Adelaide seems to have one of the most diverse areas and regions to ride a bicycle for avid cyclists. Read on to get all the reasons why you should be making Adelaide a must this summer.
Adelaide has been a playground for cyclists for a long time and has really come to prominence in the last decade with the Tour Down Under firmly cemented in the international cycling calendar, kicking off the season each summer in Australia.
Adelaide has an estimated population of 1.3 million people, but despite this, is not a concrete jungle like other cities, with Adelaide in between the beautiful coast line and the Adelaide hills, with a bike friendly culture and infrastructure that tends to support cyclists.
Adelaide has varying terrain for cyclists, with the coast and city being very flat, and the Adelaide hills starting just past the city. Adelaide has some of the most predictable weather also, and in summer in particular it is spot on with dry warmer conditions.
Adelaide’s coastal riding is a favourite spot for cyclists, with over 30 kilometres of coast to explore from North Haven to Seacliff, including the popular spot of Glenelg, with Glenelg Jetty and other spectacular views on a clear summers day.
The Adelaide hills are a cycling Mecca for avid cyclists. Mount Lofty is a popular climb with a great lookout and café, with a bicycle path taking you most of the way to the peak altitude of 727 meters. Other famous climbs are the corkscrew climb at 2.4km long and average gradient of 9.4% and multiple switchbacks. Norton summit is probably the most popular climb in Adelaide, at 5.5km long and average gradient of 5.3%. Another favourite just outside of Adelaide is Old Willunga Hill, famously used at the Tour Down Under as a decisive climb each year with thousands of spectators lining the climb, which is 3km long at an average gradient of 7.4%.
At the doorstep of Adelaide are some of the surrounding areas such as the McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley wine regions, which are a bit of a longer trip, but we have done it multiple times in the past on the bike, with yummy wine tasting after the well-earned adventure and epic scenery along the way.
Other small country towns just outside of Adelaide are also worth the ride. These include the old towns of Hahndorf and Stirling just to name a few. Hahndorf is located approximately 28km from the Adelaide CBD, settled in the 19th century, and is known for its German-style architecture, artisanal food and German beer, which is amazing. Stirling is located in the Adelaide Hills approximately 16km from Adelaide, with beautiful leafy surroundings and a population of only 2500 people.
We will be making our annual pilgrimage to Adelaide in January 2019 for our Tour Down Under cycling holiday tour, we hope to see you there.
All the best from the Euro Cycles Tour team :)