An ensemble cast of past and present riders is being assembled, who will jump on their smart trainers to join hosted rides as part of the Virtual Challenge Tour powered by FulGaz.

The Virtual Challenge Tour is giving cycling enthusiasts around the world the chance to experience some of South Australia’s most iconic ride routes, which will now include a series of feature past and present pros of the Men’s and Women’s pelotons.

Days and times will accommodate audiences across Australia and the globe, which will include participation from two decorated former stars of the peloton, including:

  • Simon Gerrans – 4-time TDU Overall Winner, multiple Grand Tour and 2-time monument winner, and;
  • Fabian Cancellara – 4-time World Time Trial Champion, 2-time Olympic Time Trial Gold medalist and winner of countless cycling monuments

As a 4-time winner of the TDU, the event is close to my heart and I can’t wait to hit the Adelaide roads again, albeit virtually.” said Santos Tour Down Under legend Simon Gerrans.

Time Trialist extraordinaire Fabian Cancellara added, “The parcour put together for Chasing Cancellara Stage 2 looks really challenging. Stuey (O’Grady) tells me the Greenhill Road climb is a really popular route into the hills, and it looks like it’s followed by a punchy circuit into Uraidla. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

For those cycling enthusiasts that are not able to join the Santos Festival of Cycling in person, they can still immerse themselves in a once-in-a-lifetime experience of riding with the pro’s through picturesque South Australia.

More star riders will be announced and participants can register for the free Virtual Challenge Tour powered by FulGaz at TODAY through to 18 January, 2021, with the event going live on 21 January

Virtual Challenge Tour Hosted Ride Details

This is your chance to join the likes of Phil Ligget, Fabian Cancellara and Nadia Quagliotto via zoom as they race through the Adelaide hills.

With AM and PM sessions of most stages, we have tried to accommodate for most time zones however, as with any event in FulGaz once the stage is open you can ride it whenever you like.

For those who are able to make it to the start time you can also join us on ZOOM for a chat with some great hosts and special guests, including the voice of cycling Phil Liggett, 4-time TDU Winner Simon Gerrans, four-time World Time Trial Champion Fabian Cancellara and two time Tour de France stage winner, Jens Voigt, just to name a few.

Click here to check out when each stage and the hosted ride is happening for your respective time zone.

If you would like to join us on ZOOM, make sure to run ZOOM on a separate device to FulGaz and use the link below to join us at the stage start time.

You can ask questions via the zoom chat, so your questions for the riders ready!


The event will officially close on the 31st January, so if you can’t do all four stages in 4 days don’t worry there is plenty of time to get them done.