Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fighting the good fight - Adelaide 2012 - Tour Down Under

The last few days have been spent in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under. I was invited down by the awesome guys from Cannondale Australia to hang out, ride, eat and sleep. And we did a lot of these, except for the sleeping! I managed 6 hours a night maximum, but the days were filled with awesome Adelaide riding, meeting and riding with the Liquigas Cannondale team riders, checking out the expo and tour village and also chasing the race! Cannondale Australia provided awesome hospitality for my stay and they undoubtedly had the most eye-catchig team tent at the expo. A very professional set up.

The time spent on the bike was amazing. 40 degree days, awesome roads, good crew to ride with, excellent coffee. The nights were even better. Great food - Thai, Italian, wine bar, spanish beer, awesome company. When I got back to Canberra I slept for 10 hours - I was exhausted!!

3 days riding
4 hours average per day
40 degrees celsius days
300km driven on stage 1
1000s - cyclists seen every morning
$70 - sushi eaten
2 beers per night (endurance athlete!)
6 hours sleep per night
2000 vertical metres - climbed on day 2 of riding
When I will be returning to Adelaide: late February!

Goodbye bike, see you in (r)Adelaide

and we're off and taxiing

Go fast Corolla hire car - good for 200km/hr on the country roads

Royal Coach Motor Inn - pretty much only slept and showered here the whole time

warmish at night

Down Under Classic - TDU warm up crit race on Sunday night

TDU Event headquarters

Sushi Train - Gouger Street - Eel

Custom Cannondale knicks and jersey - nice work by Al Burgess to get these sorted

Cannondale HQ at the TDU bike expo. Cannondale EVO bikes in every size for demo were available for test rides.

Stage 1 feedzone at Kapunda - 40 degrees and 40+km/hr winds

Liquigas Cannondale team van

Nice beer - spanish

not sure if I would shop here

Crusing off to the Liquigas Cannondale team ride on Monday morning

At the start of the team ride

Rachel - marketing guru at Cannondale Australia

Cannondale - fighting the good fight!

See you in the last week of February Adelaide

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