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Holdfast Bay set for two TDU race starts

Holdfast Bay set for two TDU race starts

Holdfast Bay set for two TDU race starts

Monday 24 June 2024
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Brighton and Glenelg will both welcome the world’s best cyclists in the 2025 edition of the Santos Tour Down Under.

On Friday 17 January 2025 – which is also the first day of the 10-day cycling event – the female riders will start their stage 1 race from Brighton.

A week later, on Friday 24 January 2025, it will be the men’s turn and they’ll start their stage 4 race from Glenelg’s Colley Terrace.

Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Stuart O’Grady OAM said next year’s event, which is its 25th birthday, will be extra special.

He was joined by Assistant Race Directors Annette Edmondson and Carlee Taylor to launch the race routes at an event in the city this morning.

“This year we will see the women have a race first start in Brighton. It was a thrill to experience the crowds and atmosphere in Brighton for it’s first men’s start in 2023, so we are excited to be back again in 2025," he said.

“We will be back in Glenelg for Hahn Men’s Stage 4 which also saw a men’s start back in the inaugural 1999 race.

"Glenelg will set the scene for a stunning beachside stage.

“We’ve designed the routes to both challenge the riders and give fans the best possible opportunities to enjoy all the racing action up close.”

Holdfast Bay stages in more detail

Friday 17 January 2025, Ziptrak Stage 1 – Brighton to Aldinga, 101.9km

Beachside Brighton will host its first women’s start before the peloton heads to the Fleurieu Peninsula. Expect coastal vistas, a warm welcome from local communities and a sprint finish at Aldinga’s Snapper Point – already the scene of so much Santos Tour Down Under action.

Friday 24 January 2025, Hahn Stage 4 – Glenelg to Victor Harbor, 157.2km

Team tactics are set to come into play as cyclists head south to the Fleurieu Peninsula. Highlights include a journey across the Myponga Reservoir wall and a return to the Nettle Hill climb at Hindmarsh Valley that prompted plenty of drama when it featured in the 2023 race. Longtime stage finish location Victor Harbor will host another beauty.

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