Cycling events christen The Bend Motorsport Park

UNIQUE: The 2018 Women's Tour Down Under and the Revolve 24 cycling events will be hosted The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend. Photo: Supplied.
UNIQUE: The 2018 Women's Tour Down Under and the Revolve 24 cycling events will be hosted The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

The Bend Motorsport Park will play host to it’s first races on the weekend, but they will be pedal-powered. 

The longest stage of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under and the Revolve 24 cycling events will christen the new Bend Motorsport Park on Saturday morning. 

The 2018 Women’s Tour Down Under begins at 10.30am with a neutral start towards Tailem Bend, before the rider head through Murray Bridge on their way to the leg’s end in Hahndorf.

Riders are expected to be travelling across the bridge from 11.50am and making their way up Bridge Street and Adelaide Road before turning onto Old Princes Highway around 12pm.

The climb into the Adelaide Hills comes via Callington and Kanmantoo before riders sprint through Nairne on their way to Hahndorf.

Key viewing locations can be found at The Round House, on Bridge Street itself and at the top of Adelaide Road. 

Businesses en-route are encouraged to show their support and welcome riders, support crew and visitors to the town. 

The region’s city and towns will be on show so the Rural City of Murray Bridge council would like to encourage local businesses to dress up their shopfronts. 

Businesses are encouraged to do so to welcome the riders and visitors and perhaps even grabbed some media attention.

Find out where the Santos Women's Tour Down Under peloton will race including all stages, downloadable GPS-enabled maps, point-to-point documents and printable route maps by visiting: tourdownunder.com.au/tours-and-news/womens/stages.

RACE: The route cyclists will take as part of the 2018 Women's Tour Down Under on Saturday. Photo: Supplied.

RACE: The route cyclists will take as part of the 2018 Women's Tour Down Under on Saturday. Photo: Supplied.

Revolve 24

Organisers of Revolve24, Australia’s newest cycling festival, will be holding their full weekend of cycling events, taking place at The Bend Motorsport Park from Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 January as an associated event of the Santos Tour Down Under.

The event will officially open on Saturday January 13 with the inaugural SA Penny Farthing Championship. 

Up-to twenty of these spectacular vintage machines will be competing in a 30 minute sprint race and are expected to reach speeds of up to 45-50km/hr.

The big bikes certainly aren’t for the faint-hearted.

Immediately following the Penny Farthing Championships, race elites, juniors and most grades in between will take part in the Cycling South Australia State Criterium Championships.

At 10.30am on Saturday, Revolve24 and The Bend will play host to the third stage of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under where the fastest women in the world will sign on, warm up and set off for a neutral lap of the track.

The keystone event for the festival, Revolve24, then takes centre stage. Revolve24 is team endurance challenge is suited to riders of any skill level. 

Riders can choose between 24 hour, 12 hour and six hour challenges and enter as a soloist or a team of two, four, six or eight.  

The 24-hour riders will hit the track at 3pm, 12 hour challengers at 7pm, and 6 hour racers on Sunday at 9am.

A special podium presentation of winners will be held at The Bend at 3:20pm on Sunday January 14.

Revolve24 is Australia’s newest cycling event that comes to Adelaide direct from the U.K. With Olympic gold medalist Stuart O’Grady at the helm as Race Director. 

Adelaide’s own world record-smashing sprint cyclist Matt Glaetzer will take part, the event is expected to bring hundreds of riders to The Bend’s brand-new 7.77km undulating track, to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.