak sprint before the efex men’s stage 2 winner is crowned along Lobethal’s main street.
Lobethal is the spot to settle if you’re after prime viewing of the race. The peloton will first touchdown on Main Street at approximately 12:14pm before taking on three 35km laps around the Adelaide Hills.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and coffee with Emma and Ivy offering that and more. Explore their extensive range of eclectic wares, gourmet custom hampers, plant studio and boutique bar/cellar door.
Lobethal Bierhaus is another local favourite offering an incredible array of locally brewed, award-winning beers, plus food, wine and great times – including brewery tours and live music.
If you’re after a quick but scrumptious bite to eat, pop into the popular Lobethal Bakery where quality products are made fresh daily.
The Adelaide Hills is home to some of South Australia’s best food, wine and scenery, so while you’re in the area indulge in flavours and sights the region has to offer.
At one of the highest points in the Adelaide Hills you’ll find Pike & Joyce winery where you can enjoy a vino and seasonal produce while overlooking 25 hectares of vineyards.
On the outskirts of Lobethal you’ll find a beautiful family owned winery, Golding Wines, which is another great spot for a beautiful hills lunch and wine tasting
If you’d like to get a little more hands on, Sticky Rice Cooking School in Stirling will have you refining your skills under the tutelage of some of the finest chefs from around Australia.
Take a piece of the Adelaide Hills home with you by picking up some local produce, a unique gift or trinket for your home from the Lobethal Fodder Store.
Stay the night…
You are spoilt for choice with accommodation when it comes to the Adelaide Hills which is filled with cosy retreats, hotels and cottages. For a homey retreat, book Ode to the Orchard which has a rustic vibe and has stunning views of hills and the little village of Lenswood. For more options, visit: https://southaustralia.com/destinations/adelaide-hills/accommodation