Barossa’s Best

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Blend­ing un­du­lat­ing climbs and flat sec­tions through vine­yards and rolling farm­land makes cy­cling in Barossa re­gion, just north of Ade­laide, Aus­tralia, a unique op­por­tu­nity for both the train­ing-fo­cused and sight­see­ing cy­clist.

“My favourite ride links the Barossa Val­ley and Eden Val­ley,” says Craig Grocke, who works with the Barossa of­fice of Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia. “It’s two dis­tinct lands­capes with lots of punchy climbs where a rouleur might sneak away from the pack.”

The Ta­nunda Bike Hub, lo­cated 76 km north of Ade­laide, serves as the start­ing point for rides through Barossa. It has free show­ers, pub­lic toi­lets, bike-main­te­nance stands, drink­ing wa­ter and staff with cy­cle-fo­cused vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion all within walk­ing dis­tance of Ta­nunda’s best restau­rants and cof­fee shops.

The route is a counter-clock­wise loop from the Bike Hub through Lyn­doch, Wil­liamstown and Spring­ton, be­fore en­ter­ing the Eden Val­ley. The Seven Steps Road, which i ncludes seven steep in­ter­val-length climbs, leads cy­clists to a sim­i­lar style de­scent down Flax­man’s Val­ley road to An­gas­ton. From there, the route winds back to­ward Ta­nunda.

Grocke ad­mit­ted it was tough to link it all to­gether, but rec­om­mends us­ing Strava’s heat map to see which roads stand out among the lo­cal cy­clists.

“The best months for this ride are ei­ther Septem­ber to De­cem­ber or March to May,” Grocke says. “It’s best to ride early to avoid the heat. The early start will have cy­clists back be­fore lunch, un­less they get stuck at Yalumba with a food plat­ter and bot­tles of wine.”

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