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La Grande Gita

La Grande Gita

Cancelled due to extreme weather.

During the week, the team at the Adelaide Italian Festival and Bike SA have been working towards a La Grande Gita that was forecast to be sharing some warm Barossa weekend weather for the inaugural event.
Unfortunately, the forecast top of 31 degrees has now been revised to a top of 38 degrees with an extreme fire warning, total fire ban and worse still, winds of 55 km/h during the day.
In accordance with Bike SA’s Hot Weather Policy and the associated weather conditions, we must sadly cancel this wonderful ride event, as the risk to the participants on this family friendly ride are unacceptable.
The Italian Festival organisers and Bike SA are, to say the least, disappointed to have to make this decision, but the safety of our participants is paramount.
We are sure that many of you have aleady decided to take the opportunity to make this a Barossa weekend away and to enjoy the many sumptuous offerings the region offers. We certainly encourage you to continue with your getaway and to explore our wonderful Barossa, even if your vintage steed isn’t part of the experience.
And don’t forget to sample our wonderful supporting wineries at Gods Hill wines at Lyndoch, Lou Miranda Wines at Rowland Flat, Cerillo Estate Wines at Nuriootpa, Calabria Wines and Harvest Kitchen. 
We know how committed the Adelaide Italian Festival is to make La Grande Gita an annual ‘must do’ ride and look forward to providing you with an even greater riding experience in 2021.
As a participant, you have the option to transfer your registration to next years’ event, or request a full refund. Please contact our office on 08 8168 9999 or office@bikesa.asn.au.

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The inaugural Adelaide Italian Festival ride | Tanunda Barossa Valley | Sunday 15 November 2020


A brand new weekend festival – bring your classic Vintage ride and Vintage wear

We present a family friendly Barossa weekend ride experience – from quiet backroad and flat rail-trail riding to some of the most challenging gravel and bitumen riding in the Barossa. All this combined with local food produce and wine tastings and in the tradition of our European friends, showing off your wonderfully presumptuous vintage dress-up fashion style. And above all – your vintage bike !!!

Naturally we welcome those riding ‘velo moderne’ gravel/road bikes as well…

Ride it – Wear it – Show it – Flaunt it. You know you can Own It !!  Prizes on offer…
A ride for everyone with three routes to choose from – Grande, Mezzo and Piccolo

All this wrapped within the wonderfully sumptuous Adelaide Italian Festival.

Spaces will be limited for this ride – so Register NOW

Online registrations close at 5pm Friday 13 November
(a $20 late fee applies to registrations on the day)

The Inaugural Jersey – $120

 

More About La Grande Gita

Bike SA is proud to partner with the Adelaide Italian Festival to bring this new and wonderfully sumptuous weekend festival of riding.

Bring your vintage bicycles and attire, not to mention your simply stunning high heels (channel your Jimmy Choo’s ladies) to celebrate the best that Italian culture and the Barossa Valley has to offer. Yes we know Jimmy isn’t Italian –  but you get the picture…

Ride it – Wear it – Show it – Flaunt it. You know you can Own It !!  A must-do weekend getaway…

Prizes on offer for the most exquisitely dressed – from the coolest kids through to the most Milano-esk adults. We want to see UBER style – UBER Italian bike style…

From our event village at Calabria Family Wines and their partners at Harvest Kitchen you will have the opportunity to ride the quiet gravel backroads of the Barossa, and yes some bitumen too. As well as the sedate off-road Barossa Trail and more. Between riding, our select Italian wineries will open their cellar doors for you to linger, chat with like minded folks, flash your bike bling and taste the bounty of the Barossa – great wines, beers and coffees and of course fine local produce – only to ride on to the next stop. Where does it stop ?

Well, it all stops at the Calabria Family Wines and the restaurant at the Harvest Kitchen Event Village – which means you can relax and enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at this fantastic venue. Remember numbers are limited so book early!! Celebrate your ride with a well earned coffee, beer, wine or perhaps treat yourself to an optional lunch at the acclaimed Harvest Kitchen restaurant. Limited spaces available for lunch so book early…! (08) 7523 3950 .

While the ride is on Sunday 15 November, there will so much more to see, do, eat, drink and experience in the Barossa. This is a must-do quick weekend getaway for the whole family to our most famous wine region. So book in for an overnight stay to ensure you are refreshed for the Sunday ride experiences we look forward to welcoming you to.

