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I feel like I am living back in the northern states with this early start of the race due to extreme heat(> 39 deg celcius) as race co-odinators have started the Tour Down Under early and reduced the km’s of the race. (click on above for past event)
Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis are two of the favourites here as riders embrace for a week of challenging tracks all over the streets of Adelaide.There are gruelling climbs in the Mt Lofty hills and small towns from the north to the south. Spectators line the streets to get a glimpse of the action as it heads past.
The coordinator is Mike Turtur a former racer and the town is ready for showcasing some interesting parts of the city.
I remember a couple of years going to the finish in town and sponsors gave out free reflectors, balls etc . It amazes me how the riders get so close to one another as they go pass, it sounds a lot like a swarm of bees. I noticed that the atmosphere is carnival and there is a host of food vans just under the bridge.
Willunga stage is where the race can be won and if you don’t know Willunga Hill well its one steep hill to test all the riders.
The riders are from all parts of the globe and it seems to become a bigger event each year with small towns putting up signs etc to welcome the riders in. I think that the cappucinos are raging at moment for alot of the event. Also this time of year you need to have eyes at back of your head as the number of bikes on the roads is ridiculous.
Their are prizes for each stage winner and for sprinters and for king of the mountain.
All the riders meet back in town at the finish and the town has a party.
An addendum :
In the Womens’ Tour Down Under 2019 supervised by race director Kimberley Conte
The results :
Amanda Spratt won the general classification , runner up was Lucy Kennedy third Rachel Neylan and Krista Doebel Hickok (USA) only 6 seconds behind runner up.