The Virtual Challenge Tour powered by FulGaz

In an event first, the Santos Festival of Cycling is teaming up with FulGaz to give all cycling enthusiasts, globally, the ability to ride some of the most iconic ride routes on offer via the new Virtual Challenge Tour platform which will be powered by FulGaz between 21-24 January 2021.

The Virtual Challenge Tour powered by FulGaz will consist of four stages across South Australian’s most popular cycling locations, highlighting some of South Australia’s world-class tourism regions.

The impact of COVID-19 has engineered event organisers to deliver an innovative and COVID-safe event for the community, by releasing a new interactive platform for all domestic, national and international audiences to engage with the race.

Event Manager, Ryan Healy, says that “the Santos Festival of Cycling is excited to team up with FulGaz to deliver a virtual platform for all cycling enthusiasts to enjoy globally. FulGaz delivers one of the most realistic experiential rides on offer. The team have been able to create and bring our Challenge Tour and South Australian regions to the world in this epic virtual experience. Cycling fans with smart trainers who are unable to make it to Adelaide in January can ride through some of South Australia’s pristine coastline and world-class vineyards and feel a part of the Santos Festival of Cycling.”

The four stages include aspects of the real race designed for the pro’s in January and Race Director Stuart O’Grady has certainly not taken the easy route in selecting some of the most challenging and exciting parts of the race routes for the virtual participants.

“Developing race routes for the Virtual Challenge Tour has been really exciting.  Knowing that anyone in the world from the pro’s to the semi-pro’s and the MAMIL’s can get out there and challenge themselves on a ride that has been created by the same team that delivers race stages on the first race on the UCI calendar has been amazing.  We definitely capitalised on the opportunity to not only deliver exciting and challenging rides, but to also showcase what South Australia has to offer to the world.  We expect anyone participating in this race will be booking flights to South Australia for 2022,” Stuart said.

Mike Clucas, CEO and Founder of FulGaz explains that each stage has been expertly filmed by the FulGaz team to provide the ultimate virtual ride experience for all cycling enthusiasts. 

“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.”

“City of Adelaide Stage 4 is a 8.7km circuit taking in all the sites of the Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide, including the iconic Adelaide Oval, Rundle Street, Victoria Square, Gouger Street and Light and Wellington Squares.”

“Having been a spectator at the Santos Tour Down Under for years, and now the newly created 2021 Santos Festival of Cycling, I am really excited to share this iconic State and city with the rest of the world,” Mike said.

Participants can register for the free Virtual Challenge Tour powered by FulGaz here until 18 January, 2021, with the event going live on 21st January.

The Virtual Challenge Tour stages overview:

  • Ziptrak Stage 1: Seppeltsfield – Tanunda 34.1km / 496M gain
  • Stage 2: Greenhill Road to Uraidla 24.8km / 839M gain
  • Be Safe Be Seen Stage 3: Aldinga Beach – Willunga Hill (Queen stage) 34.8km / 587M gain
  • City of Adelaide Stage 4: Adelaide City loop 8.51KM (total 25.53km) / 19M gain per lap