After all – Barossa and Bikes go together like Red Wine and Blue Cheese…

There are limited spaces available for this event – so register NOW to secure your ride! Please note: Lunch is not included in your registration.

Ride Options and Route Maps

La Grande Gita offers routes catering to all abilities – young and old. You can challenge yourself to the 60km Grande , the more sedate 44km Mezzo or the more leisurely, winery lingering 25km Piccolo meander.

Which ride is for me?

    • Grande – 60km
      For those who like a real challenge. Don’t let the seemingly modest distance fool you. This route starts with a scenic circuit around Tanunda town and then follows hard-pack gravel roads along the western side of the valley, taking in wonderfull views across the Barossa landscape, continuing through to Lyndoch. You’ll have a chance to rest and refresh at Scalzi family’s God Hill Wines before the real challenge begins, with more fabulous gravel leading to some serious climbing to take you up to scenic Steingarten lookout for 360 degree views across the Barossa Valley and a well earned breather. The reward is a fabulous downhill run to Rowland Flat where you can pop in to Lou Miranda Wines for more Italian heritage wine tastings. The run home takes in the fabulous Barossa Bikeway via Jacobs Creek and Bethany before returning to Calabria Wines to celebrate your ride with a well earned coffee, beer, wine or perhaps treat yourself to an optional lunch at the acclaimed Harvest Kitchen restaurant. Limited spaces available for launch so book early…(08) 7523 3950 .

Click here to view the 60km route online     Click here to download the 60km/44km Route Map

    • Mezzo – 44km
      Don’t like hills? The Mezzo offers all that is included in the Grande ride without the steep climb up to Steingarten Lookout. After a rest and indulgence at Gods Hill Wines the route follows the renowned Barossa Bikeway from Lyndoch to Rowland Flat and then back to the finish via Jacobs Creek and Bethany.

Click here to view the 44km route online     Click here to download the 60km/44km Route Map

    • Piccolo – 25km
      A shorter and more sedate circuit exploring the shared use path to Nuriootpa and Angaston with the opportunity to stop and visit various cellar doors along the way. Then returning via the quiet sealed back roads through endless vineyards to the event village finish. A great ride for those that just want to languidly ride and chat with friends and family. But with prizes for best dressed, it’s time to work out what to wear!

Click here to view the 25km route online     Click here to download the 25km Route Map

Start / Finish Venue:   Calabria Family Wines / Harvest Kitchen –  284 Magnolia Rd, Vine Vale SA 5352.
Distance from Adelaide CBD: 80km
Travel time: Approx 1hr via South Road Superway, Northern Expressway and Tanunda Click here for directions.

Price & Registration

Price Per Person Adult (Bike SA Member) Adult (Bike SA Non-Member) Child (6-11yrs)
60km Grande
44km Mezzo
 $55 $65 FREE
25km Piccolo $45 $55 FREE
Official event jersey $120 $120 $120

 

Online registrations close at 5pm Friday 13 November
(a $20 late fee applies to registrations on the day)
Please note: Lunch is not included in your registration.

*Persons 11 years and under ride FREE and must be accompanied by and in the care of a nominated adult who is responsible for them throughout the event. Children under the age of 6 must be in an Australian Standards child’s bike seat, trailer or tag-along. Each child’s name is required for the registration process.

You have the option to purchase the official event jersey for $120 during the online registration. Jerseys will be available after the event and can be collected at the Bike SA office or can be mailed to you.

You can view the sizing chart below.

What your registration includes

  • Rider ID bib
  • Fully signed route
  • Support vehicles and ride marshals
  • Refreshments en route, including snacks and fruit plus water
  • An Adelaide Italian Festival Goody Bag at the finish
  • Mechanical and first aid support

Note: There is no Lunch provided as part of event registration

Optional Extras

  • Official event jersey – see details in Official Jersey section below
  • Optional lunch at the acclaimed Harvest Kitchen restaurant. Limited spaces available for lunch so book early…! (08) 7523 3950 .
  • Bicycle SA membership, if you’re not already a member (save money and have peace of mind knowing you are insured)
  • Fees may apply for parts provided by mechanical support en route

Official Jersey

La Grande Gita Jersey – $120

Jerseys will be available AFTER the event.
Size samples available to try on at Bicycle SA office

