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Introducing the Virtual Santos Tour Down Under

Santos Festival of Cycling is teaming up with FulGaz to give all cycling enthusiasts, globally, the ability to ride some iconic segments of the 2022 race routes as part of the Virtual Santos Tour Down Under powered by FulGaz.

FulGaz delivers one of the most realistic experiential rides on offer. Over the festival period, anyone around the world can experience riding through South Australia in this epic virtual experience. Cycling fans with smart trainers who are unable to make it to Adelaide in January can explore some of South Australia’s pristine coastline and world-class vineyards.

The six of the seven stages include segments from the real race designed for the pro’s in January and Race Directors Stuart O’Grady and Kimberley Conte certainly haven’t taken the easy option in selecting some of the most challenging and exciting parts of both the men’s and women’s race routes for the virtual Santos TDU riders.

“Anyone in the world from the pro’s to the semi-pro’s and the MAMIL’s can get out there and challenge themselves”.

“We’ve got some great riding in-store for all FulGaz riders. Of course, we’ll take in the iconic Willunga Hill climb we’ve seen Richie Porte race on so many times, but we’ve added in a few hidden gems of the region that really show off how special South Australia is. – Stuart O’Grady

This is a free event for FulGaz subscribers, if you’re new to FulGaz simply register for the Virtual Santos Tour Down Under below and you will receive an extended free trial giving you access to this, not to be missed event.

If you are already subscribed to FulGaz keep your eyes peeled for the Virtual Santos Tour Down Under event channel, rides are now available to download and ride until 6 Feb, 2022. 


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Ziptrak Stage 1 – Tanunda to Williamstown

This stage is made for the likes of the sprinters, hiding in the bunch and gritting their teeth to hang in only showing themselves during the flat wide sections approaching the sprints in Williamstown.  The final climb up Whispering Wall is a classic for every local rider, it can be a deceiving climb and the sprinters will need to stay in contact with the bunch if they expect to join their lead out trains when the race makes the last sharp left turn onto Yettie Road, as they approach the final 3ks of the race.

Find out what Aussie ITT National Champion, Grace Brown thought out this opening stage of the Virtual Santos Tour Down Under here 

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Westpac Stage 2 – McLaren Vale to Echunga

This stage then climbs out of the winery up Peters Creek Road through the Kuitpo forest before descending into the Mt Barker area Whilst it’s early in the stage and not a ‘categorised climb’, it’s a long haul that will load up the legs and a considerable factor in wearing out the sprinters.  Unlike stage 1 where the stage could be impacted by wind and heat, this stage will see riders trekking along 2.8- kilometre section of dirt & gravel through gumtrees and pine forests as it climbs towards the QOM at Prospect Hill. Featuring a feed zone at the Meadows bakery, a favourite of cyclists, and a Sprint in Echunga the race enters the most technical section of the day on its way to Hahndorf, the oldest German settlement in Australia and a favorited tourist destination. The course undulates and turns its way back towards the finish line with another opportunity for the sprinters to make their mark in Echunga.

Find out what Rachel Neylan from Team Cofidis thought of the Virtual Santos Tour Down Under stage 2 route, here.

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Be Safe Be Seen Stage 3 – Lobethal to Lobethal

This will be the final stage for the female peloton to tackle during the 2022 Santos Festival of Cycling, it’s the longest and will require both skill and concentration as it features 2 unpaved sectors, 2 sprints, and a final challenging climb only 2 kilometres from the finish. This stage is dynamic, with changes in terrain, elevation, and wind direction every rider will need to stay focused.  This stage has the capacity to turn the General Classification upside down as it brings into play elements of uncertainty particularly with the inclusion of 2 gravel sectors which can lead to punctures, falls, mechanicals and other misfortunes, luckily for you, riding on FulGaz you shouldn’t need to worry too much about these! These sectors add new challenges for this race as not every rider is suited to racing on dirt roads.

Roxsolt rider and former national champion, Peta Mullens, gives you the low-down on Stage 3 of the Women’s road race for the Tour Down Under, here.

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Cervelo Stage 4 – Stirling to Lobethal

Stage 4 in the Santos Virtual Tour Down Under, signals the first stage for the mens professional peloton during the 2022 Santos Festival of Cycling. The ride starts off with a gentle roll out to Lobethal before our first categorised climb of the Tour, a fairly easy Cat 3 to get the body warmed up and ready for the descent down into Cudlee Creek and then following the undulating roads around Kangaroo creek reservoir into Gumeracha then turning back towards Lobethal, along the beautiful Keynton Valley Road before finishing off on the final loop which has a couple of little ramps in there to test the riders legs.

Join former Aussie TT Champ, Luke Durbridge as he previews stage four of the TDU with Stuey O’Grady here.

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FulGaz Stage 5 – Mount Lofty to Woodside

We start stage 5 atop of our highest and most iconic climb in Adelaide, Mount Lofty. It’s one of the most spectacular roads we have as we pass Cleland conservation park and begin the race in Summertown and dive downhill through Uraidla and into Balhanna. Get ready for the super-fast start as you plummet down the windy Greenhill Road section then turn left towards the picturesque village of Hanhdorf, before beginning the second Climb of the race Hawthorn Road, which has a nasty little section of over 11%.

Jumbo Visma rider and former ITT world champion, Rohan Dennis shares his insights for the FulGaz Stage 5 route for the Santos Tour Down Under here

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BikeExchange Stage 6 – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill

It’s Willunga Hill Day! Everyone has the chance to test their form against the King of Willunga Hill, Richie Porte.

