The story of the Tour Down Under Santini Collection

The first major World Tour race in the cycling calendar starts on the 14th January 2017

There is no better place than Australia to go in January when it is cold, wet, damp and dull here in the UK. It’s hot, it’s dry and the people of Adelaide love it! You’ll be sure to find a street party, live entertainment and lots of fuss about the best riders in the world taking on the first race of the year in Adelaide.

The Santos Tour Down Under 2017 will take the riders through the rolling hills and climbs of Adelaide’s countryside. Industry-leading cycling clothing professionals, Santini, once again provide the official kit and with the riders facing such extreme conditions, Santini have meticulously thought out and produced a technically advanced fabric allowing you to ride in pure comfort just like the the pro riders.

These jerseys all have a history, they have a story behind them that makes them stand out above any other on the market. It’s a jersey to save,  show off or collect as they are one off designs, never to be produced again. One of Santini’s strengths are in creating exclusive designs every year. So build your collection to hold a little piece of history with a fantastic and rich story behind them.

Adelaide Jersey

adelaide hills blog tony hewitt photo

Image Source: Tony Hewitt

These imaginative and hand crafted jerseys are not just a design that came from nowhere, they are not just a piece of fabric that has been thrown together. Santini have brought together the history of the area, the race, the landscape and shaped the jerseys around this idea. Starting with the Adelaide hills, These are quite a honoured place to Australia which is home to the people who settled here during the gold rush, the people here built small holdings, orchards and winery’s on the rolling hills which has now shaped it’s landscape. These factors are replicated on the front of the jersey teaming the rich green colours of the landscape which represent the rolling hills extremely well. The rear of the jersey features a detailed list design of the most famous Adelaide climbs.

“The back of the jersey also features an ‘A’ motif that contains a hill design encircled by 6 cog wheels which resemble the Commonwealth Star and Southern Constellation of the Australian national flag.”

Santini have used a very special Fabric called Energy Microsense fabric,  the super lightweight 100% polyester is ideal for hot conditions. It give a superior soft feel when on the skin, With no detail left forgotten,  A nice neat, full zipper which is neatly hidden provides even  ventilation, while raw cut cuffs with silicone grippers give a customised and secure fit.

“The Santos Tour Down Under ‘Adelaide’ jersey is complete with three handy pockets to the reverse, raglan sleeves for maximum freedom of movement in the shoulders, and signature Santini branding, plus branding from the Tour’s official sponsors.”


  • Santini Santos Tour Down Under ‘Adelaide’ Short Sleeve 2017 Jersey
  • Made from Energy Microsense fabric is antibacterial and soft on the skin
  • Full concealed zip
  • Regular cut
  • Raw cut cuffs with silicone grippers for a secure fit
  • Three back pockets
  • Keeps you warm in the cold, and cools you down in warm conditions

 Glenelg Jersey

glenelg gumtree blog

The ‘Glenelg’ short sleeve 2017 jersey has been represented incredibly well with the waves of bay at the beach side suburb, these are displayed flowing over the front of the jersey is a subtle and creative way, bringing out the character of stunning Glenelg perfectly. The graphic design has picked out the exotic marine colours of the tumbling waves perfectly.

The unique and quirky graphic on the neck of the jersey is a ‘G’ shape based on the ‘old gum tree’ of Glenelg, which is known to be the oldest settlement of the Europeans back in 1836.

This cycling Jersey also features the same attributes as the Adelaide Jersey.

McLaren Vale Jersey

McLaren vale, sweeping vines from samuels ridge winery

Image Source: Samuels Ridge Winery

This stage is often quite an interesting as it’s summit Finish mixes the race up as they tackle the famous Willunga hill. It appears that local Australian Riche Porte seems to like this hill has taken the Queen stage win a whopping three times, although he has never won the tour this stage can often be the deciding stage for the leaders jersey.

Again, Santini have created this stunning design based on the rich wine history of the Mclaren vale area. To represent this strong wine presence in the area, which it is very popular and well known for Santini have designed a creative, subtle wine bottle motif into the design of the front and back of the jersey. They have brought out the deep red and burgundy tones of the grapes in the jersey which has made for a one off stunning piece to add to the TDU collection.


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