Take me back to the 2018 Tour Down Under! Holidays seem long gone to me now, even though our week in Adelaide was only a fortnight ago. Now I’m counting down to tonight’s AFL Women’s season opener and AFLX in the not-so distant future!
Anyway back to bikes… Jason and I are lucky to share a common interest in cycling and have gone to every Tour Down Under for as long as I can remember. Not only do TDU goers get to see some of the best professional cyclists in the world, but the event also offers spectators the chance to see the best South Australia has to offer.
Keep reading below for all the details from our 2018 Tour Down Under.
Monday, January 15
On our first day in Adelaide, a rest day for the riders, we headed south to sample the crystal-clear water at Sellicks Beach. In the evening it was back to the city for dinner at Madame Hanoi.
Tuesday, January 16
On Tuesday we drove just over an hour to the township of Lyndoch, in the Barossa Valley. With a prime position on the finish line we saw German sprint king André Greipel take out the race’s first stage. It wouldn’t have been a trip to Lyndoch without taking home some German cake from the popular bakery on the main street.
Wednesday, January 17
One of our favourite stages is the annual circuit around Stirling and this year’s trip didn’t disappoint. A highlight in this Adelaide Hills town is the food offering from locals. Gourmet pies, strawberries, home baked cakes and more are all on offer. Aussie young gun Caleb Ewan took out the uphill sprint across the finish line.
Friday, January 19
Thursday’s forecast of 42 degrees saw us abandon any tour watching for the air conditioned comfort of home. Despite the temperature pushing just as hot on Friday we made it down to Norwood for the stage start. As you can see from my photos below, the stage starts provide plenty of up close and personal access to the riders. Most are all too happy to sign an autograph and take a selfie with fans. Later in the day we ventured into the Adelaide Hills to watch steepest part of the race from Woods Hill Rd.
Saturday, January 20
Saturday, our final day at the TDU, was of course spent roadside on Willunga Hill. We had front row seats to the Richie Porte show as the four-time Willunga Hill champ made it five with another gritty performance up the famed climb. Porte’s win saw him tied with Mitchelton-Scott rider Darryl Impey, with the South African technically finishing in front on a count back of previous stage results.