Ask RIDE…Tour Down Under: Stage 2
After being in a car for yesterday’s stage, I was happy to be on the bike again and exploring the Adelaide Hills. The feed zone seemed to be a good place to ride to and it is always exciting seeing the riders pick up their musettes and quickly dispense with the unwanted articles. Bottles scuttle across the road and the riders dispense with the unwanted items by flicking them into the air, out of the peloton. I really recommend seeing a feed zone – it is a frantic atmosphere and your chance to pick up some great (and free) gear from the teams.
Here are the details of the ride below. It is a very similar route to Sunday’s ride, except that I went up Old Norton Summit Rd, instead of New Norton Summit Rd as I did then.
I have met some great people down here from a variety of backgrounds, some at their first Tour Down Under and others here for the 12th time! Here are a few of the fans that line the roads of South Australia:
Gaynor, Steve, Louise & Joyce came out for one man: Mark Cavendish. This was the first time the Manx family had come to the see the race, "it's probably Cavendish that has brought us out today", Louise said.
Ryan and Ryan (left and right) are from Adelaide and are out every year to support the race. Riding with their mate Brad, from Victoria, the guys were all smiles at the KOM point on Stage 1.
Hilton and Andrew, from Perth, have made the trip to Adelaide to ride and watch. When I met them it was exactly what they were doing. The TDU is well designed to allow you to ride to a point in the race and make a day of it. Some, like Stage 5 at Willunga Hill, provide multiple opportunities to see the riders.
The Melbourne Spiders certainly aren't short of nice bikes! Baums, Colnagos, Parlees and Pinarellos are the order here – very nice. This is the 4th year for some of these guys who now make it a regular event for their group.
Guess the legs...they belong to an Australian and you know the team, so send Toby (@tobyshingleton) your answer via Twitter.
Felici on Rundle St makes a good coffee and has a nice selection of pastries and biscuits – a stylish option.
Thanks for reading, on to Stirling tomorrow!