Ziptrak® Stage 1 finish - MEN'S AND WOMEN'S
WOMEN'S FINISH - 11:30am | MEN'S FINISH - 4:11pm
The Santos Festival of Cycling will be the first time we see stages rolling out of iconic South Australian locations such as wineries.
And what better way to finish Stage One, than between the vines opposite Faith Lutheran College on Magnolia Road, Tanunda. Make a day of it, find yourself a spot trackside or in front of the big screen in the shady Faith Lutheran College grounds.
The stage will see both men's and women's riders tackling Mengler Hill - in reverse!
Men's race director Stuart O'Grady says he didn't want it to be a breaking point for the riders on the first stage, "taking away the steepness of the Western side with a much easier Eastern side climb."
This will give the punchy riders a small chance to attack on the final of four ascents but with a super-fast downhill and run into Tanunda, but it will be tough to hold off a fast peloton.
Women's race director Kimberley Conte says of the "cat 3" climb - "[it] isn’t so difficult that it will take riders out of contention, but don’t underestimate the sting it may have on day one."
Punters can expect a bunch scamper for the line at Faith Lutheran College.