In January – Adelaide becomes cycling mad. Here’s our pick on some of the organised participation rides you can take part in.
JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes – Friday January 15 – Sunday 17 January 2016.
The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is an exceptional event in one of Australia’s most scenic landscapes, the beautiful Barossa Valley, raising vital funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D). Be part of a team achieving something great. Friday 15 January to Sunday 17 January 2016. Or have an extraordinary Saturday 16 January 2016
Challenge yourself on professionally managed cycling routes: 35, 80 or 160km.
More Info @ http://ride.jdrf.org.au/
Big Red Ride – Saturday January 16.
Since its inception in 2011, this event has become a highlight of the cycling calendar – giving Adelaide’s cyclists an opportunity to ride alongside pro cyclists, win great prizes and enjoy the beautiful coastline.
It all kicks off on Saturday 16th January at Wigley Reserve Glenelg. You can choose to do a 48 Km Bike Ride to outer harbour and back- the course travels along the beautiful coastline to Outer Harbour offering amazing ocean views if you find the course too long – you can always turn around at the half way point.
· Or run/walk 5 or 10 km
There will also be some champions on the ride including Stuart O’Grady and Bradley McGee
And if you choose toFundraise for Muscular Dystrophy Sa and you could win an exclusive money-can’t-buy experience with legendary Australian cyclist, Stuart O’Grady
More info @ mdbigredrideandrun.org.au
Ride Like Crazy – Sunday 17 January
In October 2008 Senior Sergeant Koerner of the South Australia Police was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. His work colleagues and friends established a cycling event called Ride Like Crazy in January 2009 when more than 600 riders took part in this inaugural event. Senior Sergeant Koerner unfortunately passed away in November 2009, but since then there has been over 10,000 riders take part in the annual event and funds raised have been in excess of $800,000.
More Info @ http://www.ridelikecrazy.com/
Bupa Challenge Tour – Friday January 22
The Bupa Challenge Tour is a staple on many a cyclists’ calendar. Keen amateurs can ride a stage of the event on the same day as the pro teams through the Bupa Challenge Tour, which last year attracted more than 6000 cyclists. You can choose to rde 142.5km from Norwood near Adelaide’s city centre to Victor Harbor but you can also take shorter routes by starting from Echunga, Strathalbyn or Goolwa.
More Info @ http://www.tourdownunder.com.au/
Mini Tour for Kids – Sunday January 24
On Sunday 24 January kids aged from six to 12 can ride on the UCI World Tour track, just like the world’s cycling superheroes. Bupa mini tour for kids participants will ride along the start/finish straight of the Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 street circuit just a few hours before the world’s elite cyclists race the final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under