Adelaide Cycling Routes

Adelaide's Best Cycling Routes

Mount Lofty and the Adelaide Hills (56.2 mi / 90.4 km)

 

A days riding through the magnificent Adelaide Hills. No other city in Australia can provide you with access to a ride of this quality so close to the city centre.

If you have followed the World Tour professionals as they tackle the stages of the Tour Down Under you will already be familiar with Mt Lofty and the picturesque town of Stirling, famous for its sprint finish which in 2018 was won by Cabel Ewan. But you are here for the hills and thankfully there are many with over 1900m of elevation.

Strava Segments to Note

Windy Point Climb 
The first climb you encounter includes the Windy Point Strava segment which is currently owned by Joe Cooper. Joe is a cyclist for the Bennelong SwissWellness Team and is also the New Zealand Time Trial National Champion. Jo took the segment in June 2017 with a time of 7.26 for the steady 3.6km / % climb. That's 26 seconds faster than the next rider in the list of almost 10,000 who have completed this segment on Strava.

The Old Freeway (Tollgate to Bollards) 
If you take this route in reverse direction the first climb you encounter includes this segment which was also taken by Joe Cooper in the previous year. Joe obviously knows how to grind it out uphill, with a time of 18.13m for the 8.64km segment with its average gradient of 5%.

See the route here.

Quick Fix Adelaide (19.6 mi / 31.5 km)

If your visiting Adelaide and only have time for a short flat ride, this one is a good option.

See the route here.

Old Willunga Hill (80.0 mi / 128.7 km)

Old Willunga Hill has entered cycling lore as the stage that determines the overall winner of the Tour Down Under - the first World Tour race of the calendar year.

If you are visiting Adelaide you would be crazy not to experience this iconic ride. Our route takes you on an easy ride south to the wine region of McLaren Vale. At the 60km point, we start the 6km climb up Old Willunga Hill, with an average gradient of 7% and short sections of 13%. From here we trek along the hilltop Range Road to Mount Wilson and then enjoy a number of smaller climbs and descents on the way back to Adelaide where you should enjoy a well-earned beer or a nice McLaren Vale red.

Strava Segment of Note - Old Willunga Hill

It's an easy choice and one where you can truly gauge the power of the best riders in the world, who put it into the red zone as they challenge for the win on this worlds class climb.

The stage is owned by Australia's Richie Porte, winner of the last 3 TDU stages on Old Willunga Hill. Richie's first is still his best, averaging a staggering 27.1kmph, completing the 2.99km stage in 6.39mins. Nice work Richie.

See the route here.

 

Thomas rode Willunga Hill as part of a Livelo guided ride in January 2018. Check out Thomas's ride here on Relive.