People's Choice Classic
The Down Under Classic (previously known as the People's Choice Classic and Cancer Council Helpline Classic for sponsorship reasons), is a criterium around Rymill Park in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. It precedes the Tour Down Under.
People's Choice Classic 2015
|Region||Adelaide, South Australia, Australia|
|Organiser||Events South Australia|
|Race director||Michael Turtur|
|Editions||14 (as of 2019)|
|First winner||Robbie McEwen (AUS)|
|Most wins||André Greipel (GER) (3 wins) Caleb Ewan (AUS) (3 wins)|
|Most recent||Caleb Ewan (AUS)|
Since the very first Tour Down Under in 1999, there has been a history of city-based circuit racing in Adelaide. For several years the Tour Down Under featured a race around the East End of Adelaide and through the centre of Adelaide around King William Street.
The Down Under Classic was developed to retain a cycling race in the east end from 2016 due to rules preventing the number of small circuit races in a multi-day stage race.
The Down Under Classic has traditionally raced around Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka in the East End, however it has been relocated over the years.
In 2017, it moved slightly south from Rymill Park to King Rodney Park/Ityamai-itpina before returning to its traditional configuration in 2019.
The Down Under Classic is typically 'raced to distance'. For instance, in 2017 the race was 50.6 kilometres, or 22 laps of the King Rodney Park circuit.
In 2019, the format was changed to be time-certain, meaning the race lasted for exactly one hour and one lap.
The Down Under Classic does not count towards time or points of the Tour Down Under and, while promoted as part of the Tour Down Under 'festival' alongside the men's and women's races, is a distinctly separate race.
Instead, riders compete for prize money, with four sprint primes and the finish line prize all offering up the opportunity to obtain financial reward.
The winner of the Down Under Classic is awarded a victor's jersey, which often presents in the colours of the event sponsor. Under Cancer Council sponsorship the jersey was blue and yellow, People's Choice was green and white (until 2018) and in 2019 the jersey was red, owing to SouthAustralia.com support.