Size chart
cm XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Chest 85 90 95 100 105 110 115 120 125
Waist 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 105 110

Event Schedule

Programme on the day

8.00am Registrations open at Calabria Family Wines / Harvest Kitchen
9.00am START – 60km GRANDE and 44 km MEZZO rides
10.00am START – 25km PICCOLO rides
11.30am Food and refreshments available at Harvest Kitchen restaurant –  1st sitting for optional lunch – bookings essential
12.30pm Prize giveaways and presentations
2.00pm Harvest Kitchen restaurant – 2nd sitting for optional lunch – bookings essential
2.30pm FINISH – Ride Programme

Participant Information

Collection of Rider ID and Route maps

All riders must check in at the registration desk at the start venue on the morning of the ride to collect your Rider ID number and ride information.

Your Rider ID number will give you access to all food and refreshment stations en-route and at the finish.
Your Rider ID number should be attached to your jersey or the handlebars so it is visible.
Registrations (issuing of Rider ID) may take between 5 and 10 minutes, so allow plenty of time

Start / Finish Venue Information

Start / Finish Venue:   Calabria Family Wines / Harvest Kitchen –  284 Magnolia Rd, Vine Vale SA 5352.
Distance from Adelaide CBD: 80km
Travel time: Approx 1hr via South Road Superway, Northern Expressway and Tanunda Click here for directions.

Grande 60km and Mezzo 44km ride
Registration opens 8am – you must be registered by 8.45am
Rider briefing 8.45am
Start time 9.00am

Piccolo 25km ride
Registration opens 9.15am – you must be registered by 9.45am
Rider briefing 9.45am
Start time 10.00am

** Registrations (issuing of Rider ID) may take between 5 and 10 minutes, so allow plenty of time

  • There are toilets located inside the main cellar door / restaurant building
  • Car parking is available at the venue and just down the road from the entry on Magnolia Avenue. Please following the directions of traffic marshals
  • Coffee will be available for sale at the start

Road Safety Awareness

  • You must obey all Australian Road Rules.
  • Be aware that this is an open road event and you will be sharing the road with other traffic.
  • Ride in single file where appropriate and no more than 2 abreast at any time.
  • Pass only in single file and only on the right of other riders.
  • Keep your distance from those in front.
  • Move off the road before you dismount.
  • You must wear an approved Australian Standards bicycle helmet.
  • Use of flashing front and rear lights and wearing bright clothing is highly recommended to improve your visibility to others
  • You must ensure your bike is serviced and ready for the ride; limited mechanical assistance is available en route.
  • Be aware of your fellow riders and other traffic. Indicate and call out your intention to slow down, stop or change direction
  • Be sociable and safe. Ride with someone who can tell you to slow down.
  • Private support vehicles are not permitted along the route. Vehicles belonging to family and friends must use an alternative route.

Signage & Marshals

  • From start to finish there will be Bicycle SA RED arrows and other signage marking the route. You should however carry a copy of the route map / notes with you in case you become disoriented.
  • Signs will also indicate when you are approaching a refreshment station.
  • There will be marshals (wearing fluorescent vests) on the route, riding bicycles and in vehicles, as well as at stationary posts. All volunteers and staff involved in the event will be clearly identifiable. The marshals do not have the authority to stop motorists; they are there for your safety and other road users. Please listen and follow their instructions.

Refreshment Stations

Grande 60km ride and Mezzo 44km ride
Gods Hill Wines in Lyndoch –  located at approx 23km from the start. You can also pop into Lou Miranda Wines in Rowland Flat, approx 29km / 45km  from the start.

Piccolo 25km rider

Cirillo Estate Wines – just off the Nuriootpa to Angaston bike path approx half way along the ride

Lunch is NOT included in your registration. However you can treat yourself to a delicious lunch at Harvest Kitchen restaurant when you finish your ride but you do need to book a table in advance.
There are two sittings available at 11.30am and 2.00pm  Limited spaces available so book early…! (08) 7523 3950 .

NOTE:

  • At each station water and Nippy’s juices will be available. All riders must bring water to the start of the event and we suggest you bring some extra snacks to eat along the way or should you happen to break down.

Refreshment Stations are the ideal places to step off your bike for a moment, have a rest, catch up with your riding buddies, enjoy the scenery and importantly, re-apply your sunscreen and make sure that you keep your hydration levels up.

