BikeExchange Stage 2: Birdwood to Lobethal
WOMEN'S - 9:00 to 11:45 | MEN'S - 13:30 to 16:26
The riders will kick off out of the famous National Motor Museum in beautiful Birdwood.
The History Trust of South Australia’s National Motor Museum in Birdwood will play host to your BikeExchange Stage 2 start line experience!
Visitors 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.
Get up close to some of Australia’s rich motoring history, including the latest exhibition of special interest vehicles in the Holden Heroes exhibition, play all day on The Game Engine – retro motoring video games and see a rare Bugatti Veyron. With over 350 cars and bikes the National Motor Museum is much more than a collection of vehicles it is a social history of the way we were, the way we are now and the way of the future.
Since 1965 millions of people have enjoyed discovering their motoring heritage at the National Motor Museum nestled in the Adelaide Hills wine region in Birdwood, South Australia.
Once you’ve watched the race and explored the museum, kick back and watch the race on the big screen on the grassy museum grounds.
The stage passes through some of the most heavily affected areas from the fires back in 2019, and will be a wonderful opportunity to support local communities who have faced significant challenges throughout 2020.
Women's race director Kimberley Conte says BikeExchange Stage 2 is "all about recovery."
Both race directors were keen to take the race back into these beautiful areas a year on to show Australia how the recovery is tracking.
The stage passes through the finish line at Golding Wines, before racing through some of the hardest hit areas in the 2019 bushfires and onto a gravel section. As with many family owned businesses, they were left devastated by the inferno they described as a ‘fireball’ tearing through their property.
This stage is all about positioning, riders need to be at the front on the gravel to avoid mayhem, well positioned for the start of the only climb of the day and to read the road ahead of them and to stay in a controlling position on the way to the finish.
If you are heading to the finish line, support local with food options and wines by the glass available for you to enjoy whilst you watch the race on the big screen at Golding Wines.
Men's race director Stuart O'Grady says, "This should be an action packed finale."
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.