Have you entered our 2013 Santos Tour Down Under Giveaway yet? Sunday, 6/24 is the last day you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to see the world’s best cyclists in the first UCI WorldTour race of the year, thanks to our friends at South Australia. So what will you get if you win the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under Giveaway? Read on or watch a preview from last year’s race, below, to find out what will be in store in the Land Down Under for one lucky winner and their guest:
One lucky winner and their guest will be flown from Los Angeles and arrive in Australia on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 where they will check into a hotel in the heart of the city of Adelaide. Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under will be going on, and the winners will be able to enjoy the afternoon exploring sites like the Tour Village, Gouger Street, Rundle Mall or the Adelaide Central Market.
On day 2 of the trip, the lucky winners will be right in the heart of the racing action, as they’ll be shuttled to see Stage 2 of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under. After the second stage, they will head to the Club Tour Dinner to enjoy the atmosphere of being behind the scenes in the Adelaide City Council Tour Village. By nightfall they will be enjoying a great meal, meeting cycling stars, and listening to some exciting stories.
On the third day, our winners will catch a ride to to watch the pros in action during Stage 3. In the evening, they’ll have a chance to explore the fine dining on offer in Adelaide, or at the seaside resort town of Glenelg, only 20 minutes by tram from downtown Adelaide.
Friday brings an extra special experience, as our winners will have the option to participate in the BUPA Challenge Tour (with a bike reserved for them). In 2012, 7052 recreational cyclists rode the same route as the professionals and cycling legend Eddy Merckx. In 2013, our lucky winners will have the opportunity to test their endurance and commitment as they ride through some of South Australia’s beautiful scenery to achieve the ultimate satisfaction of riding under the Santos Tour Down Under finish arch. They’ll receive an exclusive Bupa Challenge Tour 2013 jersey, an Official Bupa Challenge Tour Ride Guide with course information to help them prepare for the ride, access to refreshments at checkpoints along the route and a delicious lunch when they’re finished with their ride (they’ll have the option to watch Stage 4 if they don’t want to ride).
On day 5 of the trip, our winners will get VIP treatment at the finish line of Stage 5 of the Santos Tour Down Under (the video above shows the action from last year’s race). They’ll spend the day at the fully catered premium marquee as they watch the cycling elite race. They won’t miss any of the race action with a big screen positioned directly opposite their viewing spot!
Once the race is over, our winners still have a full evening ahead of them, with tickets to the Legends’ Night Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Center. The Santos Tour Down Under rolls out the red carpet and gives cycling fans the chance to glam up, celebrate and see cycling champions honored. The Legends’ Night Dinner has become a cycling social institution, honoring the world’s cycling greats. In 2012, cycling living legend Eddy Merckx dined amongst guests and shared some of his experiences with a captivated room of cycling stars and the like.
On Sunday, January 27, 2013, our winners will start their day with a scrumptious breakfast at the multi-award winning Adelaide Convention Centre overlooking the picturesque River Torrens. Then it’s off to Stage 6, the final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. They’ll enjoy the last day of the Santos Tour Down Under in style on the Club Tour viewing platform. Fully catered and located on the start/finish straight, our winners will get to watch the crowds gather and cheer on their cycling heroes before attending the Presentations to top off an amazing week of cycling and sight-seeing!
When our lucky winners fly home on Monday, January 28, 2013, they’ll go back with memories of the trip of a lifetime in beautiful South Australia, thanks to our friends at the South Australia Tourism Commission. Remember, entries for the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under Giveaway close at the end of the day on Sunday, June 24, 2012 – check back on July 23, 2012 to find out if you won!