Tour Down Under cancelled again in favour of smaller local event

The Tour Down Under in Adelaide has been cancelled for a second consecutive year with organisers opting for a rerun of a smaller local event.

Scheduled for January, the organisers of the Tour Down Under were unable to overcome the uncertainty around international border closures and quarantine requirements for overseas competitors.

Events SA executive director Hitaf Rasheed said they had “fully explored all avenues”.

“[The] Tour Down Under is a much-loved event on the world cycling and Australian sporting calendar and an important economic driver for South Australia,” he said.

“Unfortunately in the end it was the border closures and quarantine requirements for more than 400 people that make up the international teams that proved to still be too difficult to overcome.”

The UCI world tour race will be replaced with the smaller domestic Festival of Cycling on January 21 to 29 which will feature a variety of cycling events, including track, BMX, mountain biking and paracycling.

“Although international major events continue to be challenging, we will celebrate cycling in January 2022 in the best way we know how and welcome visitors to Adelaide once again to kick off the new year,” said SA Premier Steven Marshall said.