Ready, set ...
|Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur OAM prepares |
to drop the flag for a rolling start to Stage 3!
... and see the Tour Down Under roll through the neighbourhood. Thanks to the Tour Organisers for bringing the race so close to home for a few 'quick pics'.
|After a parade of police escorts, officials, guests and media, |
the riders came into view at last.
|Here comes the peloton!|
Stage 3 took the riders from Glenelg to Victor Harbor, two of South Australia's best-known beachside holiday spots. On the way, the Tour came through my local neighbourhood.
|Peter Sagan is near the front with his Bora-Hansgrohe team|
and bunched in with Astana, Trek and Sunweb.
I had been feeling so good lately, I tried to walk the short distance to determine how fit the body truly was (or whether the only reason for feeling so capable was the extra rest of school holidays).
Every now and again, I need to test myself to see if my physical limits have changed. How do you know if you can do anything if you don't do anything?
I think I was
|The green helmets of Bora-Hansgrohe are in the front.|
UniSA can be seen on the inside edge towards the back.
'Pride comes before a fall.'
I was hoping to walk to the corner and wheel back but halfway along my legs began to give up. I tried to 'do a Jens Voigt' and say, "Shut up, legs!" and push through but eventually I succumbed. My family wheeled me the rest of the way. Oh, well … I know the current limit now!
Local knowledge gave me a great vantage point of the apex of the corner. This position can be very dangerous for spectators because, if there is a crash or a rider comes out too widely around the curve, the spectators are likely to get 'collected'!
In this instance, the risks of that happening were low because we were just ahead of the official start line and the peloton was travelling in "race neutral" mode.
|Richie Porte #23 (BMC)|
defending the Ochre Jersey
These photos will get us started and I will add more as the day goes on!
Stage 4 has started and today the Tour rides through Lobethal.
Watch it if you can!
I'm also retweeting pictures and news occasionally (#TDU). My Twitter account is @Jodiebodie2. The SantosTDU_Live Twitter feed has been great at keeping everyone up to date in real time.
Have fun and enjoy the Festival of Cycling.
… to be continued …
Have a safe ride to Victor Harbor everyone!
Related Posts on Lupey Loops
"Lobethal Lights Christmas 2016", 24 December 2016: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/lobethal-lights-christmas-2016.html
"Tour Down Under 2017 People's Choice Classic", 17 January 2017: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/tour-down-under-2017-peoples-choice.html
You will find more Tour Down Under links in this blog entry.