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Recored Numbers Expected for Santos Tour Down Under Challenge
9 Jun, 2010

More cyclists than ever are expected to ride the Mutual Community Challenge Tour, the official public ride of the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under.

The ride, which is part of the Škoda Breakaway Series, will take place from Norwood to Strathalbyn on Friday 21 January 2011.

"The Mutual Community Challenge Tour is a great way for people to be part of the Santos Tour Down Under and ride the same UCI ProTour route, on the same day, as some of the world’s greatest cyclists," said Mike Turtur, Santos Tour Down Under Race Director.

"For the first time, the Mutual Community Challenge Tour will have four ride distance options ranging from the full 135km route starting in Norwood to a short 35km ride from Macclesfield to Strathalbyn.

"The extra distance option means more choice for cyclists and the opportunity for people of all abilities, from beginners to advanced, to take part."

Registrations for the Mutual Community Challenge Tour opened today, and people registering before 31 July will receive an early bird discount.

In January, a record-breaking 8,099 people took part in the Mutual Community Challenge Tour.

National cycling champion, Amber Halliday is calling on all Australians "to pull out the helmet, dust off their bike and unite in the fight against cancer by raising funds in the Mutual Community Challenge Tour."

Mutual Community’s General Manager, Eric Granger, said the iconic event was a natural fit given the company’s longstanding commitment to encourage active and healthy lifestyles, principally through cycling activities, such as, HBA Around The Bay In A Day and National Ride to Work Day.

"The Mutual Community Challenge Tour provides the perfect opportunity to promote the importance of helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives," Granger said.

"One of the most important elements of the event is that it encourages cyclists of all abilities to train for, and participate in the event, and we hope this increased activity will become a part of their everyday lives.

"We are proud of our continued support for both the cycling and the South Australian community and we encourage everyone to get involved; from riding the course to being a spectator at the country’s premiere cycling event," he said.

The ride options and prices for the 2011 Mutual Community Challenge Tour are as follows: START - FINISH



(8 June – 31 July)


(1 August – 7 January)

Norwood - Strathalbyn



$145 / $135

Gumeracha - Strathalbyn



$145 / $135

Balhannah - Strathalbyn



$120 / $110

Macclesfield - Strathalbyn



$100 / $90

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