Be Safe Be Seen Stage 3: McLaren Vale to Willunga

WOMEN - Saturday, 23 January 2021
Start
10:00 AM
d'Arenberg , McLaren Vale
Finish
11:28 AM
Willunga Hill, Willunga
Distance
48.8km
MEN'S - Saturday, 23 January 2021
Start
1:00 PM
d'Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale
Finish
3:19 PM
Willunga Hill, Willunga
Distance
88.2km

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The unique d'Arenberg Cube is the host start of Be Safe Be Seen Stage 3 where all eyes will be upon Garmin-Australia’s Richie Porte.

It’s not because Porte may want to basque in the stunning vineyards at d'Arenberg Winery but it’s what the Tasmanian is probably planning to do at the back end of the stage journey towards Willunga Hill.

Porte is the Willunga Hill king.

He has won the Willunga Hill climb and the stage during the UCI Santos Tour Down Under a record six consecutive times.

Porte will probably be asked many times over what the secret is to his rapid climbing ability as the women’s race tackles Willunga Hill for the first time.

Men's race director Stuart O'Grady is delighted by the start at d'Arenberg Winery claiming it is “undoubtedly one of the state’s biggest tourist attractions” but the two-time Tour Down Under champion is sure to be pleased if Porte claims the stage.

Rolling out from d'Arenberg Cube, the pelotons will fly past hectares of vineyards and along the Aldinga Beach esplanade, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world before the very iconic potential race changer, Willunga Hill.

While the stage is largely flat, cross winds will test the mettle of some of the teams and the ability to protect their stage hopes.

The Fleurieu Peninsula also has more to offer - from incredible food and wine to amazing experiences including picture perfect landscapes which have inspired hundreds of artists.

As part of the Festival’s COVID Management plan, selected events will be ticketed which will include limited-capacity entry for the road race start and finish.

A free ticket will be required to access both race starts and finish locations and are available here.

Where tickets become exhausted, cycling fans will be encouraged to find one of our wonderful vantage points and use alternative locations on the routes to enjoy the race in a COVID-safe and socially distanced way.


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