2. Westpac Stage 2 - McLaren Vale To Echunga

Kuitpo, South Australia, Australia


Starting on the grounds of the Penny’s Hill winery, we make another historic start for what will be Stage 2 for the women's peloton this year. This is the first time the race has started in this location. The winery owner, Tony Parkinson purchased the winery grounds in 1998 but its history dates to 1846. The iconic location is recognised worldwide featuring on the international broadcast as a prime viewing location during TDU. The winery has hosted events for fans and spectators wanting the best vantage point from which to watch the event. The 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.