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The ultimate guide to Stage Six of the Tour Down Under
It all comes down to the final day of racing along Adelaide's city streets with the final stage featuring 20 laps of a course looping from Victoria Square past Adelaide Oval and Colonel Light, before heading past the Parklands and back to Victoria Square.
To help everybody through the TDU, and in particular the spectators, visitors, riders, cyclists, foodies and anyone in between, this guide to surviving this stage of the Santos Tour Down Under is offered.
The Race for Foodies
Food choices for today include everything and nothing. A Sunday in the City means cafes and restaurants in the regularly meals locations of Rundle, Gouger, Hindley and Hutt Streets will be open providing many options. But if you wanted a bite to eat alongside the race course, then this will be more challenging as the course bypasses most eating houses.
However for people looking for the perfect food event, why not prepare your own picnic basket, and get yourself down to your favourite spot under some shady trees and roll out the picnic rug. There can't be too many better things to do than to have a picnic in Adelaide's parklands.
Stage Six ensures that the City of Adelaide is on show, with 20 laps around some of Adelaide's favourite icons including the Adelaide Oval, Festival Theatre, Government House, Parliament House, St Peters Cathedral and the tram tracks. Some of the best spots for good rider views include :
Colonel Light's Statue on Montefiore Hill
GPO on King William Street as riders negotiate a U-turn across the tram tracks
Government House at the feed station time
Montefiore Road under the shady gum trees
Lead out Train
Before The Race
Before the race activities for the final stage is typically kids day with the Santos Mini Tour for Kids giving youngsters a chance to do a lap of the course before their heroes get there. With the Subaru Tour Parade giving away the last of its giveaways, clowns, silly cyclists and other entertainers on the track, kids are sure to be amused for hours prior to the start of the race.
Mini Tour for Kids
Stage six is the easiest of the stages to get to as it is in the heart of the City. For cyclists coming in to the City for the day, expect to see some road closures in and around the race course, which may mean that getting to your favourite spot may take a little longer.
Today's stage takes riders past some of the icons in the City of Adelaide. My suggestions for riders today are :
Colonel Light was a Surveyor, which partly explains why the City of Adelaide is in a square mile with straight streets. And as the crow flies, he is pointing towards the finishing line of this stage of the TDU
Jamie's Italian cooks a mean pasta - probably best to wait until the end of 20 laps before you call in there
Government House is the only house on North Terrace that has permanent residents
The largest crowd at the sporting mecca of Adelaide Oval gathered in October 2014 to see the Rolling Stones.
Adelaide has a history of creating slippery roads (Hindley Street) - there are no promises regards the tram tracks near the GPO
After The Race
At the end of this race, the winner of the Santos Tour Down Under is crowned on a stage near the finish line on King William Street. Join in the celebrations with the winners around the stage before heading to your favourite post race venues.