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Barossa to turn it on By HON GAIL GAGO MP MINISTER FOR TOURISM SOUTH Australia’s brilliant Barossa is the place to be for fine wine, delicious food, the arts, sport and exceptional events including the Santos Tour Down Under. Indeed, the Barossa has been synonymous with the Santos Tour Down Under since this brilliant event began. As the Santos Tour Down Under has gone from strength to strength, the region has risen to the occasion. At the heart of the Barossa’s Santos Tour Down Under celebrations is the community, and the 2012 event will be no exception. From traditional Aussie barbecues, involvement in the Bupa Challenge
Tour and family activities in the town squares and village greens, there is no better way to welcome the Tour. This year’s ‘Barossa by Bike’ theme represents another excellent opportunity to showcase the best of the Barossa to an international audience. The combination of mild weather, picturesque landscape, cycling networks and plenty of places to wine and dine make the Barossa a perfect destination for cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities right on the doorstep of Adelaide. The 2011 Santos Tour Down Under attracted a record crowd of over 780,000 people, including many interstate and international visitors. The involvement of the new Australian Pro Cycling Team
GreenEDGE, which includes South Australians Stuart O’Grady and Jack Bobridge, and the opportunity for locals to ride the Tanunda loop of the Bupa Challenge Tour with the greatest cyclist of all time Eddy Merckx promise to be huge drawcards for the event and the sport of cycling in general. I’m certain that the many visitors expected will greatly enjoy the region’s hospitality as the community “turns it on” for the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under.
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Barossa gears up for 2012 Santos Tour Down Under ‘BAROSSA by Bike’ is the theme for BUPA Stage 4 of the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under, celebrating the region’s status as a premier cycling destination. BUPA Stage 4 on January 20 will begin at Norwood and take in Kersbrook, Mount Pleasant, Springton, Williamstown, Lyndoch, Rowland Flat, Bethany and Angaston, finishing in Tanunda. The Barossa region will also host the Bupa Challenge Tour which is expected to attract more than 8000 riders who will ride all, or sections of, the stage route from Norwood to Tanunda. The “Bradman of Cycling”, Belgian Eddy Merckx will ride the Tanunda loop of the Bupa Challenge Tour.
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Barossa Santos Tour Down Under Working Party chairman Dennis Gifford said the ‘Barossa by Bike’ theme is a chance to showcase the
Barossa’s user-friendly and picturesque cycling network. Family-friendly entertainment in the main street of Tanunda will include circus performers, clowns, face painting, best dressed business competition, local bands and a heritage machinery display, as well as food and drink stalls. Tanunda Town Committee member Jill Beitz is expecting a big crowd for the finish under the arch at 2.31pm. “Tanunda has a great community spirit and we know locals will roll out the welcome mat to ensure a great BUPA Stage 4 finale,” she said. The stage is 130km long and will include ŠKODA King of the Mountain at Smith Hill at Forreston and Menglers Hill near Angaston and Jayco Sprints at Kersbrook and Mount Pleasant. The Powerade Hydration Station will be in Springton.
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Bupa Stage 4 highlights 7.30am Start of the 79km Mt. Pleasant to Tanunda section of the Bupa Challenge Tour at Mt Pleasant Oval 9am
Start of the 33km Tanunda loop of the Bupa Challenge Tour at Tanunda Oval
(about) Bupa Challenge Tour riders commence arriving in Murray Street, Tanunda
10.30am (onwards) Family entertainment, displays and food/drink stalls in Murray Street, Tanunda 11am
Santos Tour Down Under BUPA Stage 4 start at Norwood
11.54am Jayco Sprint #1 at Scott St., Kersbrook 12.03pm ŠKODA King of the Mountain #1 at Smith Hill, Kersbrook 12.32pm Jayco Sprint #2 in Melrose St, Mt Pleasant 12.46pm Powerade Hydration Station, Main Street, Springton 1.16pm Santos TDU riders pass through Williamstown 1.28pm Santos TDU riders pass through Lyndoch 1.36pm Santos TDU riders pass through Rowland Flat 1.47pm Santos TDU riders pass through Bethany 1.57pm ŠKODA King of the Mountain #2 at Menglers Hill, Angaston 2.15pm Santos TDU riders pass through Angaston 2.31pm Santos Tour Down Under Stage Finish, Murray Street, Tanunda (near Basedow Road) 2.45pm (about) Santos Tour Down Under Stage Winner presentations
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Ride with cycling great CYCLISTS will have the opportunity to join the greatest cyclist of all time Eddy Merckx as he rides the final 33km section of the BUPA Challenge Tour in the Barossa on January 20. Merckx will ride the Tanunda-AngastonTanunda loop, taking in the climb of Menglers Hill. Known as the “Bradman of Cycling” and nicknamed ‘The Cannibal’, Merckx won both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia five times and the Vuelta a Espana once between 1968 and1974. He also won the road race world championship and Paris-Roubaix three times, Milan-San Remo seven times and Liege-Bastogne-Liege five times. Legendary cycling commentator Phil Liggett said the sport of cycling had never known a bigger star. The challenge is there for local cyclists to ride up Menglers Hill with Merckx in January. Simply register for the BUPA Challenge Tour at www.tourdownunder.com.au by 5pm Friday, January 6, 2012.