Richies dominated this climb for the past 8 years and Race Director, Stuart O’Grady can’t see anyone defeating him this time either. We start the ride alongside one of the most highly rated coastlines in Australia, Aldinga.

The beaches are white and the water is crystal clear but keep your mind focussed on what lays ahead…

After riding along the coast you will make your way along the wide roads and gentle climb up towards McLaren Vale  once through the town you have a few more kilometres to take in some water and maybe a final energy gel as the leg sapping Willunga Hill comes into vision on the horizon.

It’s a slow painful grind up to Willunga township and as you turn left onto the bottom of Willunga Hill get ready for the hardest part of the climb, the first kilometre!

Stuey’s advice? Don’t go into the red in the first km as you will die a slow death as you crawl towards the finish line, instead, save some power for when the climb flattens out in the second and even more so in the final kilometre and give it everything you have to clock your final Strava time and check it against the Pro’s.

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City of Adelaide Stage 7 – Adelaide Loop

Three laps of the City of Adelaide. A mostly flat circuit that takes you past some of the amazing sights and sounds of this iconic Australian city. Keep an eye out for our virtual tour guide ‘Bernard’ as you learn more about this beautiful city.

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BONUS RIDE – Park Lands Trail

The Adelaide Park Lands Trail is a 19.5km loop around the city that will see you snake your way through beautiful parklands whilst exploring the outskirts of the Adelaide CBD. A great recovery or warm-up ride that will have you booking your trip to Adelaide in no time.

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BONUS RIDE – Riverbank Trail Loop

The glittering River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri is encompassed by landscaped banks and families of birds. You could spend a whole day exploring the area by visiting the surrounding gardens, galleries, zoo or hopping on a boat but until you visit for real, a FulGaz ride will have to suffice.

Four laps of a 6.4km loop makes for an easy recovery ride or warm-up with great views.

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Australia’s greatest cycling event is returning once again to South Australia from January 21 – 29 as the Santos Festival of Cycling 2022. The festival replaces the traditional UCI WorldTour, Santos Tour Down Under in 2022, due to COVID travel restrictions impacting the ability for international teams to travel as normal.

Cycling enthusiasts, locals and visitors alike will watch as elite cyclists travel through some of the state’s most scenic backdrops during the action-packed nine-day event.

Kicking off on Friday 21 January with the Adelaide Track League event at Adelaide Superdome, the dynamic nine-day program offers more than 25 events and highlights multiple cycling disciplines including road, track, para-cycling BMX, mountain biking and cyclo-cross.

An exciting 3-stage Men’s and Women’s road race will travel through South Australia’s picturesque Barossa, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula regions as Australia’s most elite cyclists battle for supremacy.

For more information on the Santos Festival of Cycling visit – https://tourdownunder.com.au/

New to FulGaz? Here's the quick start guide.

1. Download FulGaz and set up a free account
We’re offering all new subscribers participating in the Virtual Santos Tour Down Under, a 30-day free trial no credit card required.

Downloading the trial gives you full access to FulGaz with no restrictions on content, or how often or how far you ride. If you’re new to FulGaz register to be part of the Virtual Santos Tour Down Under and we will email you a promo code to extend your trial.

2. Connect your devices
When you load up FulGaz and hit Get Started, you’ll be greeted with a pairing screen. Here your smart bike/trainer/speed sensor will be picked up and listed. Select the devices you’d like to connect and click Let’s Ride.

Pro Tip If you can’t see your devices when trying to connect, they are most likely paired with another app (RGT, Rouvy, Zwift). You will need to deselect your trainer from that app’s pairing screen, quit that app, and restart FulGaz.

3. Set your preferences, weight and slope scaling
Click the settings icon to take a moment to set your display preference (metric or imperial). For the most realistic experience, enter your weight and bike weight. There are many other settings here also; it’s best to get a feel for riding FulGaz first before adjusting these. Start at around 60% uphill to get the feel. You can adjust this in ride also.

Pro Tip If you find the hills too hard, you can adjust the Slope Scaling, this is essentially the “trainer difficulty”. Adjusting this won’t make you faster, but it will make hills easier!

4. Download a video and ride
We always suggest downloading the video ahead of time. For any event you must download the video.  Before the event, test your set up with something from the Easy collection. These rides will give you a good “feel” for how FulGaz looks and interacts with your trainer or smart bike.

5. Get event-ready
Before you start your event, make sure you turn up at the start line ready.

Here’s a quick checklist

      • Download the ride ahead of time
      • Stay hydrated – have at least two bottles of water available
      • Have a towel and fan to help you cool down.
What equipment do I need?

To participate in this event from the comfort of your own home you will need some cycling equipment.

PRO Set-Up

  • Road Bike
  • Smart Trainer (e.g Wahoo Kickr, Elite Suito,) or a smart bike.


Basic Set-up

  • Road Bike
  • Standard Trainer (Check out some options here)
  • Speed Sensor if using Standard trainer.

Connection equipment

FulGaz works on Apple TV, MacOS or an iPhone or iPad as well as Windows and Android devices. To get started you will need to download the app onto your respective device. For an amazing viewing (and riding) experience we highly recommend using an Apple TV connected to your lounge room TV or monitor.

Please note rides in ‘event mode’ will force you to download the ride prior to starting. This ensures an uninterrupted riding experience so make sure you download each stage well ahead of time to avoid delays.

To find out more about the minimum specs required for your device, click here. 

Do I have to ride these in order?

You can ride these routes in any order you like, just make sure you finish before the event finishes on the 6 Feb, 2022. (Midnight AEDT)

When are these rides available?

All routes will be available to download and start riding from January 17. You can ride them once they open in your timezone. Exact start times are to be announced.

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