Down Under Diary – The arrival

The day before the criterium before the race… that’s one way of describing the Saturday before the Tour Down Under. Or, for me, it’s ‘The Arrival’ – the day that marks the beginning of the annual tradition of spending a week and a bit in the Adelaide Hilton.

Since 1999, this is what I’ve been lucky enough to do: come to South Australia and watch a bike race.

Throughout the course of the week, RIDE Media will capture thousands of photos, conduct numerous interviews, witness some international racing, and spend some time on the bike. By the time the next issue of our magazine comes out, we’ll have collated a range of features about the events that unfolded at this festival of cycling. And while it’s unfolding we’ll prepare a series of daily entries on to offer some insight and imagery of what goes on in and around the race.

Here’s a collection of photos from the Saturday: team presentation day, and race one of the Santos Women’s Tour…


– By Rob Arnold



 As I wheeled Pete Kennaugh’s Pinarello Dogma from the mechanics’ compound in the Adelaide City Council Tour Village someone showing off native animals to the visiting media and race entourage asked if I’d like to get some photos with a python… it soon became apparent that the snake seemed to like gliding along carbon-fibre.


Snake and bike… an interesting combination that attracted plenty of attention in the pits.



For five years, RIDE Media has been photographing team bikes in a studio near the Tour village… Shane Lovejoy and Jack Lynch arrived on the Thursday before the race and rounded out the collection of WorldTour team bikes on Saturday. The last bike in the studio was that of Sergio Henao of team Sky.



There’s little difference to the F8 Dogma bikes of Team Sky for 2016; a new paint scheme and left/right Stages power meters the main changes since last season.



Jack and Shane captured a vast range of photos from three solid days in the studio in a suite of the Adelaide Hilton.



Sergio Henao accompanied us to the studio when we photographed his team bike…


The Specialized bike of Guillaume van Keirsbulck was enormous… and again one of the changes to the team-issue bike related to the power meter. In the case of Etixx-Quickstep, the switch for 2016 is to a small unit from 4iiii.


Instead of the mix of Shimano and FSA components we saw on EQS bikes in 2016, it’s a full Dura-Ace ensemble this year.


The Focus demo bikes include a collection with SRAM’s new wireless shifting system, e-Tap.


Fitted and ready to ride… once the battery has been clicked into position on the rear derailleur. If you’re in Adelaide, be sure to visit the Focus stand to get a taste of what this new shifting system is all about.


Have wheels, will ride. There are plenty of test bikes to try at the Adelaide City Council Tour Village.


Factor bikes will be ridden by ONE Pro Cycling in 2016. Visit the brand’s stand in the Tour village…


There’s plenty of innovation on the Factor frames… Jack and Shane capture a ranged of angles…

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Author: rob@ride

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