Subaru Stage 3 sends the peloton out of Unley into the Adelaide Hills for one of the more complex stages of the Santos Tour Down Under in recent memory. After departing Unley under neutral, the peloton will climb the South Eastern Freeway and exit at Crafers before tackling the previously used route between Piccadilly, Summertown and Uraidla.
Working their way back towards Lobethal, the riders will descend Fox Creek Road towards Cudlee Creek, then turn back towards Lobethal, pass through the township’s main street and exit to Gumeracha.
This is where the fun begins. Riders will ride into Cudlee Creek and through Chain of Ponds to reach Inglewood, where they will again take on the circuit linking it to Houghton and Paracombe four times before doubling back towards Cudlee Creek and descending Gorge Road.
At Torrens Hill Road, the riders will dig deep for the final climb of the day into Paracombe.
Win this stage and you’ll likely win the race. When the Torrens Hill Road finish was featured in 2015 and 2017, then-BMC Racing Team riders Rohan Dennis and Riche Porte went on to win those respective editions of the Tour.
Torrens Hill Road must surely be your place to view given its race-deciding nature the last two times it’s hosted a finish. You can see plenty of action by heading to Paracombe, Inglewood and Houghton for several passes by the peloton.
Stage In Detail
84km, Inglewood Inn, North East Road, Inglewood
95km, Inglewood Inn, North East Road, Inglewood
Subaru King of the Mountain
130.5km, Torrens Hill Road (at gravel siding), Millbrook, Category 1, 9.3%
San Remo Pasta Feed Zone
77km, Paracombe Road, Houghton
88km, Paracombe Road, Houghton
99km, Paracombe Road, Houghton
110km, Paracombe Road, Houghton
Total Climbing (exc race neutral): 2614m
Maximum Elevation: 613m