Mechanical Support En-Route

Limited mechanical support will be available at the start and en-route. All official event vehicles and marshals will have the resources to help with punctures, though riders are responsible for carrying their own repair kits and spare tubes as well as ensuring that their bike is mechanically sound before the event.

If you need assistance, pull your bike to the side of the road/turn it upside down and call one of the support mobile numbers listed on your route sheet/map. There are ride marshals who may be able to assist or the support vehicle can collect you and your bike should you be unable to finish. Please note: we recommend that you carry at least a small tool kit with spare tube/tyre patches and you know how to use them. Please refer to the Be Prepared resource for more information on how to making sure that both you and your bicycle are in top condition for the ride.

Extreme Weather

Riders should be reassured that La Grande Gita has in place strategies to deal with hot weather. Firstly the ride is scheduled for mid-November, taking advantage of the slightly cooler weather of Spring.

There will be refreshment stations en-route, offering water and juice. In addition there will be Ride Marshals and support vehicles en route providing extra back up.

Each vehicle will carry additional water supplies. Water will also be available at the start/ finish venue
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Extreme weather that may influence any decision to modify, postpone or cancel the ride, would be assessed using the following criteria:

  • If three or more consecutive days leading up to the event day experience extreme apparent/wet bulb temperatures
  • If the forecast for event day is for extreme apparent/wet bulb temperatures
  • Hot / strong winds are forecast

In the event of forecast hot weather during the week beginning Monday 9 November, regular assessments will be made. If extreme weather is expected, the option remains to modify, postpone or cancel the ride, and any such decision will not be made any later than 8am Saturday 14 November. In this case any change would be highlighted on the Bicycle SA website and attempts would be made to contact registered riders by email or telephone.
As detailed in the Conditions of Entry, if the event is cancelled, fees are transferable to other Bicycle SA rides or refundable.

Riders are encouraged to monitor the weather forecast and prepare appropriately. Detailed weather information can be found on www.bom.gov.au

Please get in touch if you would like further information. office@bikesa.asn.au Tel: (08) 8168 9999

Emergency / Incident Procedures

IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 000

In the event of an incident, use the following checklist as a guide:

  • Ensure your safety first
  • Ensure the safety and welfare of any injured person, any participants, volunteers and/or public
  • Contact appropriate emergency authorities, stating your name, location, phone number, role and service(s) required
  • Remain at the scene until emergency assistance arrives, unless safe to do so
  • Provide all possible assistance to emergency services
  • Record all actions and times and details of all involved, including possible witnesses as soon as practical. If necessary / possible take photographs
  • Contact Bicycle SA Event Operation as soon as possible on 0427 771 821

ROUTE SUPPORT

  • SAG WAGON (Follows last rider) 0438 438 846
  • EVENT OPERATIONS 0427 771 821

Please note that every attempt has been made to ensure the details contained in this information are accurate at the time of posting, however things can change and we urge you to check the validity of the information yourself.

FAQs

What sort of bike should I ride?

In short, you can ride anything that you’re comfortable on for the distance you’ll be riding.  La Grand Gita is all about embracing the great union of Italian culture and classic cycling . So it’s time to dust of those vintage steel frame classics that have been hiding in the shed and dig out your retro cycling kit from the bottom of the wardrobe to enjoy a day on the pedals and celebrate “la dolce vita”.  Don’t worry if your “steed” is of a more recent vintage, your welcome to ride on whatever bike you choose.

The classic purists might feel obliged to keep it real on traditional skinny tyres. However, given that the longer ride options include a mix of sealed and unsealed gravel roads plus sealed bike paths, we would suggest that you consider avoiding super skinny, slick tyres and having tyres that are a bit wider and have a medium amount of tread for grip. And don’t forget to bring a spare tube and tool kit, just in case!!

What should I wear?

Its all about showing off your wonderfully presumptuous vintage dress-up fashion style. So search the wardrobe for your pre-loved classic cycling kit and celebrate the fashion and style of times gone by.
Don’t worry if you find that the cupboard is bare – just wear what’s comfortable for you on the bike.
Don’t forget to check out the weather forecast or email updates from Bike SA. It will hopefully be mild to warm but depending on the day the weather can change quickly. Arm warmers and a light rain jacket are great – layering is always useful as the temperature can increase/decrease on the day!

Where does La Grande Gita start and finish?

