During the 20th edition of the Santos Tour Down Under, RIDE Media will be working with the race organisers to gather a few interviews before each stage…

Before the start of each stage of the Tour Down Under, the riders gather for sign-on and assemble in mini-vans rather than the team buses that are so ubiquitous in cycling these days. I means that the riders are… ah, a little more exposed to the media than they are during European races where they may, at times, only emerge minutes before the race begins.

The set-up at the Tour Down Under has essentially been the same since 1999 and it allows fans the chance to see their favourite riders as they prepare for the race.

After sign-on and sunscreen application, some are happy to chat… and the race organisers have asked RIDE Media if we could help gather a bit of content for its (relatively new) SoundCloud station.

It’s not always each to find a quiet spot to chat but the riders – and team directors (and other guests of the race – are happy to offer their appraisal of the race, recollections of their history at the TDU, and perhaps a few predictions for what’s about to unfold.

Subscribe to the Santos Tour Down Under SoundCloud station and listen to the interviews as they filter in each day.

 

Below are the interviews done by Rob Arnold before stage two.

Listen to Mitch Docker before stage 2 – click his photo.

Mitch Docker (ab0ve) is racing with the EF Education First-Drapac team in 2018. He is a punchy rider who doesn’t mind having a go in tough, uphill sprints. He’d like to think he could score a top-10 result in stage two to Stirling.

 

Scott Bowden (above).

For the second successive day, Scott Bowden is in The Early Break. The UniSA rider – who, for the rest of the season, is part of the Bennelong-SwissWellness team – says his days of racing his MTB are essentially over and he’s trying to find a spot on a WorldTour team in the future.

The Tasmanian who contested both the road race and MTB race at the Rio Olympics talks to Rob Arnold in Unley.

Jay McCarthy (above).

Jay McCarthy is the most recent winner of a TDU stage to finish in Stirling (2016). He talks to Rob Arnold about how his Bora-Hansgrohe team will determine which rider is going to be the leader for stage two of the 20th TDU.

Click the images above to listen to what Jay had to say.

Sir Gary Verity (above).

A regular visitor to the Santos Tour Down Under is Sir Gary Verity, the man behind the successful Tour de Yorkshire (and, of course, the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014). He talks about his fondness for the TDU, innovations for the women’s Tour de Yorkshire in 2018… and his favourite places in South Australia.

Click the pic above to listen to what ‘Sir Gaz’ had to say.

Zak Dempster (above).

Another interview done before the start of stage two of the 2018 TDU was with Zak Dempster of the UniSA team (for this race). He is part of the Israel Cycling Academy team for the rest of the season and he talks about is collection of languages, plans to return to uni, hopes of contesting the 2018 Giro d’Italia… and a few other things.

 

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More interviews will be uploaded to the Santos Tour Down Under’s SoundCloud station throughout the day…