Adelaide Smiddy Challenge **2021 date TBC**

March, 2019

23MarAll Day27Adelaide Smiddy Challenge **2021 date TBC**Ride the iconic climbs from TDU over 5 daysAdelaideState:SADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Flat,Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,81-120 kmType Ride:Charity,Multi-day,Recreational

riders from the Adelaide Smiddy Challenge

Ride Details

The Adelaide Smiddy Challenge is your chance to take on the iconic climbs from the Tour Down Under!

( Note: 2021 dates TBC)

The Adelaide Smiddy Challenge is, as the name suggests, a ride that starts in Adelaide, South Australia. This ride travels through the stunning vineyards country around the outskirts of Adelaide, including travelling through to Hahndorf, Lyndoch, the Barossa Valley, Victor Harbour and then back to Glenelg. Along the way, there are some famous climbs: the old Wilunga Hill, the Corkscrew and then the Norton Summit climb. All rides made famous by the Tour Down Under

Over 5 days you’ll ride over 600km of distance with lots of elevation. This ride will require some level of fitness (especially with those climbs), so there is a training program that has been developed by the organisers, Smiling for Smiddy.

You’ll be raising money for Mater Research, funding research projects that will make a difference to the lives of those suffering from melanoma, prostate, ovarian and breast cancer. Support will be given to help you to meet your fundraising requirement. 

This is the second Smiddy Challenge, with the first riding from Townsville to Brisbane – The Original Smiddy Challenge: Townsville to Brisbane.

The Adelaide Smiddy Challenge is a 5 day ride that is held over 7 days. The first 2 days are spent in Adelaide, check that your bike is ready, meeting your fellow riders,  the rider briefing and a social ride the day before the serious riding starts. 

Day 1 (126km) Adelaide to Hahndorf. The day will start with the first hill challenge—heading up Norton Summit Rd—an Adelaide cycling institution. Once you’ve conquered the Summit, you’ll cycle the rolling hills and backcountry roads of the Adelaide Hills, heading towards the world famous MacLaren Vale wine region. You’ll then continue through the quiet back lanes to the historic village of Strathalbyn, taking in the old world charm of this quaint village. Before heading north, climbing gradually up the hills towards the famous German inspired town of Hahndorf.

Day 2 (138km) Hahndorf to Lyndoch. The day will start off easy, riding out over country roads and through the historic buildings and leafy streetscapes of quaint little towns. You’ll pick up some speed as the road falls down into the Angas Valley and the vast cropping lands abutting the Murray River. And then you start your climb up into the world famous Barossa wine region. You’ll climb past stunning vineyards, finishing at the beautiful town of Lyndoch which you’ll stay for the next two nights.

Day 3 (86km) Lyndoch – Barossa Valley Loop. This day is a little easier with a slower pace where you’ll cycle through the Barossa Valley, stopping to enjoy the local produce and to sample some local wines.

Day 4 (145km) Lyndoch to Victor Harbour. This will be your biggest day as you head south along the ridgeline of the Adelaide Hills, and make your way up the tough Corkscrew Road climb made famous by the Tour Down Under! After pushing your legs to the limit, you’ll then leave the hills behind and travel through the farm roads, before rolling down to sea level and historic Victor Harbour on the Great Australian Bight.

Day 5 (122km) Victor Harbour to Glenelg. This is your last day but you still have some climbing to do. The days starts with a steady climb up the range, crossing the peninsula before dropping back down to reach the shores of St Vincent’s Gulf and beautiful Aldinga Beach. You’ll then detour for the final climb of the tour, the infamous Old Willunga Hill. You’ll then descend down into MacLaren Vale and enjoying a break amongst the vineyards, before making your way through the beachside suburbs to our final stop at Glenelg Beach.

This sounds like a great ride with many iconic climbs that you can tick off from your Bucket List.

Adelaide is the capital of South Australia Is the westernmost capital along the south-east corner of Australia.  The Adelaide Smiddy Challenge is held in March, the first month of Autumn when the weather is generally temperate. You’ll find temperatures from between 5 through to 30 or 35 degrees. Expect to have dry conditions during the rides but you may experience some drizzle which should clear quickly.

You’ll find other cycling events, like the Adelaide Smiddy Challenge, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.



The Adelaide Smiddy Challenge is your chance to take on the iconic climbs from the Tour Down Under!


23 March - 27 March


Adelaide, SA


Extra Information

  • Hydration/Water
  • Meals/Food/ snacks
  • SAG Wagon
  • Mechanic
  • Medic
  • Jersey/knicks/gloves
  • Accommodation
  • Fundraising min $5,000