A bike race conjures many scenes. Today I had the opportunity to sit in the passenger seat of the team car for the rider who had won stage one of the Santos Tour Down Under and led the GC for a day. Orica-GreenEdge’s owner, Gerry Ryan, extended the invite and Matt White the DS, and Craig Geater the mechanic, welcomed me into their work place for the day.


Click the photo of Luke Durbridge (below) to start the slideshow…


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I had a camera and while the stories of this stage will be relayed in the next issue and on ridemedia.com.au, I couldn’t resist creating an extended mix of some images from my day.

The photos below are a small percentage of the images captured during a most entertaining day. To see the number of people on the sides of the road reminds me that cycling is indeed a beautiful thing. People come to watch. And they participate, enjoy it, experience it… live it. The Tour Down Under has become a festival of sport. Of those who we sped past in the GreenEdge Volvo, many had cameras. I’m sure there are a lot of people with a collection of lovely photos from their time at the race. If you were one of the many on the roadside, thanks for making the day seem like I was driving through a stadium of cycling fans.


– Rob Arnold