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Adelaide's legendary bike ride returns in 2015
In every city there is one ride that people would cycle. One ride that that every cyclist would train for. There is one ride that gets the masses on two wheels. Sydney has the 'gong, Brisbane has the Gold Coast Challenge and Melbourne goes the full way with a complete trip around the bay. But what about Adelaide ? Which annual bike ride in Adelaide is the iconic event that features in the majority of conversations in the peloton and later at the coffee shops ?

Coast to Coast

After a three year absence, it's back and its bigger and better than ever before with one of the biggest and most beautiful rides you'll get your wheels into. Popular demand has seen the return of the legendary Coast to Coast bike ride from the seaside suburb of Glenelg to the South coast town of Victor Harbor. With a new sponsor in Boileau, this event is sure to return to its proper mantle as THE peoples cycling event of Adelaide.

Coast to Coast

On 22 March 2015 the Boileau Velo Coast to Coast will see riders head to Victor Harbour with 4 ride distances depending upon your ability or desires. The big one, the Grande, commences at Glenelg, and travels 120km through Crafers, Aldgate, Mylor, Echunga, Meadows, Willunga Hill and Hindmarsh Valley before dropping down in to Victor Harbor. The route features some of the most spectacular cycling territory that South Australia has on offer

Coast to Coast

For riders wishing to avoid the uphill to Crafers, two additional ride distances may suit. An interim start line at Crafers means a total distance of around 100km, while a start line at Meadows Oval will mean that riders will travel 65km to Victor Harbor, both along the same route as the Grande riders.

Coast to Coast
Police Escort

And for families with kids, a mini coast to coast along the Encounter Bikeway provides a choice of either 10km or 20km, with the finish line again at Victor Harbor providing kids and families with a chance to cross the same finishing line.

Coast to Coast
Willunga Hill Food Stop

Food and drink stops along the route at Crafers, Meadows, Willunga Hill and Hindmarsh Valley ensure that all riders will have sufficient opportunities to rest, revive and replenish. There are also some great sponsors like Baker's Delight on board to provide their delicious high-carb and low GI fruit bars, ideal eating for long distance riders.

Coast to Coast
Finish at Victor Harbor

And for those who have done the ride previously, and have still not gotten over the ignominy associated with the hill on Hutchinson Road, it is still there and it is just as steep as it always was. So if you wish to avoid walking the bike up the hill again, or cursing under your breath as you tackle the hill, or being passed by another rider then perhaps some training up some of the steeper hills around Adelaide is in order before the 22nd March.

Coast to Coast
Massage tent at finish line

At the finish line will be lunch for all riders (except those on the mini-tour) as well as coffee, ice creams and other drink vans. There will also be live music, massages, bike stalls and much more entertainment for the whole family.

Coast to Coast
Live Music

Getting to Victor Harbor is easy, as you will be on your bike. To get back there are several options including :
turn around and ride back
ride the (50-55km) to Seaford Railway Station and catch the train back to the City
travel on the Bike SA coach / trailer that leaves Victor Harbor at 130pm or 3pm
meet your family down at Victor Harbor and hitch a ride back with them

Coast to Coast
The People's Ride

For further details refer to the Bike SA website or their facebook page.
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Why? The premier cycling event in Adelaide
When: 22 March 2015
Phone: 8168 9999
Where: Glenelg, South Australia
Cost: $69-$85 for the full distance
Your Comment
Yes, I remember that hill. About 10km from the finish by memory. It brought grown men to tears !
by Stefano (score: 2|215) 1789 days ago
Good to see this ride is back
by Sharon (score: 1|50) 1733 days ago
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