ABOUT BIKEEXCHANGE STAGE 2
There is a sense of irony in this stage where the bike meets the motor car when the pelotons pedal off from the famous National Motor Museum in beautiful Birdwood.
It would be fair to claim that the peloton could be much faster than some of the very historic Holdens, Fords and other exotic motor vehicles on display - but that’s a story for another day.
Women’s race director Kimberley Conte believes stage 2 will be one where teams focus on recovering after stage 1 but men’s race director Stuart O’Grady has other ideas.
"This should be an action packed finale,” O’Grady said ahead of the Golding Wines, Lobethal finish.
The History Trust of South Australia’s National Motor Museum in Birdwood will host the BikeExchange Stage 2 start line experience.
Ticket holders will have the pleasure of free access to the museum’s exhibition halls and stunning grounds as the riders roll out for a challenging course through the Adelaide Hills.
The stage passes through some of the most heavily affected areas from the 2019 bushfires.
The stage will be a wonderful opportunity to support local communities who have faced significant challenges throughout 2020.
Both race directors were keen to take the race back to these beautiful areas to show Australia how the bushfire recovery is tracking.
The stage passes through some of the hardest hit areas in the 2019 bushfires and onto a gravel section which will test bike handling skills.
This stage is also all about positioning.
Good teams will lead their key riders to be at the front on the gravel to avoid mayhem at Western Branch Road, Lobethal.
Well positioned riders and teams for the start of the only climb of the day at Hawthorn Road, Biggs Flat should aim to stay in a controlling position on the way to the finish.
As part of the Festival’s COVID Management plan, you will be able to gain access to the start and finish line at BikeExchange Stage 2 by simply scanning the QR code using your smart phone when you arrive.
While there is limited capacity at start and finish lines, there are many wonderful vantage points and alternate locations on the routes to enjoy the race in a COVID-safe and socially distanced way. We will providing a list of these vantage points soon.
Be sure to check out everything the Adelaide Hills has to offer - from incredible food and wine to amazing experiences.