Calabria Family Wines / Harvest Kitchen, located in lush vineyard surrounds between Tanunda and Angaston, is the venue for the start and finish of each La Grande Gita ride option.
The address is 284 Magnolia Rd, Vine Vale SA 5352.    Car parking for the event will be available in a special area just west of the Magnolia Rd entry to the property.
Distance from Adelaide CBD: 80km    Travel time: Approx 1hr via South Road Superway, Northern Expressway and Tanunda.  Click here for directions.

When do I collect my Rider ID number and/or optional event jersey?

All riders will receive their Rider ID number when they check-in at the start. You’ll also be able to collect a copy of the route map and route notes with emergency contact numbers.

Unfortunately, due to ordering deadlines, the official event jersey will not be available for the actual event. We will submit final orders in the week after the event and advise delivery time frame as soon as we are able.
We reckon that it’ll be worth the wait in any case and thank you for your understanding.

What time does the ride start?

The Grande 60km and Mezzo 44km rides start at 9am.  The Piccolo 25km ride starts at 10am.

What time do I need to register by on the day?

Check-in for each ride is from 1hr prior to the ride start.  Collect your exclusive La Grande Gita Rider ID from the registration area and attach it to your shirt or your bike. This will enable you to access the refreshment stops and is yours to keep as a memento your ride.

There will be a rider information & safety briefing 15 mins prior to the start.

Am I able to change my ride distance option on the day?

lf you have registered for the longer 60km Grande ride and don’t think you can make the full distance with the short but steep climb up Trial Hill Rd, you can simply follow the 44km route from the refreshment stop at Gods Hill Wines in Lyndoch. Similarly if you’ve registered for the 44km ride and find that your riding well on the day, you can choose to continue on the longer route if you think you’re up for the challenge.

If you have registered for the 25km Piccolo ride and wish to ride one for the longer distances starting at 9am you’ll nee to pay the $10 price difference when you check in at the start.

What sort of food/drinks are included?

Coffee will be available for purchase at the start and when you return to the finish.

A refreshment stop will be located at Gods Hill Wines in Lyndoch for the Grande 60km ride and the Mezzo 44km ride. This is located at approx 23km from the start. You can also pop into Lou Miranda Wines in Rowland Flat, approx 29km / 45km  from the start.
Piccolo 25km riders will be able to access  refreshments at Cirillo Estate Wines, just off the Nuriootpa to Angaston bike path.

There are also many other wineries / cellar doors along the way where you will have the opportunity to pop in for a visit if you wish.

Lunch is NOT included in your registration. However you can treat yourself to a delicious lunch at Harvest Kitchen restaurant when you finish your ride but you do need to book a table in advance.
There are two sittings available at 11.30am and 2.00pm  Limited spaces available so book early…! (08) 7523 3950 .

What if I have mechanical problems?

Pull your bike to the side of the road/turn it upside down and call one of the support mobile numbers listed on your Rider ID or your route sheet/map. There are ride marshals who may be able to assist or the support vehicle can collect you and your bike should you be unable to finish. Please note: we recommend that you carry at least a small tool kit with spare tube/tyre patches and you know how to use them. Please refer to the Be Prepared resource for more information on how to making sure that both you and your bicycle are in top condition for the ride.

Are the roads closed?

No – La Grande Gita is an open road event. Depending on the ride option you have chosen you will be riding on a mix of sealed and unsealed gravel roads plus sealed off-road bike paths.

You will be sharing the road with traffic – so usual SA Road rules apply including riding no more than two abreast and then only when safe to do so. Otherwise ride single file, particularly on narrow and winding roads. Be aware of your position on the road and how visible you are to traffic – both oncoming and approaching from the rear.

The route is clearly marked with Bicycle SA red arrows which are easy to follow. Copies of the map and route notes are available at registration and in the interests of your safety, please take a copy with you.

Be rider aware and warn your fellow riders that you are overtaking – a simple comment “Passing” is recommended. Please do not litter – take your rubbish home with you!

Do I need to let you know when I have finished or if I withdraw during the ride?

Yes! So we know not to send out a search party for you, please sign back in when you return from each loop. This will enable us to keep track of how many riders are out on the circuit and help ensure everyone has returned safely. If you decide to withdraw part-way through the ride and go directly home or have someone collect you, please call the telephone number for the Event Operations number which will be printed at the bottom of your Rider ID and the route notes.

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