THE SOUTHERN BAROSSA - WE L0VE THE PLACE WE LIVE!!
Tour Down Under through the Southern Barossa, January 2017
Accolades were heaped on the Southern Barossa - and particularly the volunteers, who, organised by the Southern Barossa Alliance, made the Barossa Stages arguably the best rural event of the 2017 Tour.
That the event ran over two days - first the Santos Women's Event on Monday, then the Men's Race on Tuesday - gave added impetus to the Southern Barossa organisers who mobilised an army of volunteers in both Lyndoch and Williamstown to not only decorate the towns but to turn on a community event which attracted visitors from around SA, interstate and overseas.
Despite extreme heat, Lyndoch's Wheels on the Green and Gourmet Village were outstanding successes and a tribute to all involved.
The Lyndoch, Sandy Creek, Cockatoo Valley and Williamstown loops are now embedded in Tour Down Under history, the region's geography with its flat stretches and hilly challenges amongst the vines echoing the scenery of the South of France, coupled with a convenient 'looped' route over good roads providing unprecedented viewing and access to the Peloton and the convenience of a long finish line down the main street of Lyndoch abutting the spacious Village Green, continue to make the Southern Barossa route so attractive to organisers.
...and then there's the 'Click-Clack Club' of crocheters and knitters who spent a good part of their year preparing creations to decorate Lyndoch's trees - and the 'Lyndoch Lycras and Williamstown Wheelers' who give new life to old bikes to place along the route - efforts truly unique to the Southern Barossa and which add to the excitement and colour of the event - and importantly draw extensive national and international interest.
Well done to all. This page will remain 'live' as an example of how the Southern Barossa 's highly motivated rural community embraces and enriches the Tour Down Under - and as a tribute to all who participated in the TDU's Southern Barossa experience in 2017.
Below are videos of the events in the Southern Barossa, and below that again is a gallery of images showing how the Southern Barossa celebrated.
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