The 2022 Ladies’s WorldTour has not fairly ended however planning has already begun for its successor subsequent yr. The 2023 Ladies’s Tour Down Below will encompass three levels in Southern Australia, its organisers introduced on Tuesday, culminating with a day that features the enduring Corkscrew climb.
Though it’s not the inaugural Ladies’s Tour Down Below, it will likely be a race filled with firsts: the primary time it will likely be a WorldTour occasion after it was granted that standing for 2023, the first-ever Ladies’s WorldTour stage race held within the southern hemisphere, the primary Ladies’s Tour Down Below held since 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the primary Ladies’s WorldTour occasion of 2023.
“It is going to be an enormous second to have the primary ever UCI Ladies’s WorldTour stage race right here in South Australia and to see the easiest feminine cyclists competing throughout our state as soon as once more,” Assistant Race Director and three-time world champion Annette Edmondson stated in a press launch.
“We’ve got labored to create a race that can excite and problem the peloton but in addition ship an entertaining expertise for spectators, and I can not wait to see how the riders sort out every stage.”
The Ladies’s Tour Down Below will start on the fifteenth of January in Glenelg and journey 110.4km south via the vineyards of the McLaren Vale wine area in the direction of Aldinga. Two intermediate sprints will likely be located on the course earlier than a quick, flat end for the sprinters alongside the coast at Snapper Level.
Stage 2 is extra suited to the climbers, starting in Birdwood earlier than traversing 1,630m of climbing via the Adelaide Hills with a 7km lengthy categorised climb at Mount Lofty and ending in Uraidla. The ultimate 93.2km day will begin in Adelaide, tackle the Corkscrew climb, and descend to Campbelltown the place the general winner will likely be topped.
Earlier than the race, the groups will compete within the Schwalbe Traditional via the streets of Central Adelaide. Each occasions will type a part of a wider competition of biking in Adelaide and South Australia from 13-22 January, that includes 9 days of elite racing for women and men.
“As our state continues to set the tempo as host of main occasions, we’re actually excited to welcome the world’s most elite feminine cyclists and biking followers again to South Australia in January subsequent yr,” stated Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison.
“The Santos Tour Down Below occasion is a milestone for our State that actually requires a celebration as it can showcase South Australia at its greatest shining vivid in summer time and share one of the best our state has to supply, from spectacular coastlines to famend wine areas and the tranquillity of the Adelaide Hills.”