As the cycling world prepares to turn its eyes to the Tour Down Under, South Australia is gearing up. The city, suburbs and country towns are turning on extra events and activities this year to mark the Tour's 10th edition and its elevation to UCI ProTour status.
"I'd love to see record participation in this year's Škoda Breakaway Series matched with record numbers at the tour's many street parties and festivities," Premier Mike Rann noted.
The Škoda Breakaway Series is now closed with 4207 cyclists officially registered to take part, smashing the previous record of 3525.
"The Tour Down Under it is not only a showcase for our State internationally," he stated. "... Mannum is holding a three-day festival, including a riverside concert with Aussie rocker Diesel, Unley is turning on a Gourmet Gala and the Barossa will stage an all-day street party in Angaston.
"There's a Community Street Carnival in Stirling, Victor Harbor will have an afternoon of circus pizzazz and Aldinga Bay will hold an Australia Day breakfast on the beach. And the Tour will debut with a massive street party in Jetty Road Glenelg on Sunday 20 January and finish a week later with an afternoon of action in Adelaide's East End on Australia Day holiday eve."
For a full list of Tour Down Under events and activities visit www.tourdownunder.com.au.