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Carnival fun in Tanunda A FAMILY fun day with a carnival atmosphere will be a drawcard when the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under rolls into town for the BUPA Stage 4 finish on Friday, 20 January. Jill Beitz, a member of the Tanunda Town Committee, said activities on Murray Street will be adapted to allow Bupa Challenge Tour riders to complete their ride under the finish arch and 'retire' to the Tanunda Oval. However, off-street activities include a family entertainment area involving clowns, face painting, bouncy castles and much more. There will be an array of food and drinks stalls as well as musical
performances and a display of heritage machinery will be a highlight. Jill said there would no shortage of entertainment between 10.30am and 3.00pm. In what promises to be a photo finish, the winner of BUPA Stage 4 will cross the finish line near Basedow Road at approximately 2.31pm, followed by presentations on the Ochre Presentation Stage. For information about accommodation and eating out in the Barossa, visit www.barossa.com or contact the Barossa Visitor Information Centre in Tanunda on 1300 852 982.
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Continue the fight against cancer YOUR spare change at the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under could help save a life, as Cancer Council SA joins forces with the UCI World-Tour event in the fight against cancer. As the official charity of the Santos Tour Down Under, Cancer Council SA volunteers and local community members will be out in force with collection buckets throughout BUPA Stage 4 in the Barossa. Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson thanked the community for their past support and fundraising, in aid of local cancer research. "With one in two Australians
diagnosed with cancer by age 85, chances are you or someone close to you has been touched by the disease," says Professor Wilson. "Donations made to Cancer Council SA will help to fund critical cancer research, ultimately saving the lives and improving the quality of life of Australians. "Cancer Council SA also invests in a diversity of cancer prevention programs to lessen the impact of cancer, and provides support for people with cancer, their carers, families and friends." Anyone with questions relating to cancer is urged to contact the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
GOOD CAUSE: Cancer Council volunteers Sue Haldane of Gawler and Karen Petney of Kapunda collect donations at the 2011 Tour Down Under.
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The Barossa cycle-friendly
THE Barossa region is fast gaining a reputation as one of South Australia’s most cycle-friendly regions.
development, community building, social and health benefits for the local communities.
The 7km Nuriootpa-Angaston Rail Trail, opened in November 2010, has proved a major tourism and recreation drawcard, with locals and visitors exploring the region by bike or by foot and appreciating the stunning natural environment and learning more about the region’s rich history.
The shared cycling/walking path will run along the North Para River course and the Tanunda to Gawler rail corridor, with links to the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort and the new Gawler East housing development.
The Trail also provides important links to other well-known attractions such as Tolley Reserve, Nuriootpa’s Linear Park, Barossa Bushgardens, Menglers Hill Sculpture Park and Barossa Farmers Market. Local residents and visitors to the Barossa and Gawler regions have recently learnt that they will soon have the joy of riding, jogging or walking between Tanunda and Gawler, and the intermediate areas of Rowland Flat, Lyndoch and Gawler East. This follows receipt of a $4.81 million Federal Government grant by The Barossa Council for the construction of a 27 kilometre-long shared cycling/walking path. The project will have sustained economic www.barossaherald.com.au
The project has cross-regional benefits from the McLaren Vale region to the Southern Flinders as the new path will link to other existing bicycle/walking paths, such as the Angaston-NuriootpaTanunda Path and the Stuart O’Grady Path, alongside the Northern Expressway, and the new electric rail service between Adelaide and Gawler. With this and other proposed and existing pathways, a major piece of economic infrastructure for South Australia will be created, namely a tourism and recreational cycling path from Willunga in the south through McLaren Vale, Adelaide, Barossa and Clare to the Southern Flinders Ranges in the north. Work on the path has commenced with a planned completion date of December 2012. 2012 Santos Tour Down Under Special - Page 11 - The Herald, Barossa Valley
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