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Glenelg gears up to celebrate the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under
Glenelg is gearing up to celebrate the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under with three fun-filled events over two days – and they’re all free!
The party kicks off at 5pm Friday evening, 24 January, with the ever-popular Street Party which brings together all the very best gourmet food, pop-up bars, live music, fashion parades and great shopping.
Jetty Road will be closed to traffic to allow an estimated 30,000 party-goers to soak up the festivities on the eve of the fifth stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, with family-friendly fun to include roaming entertainers and a kids’ village in Cowper Street. There'll be stories and songs for little ones and a disco for the bigger kids, face-painting, giant games and more.
City of Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson says the TDU Street Party will be another fantastic free community event for locals and visitors to enjoy.
"It showcases everything we love about Glenelg – great food, fashion, family fun – and of course, the beautiful beachside setting," she said.
"It gives us another opportunity to celebrate as a vibrant, inclusive community - and we love it when visitors and tourists join in the fun too."
Cyclists and cycling fans, local and international media will converge on the Bay the next morning, Saturday 25 January, for the Santos Tour Down Under’s Stage 5 race start.
See the world's best professional cyclists up close including current World Champion Mads Pedersen who'll be wearing the rainbow jersey and perennial favourite, Aussie Richie Porte, who last won the TDU in 2017.
Head to Colley Terrace early to grab a photo or autograph and cheer them on as they head off from the start line at 10.40am and make their way to Victor Harbor - 149kms away.
"We're honoured to once again host a TDU stage start and we were there when it all began 20 years ago," Mayor Wilson said.
"This is the fifth time Glenelg has hosted a TDU stage and the benefits to the business community are significant."
“In addition to the short-term boost to our traders, the world-class event shines an international spotlight on the City of Holdfast Bay and we enjoy global media exposure that we wouldn’t otherwise get.”
“For our local tourism sector, it certainly represents a massive return on our investment in hosting the event.”
Wrapping up the Bay's TDU celebrations is the inaugural SpinCycle Music Festival, which features emerging local musicians and performers.
The aim of the event, held from 12pm-4pm after the race start on Saturday 25 January, is to provide a platform for young performers to share their talents with the community.
SpinCycle Music Festival will be held on the lawn area in front of the Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel, adjacent to Moseley Square.