This week in Adelaide marked the arrival of some
special international visitors.
It's that time of year again when the cycling teams roll in for the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia, including world champion riders, Peter Sagan and Richie Porte.
The UCI cyclists are not the only superstars in town–we are also happy to welcome back international performer, singer and songwriter, Sandra Pires, to her former home town.
|Vonda Last & Sandra Pires together on stage|
The audience was filled with friends and family of the performers. The beautiful venue, the Church of the Trinity, provided an intimate setting. I reconnected with acquaintances from my school days and more recent ones too. Adelaide is one of those cities where it is hard to go anywhere without coming across someone you know.
|Sandra & Vonda were accompanied by the Jelja Quintet:|
(from left) Alain Vālodze, Lainie Jamieson, Enrico Mick Morena, Jenna Bonavita & Julian Ferraretto
It was an enthralling performance of vocal and instrumental virtuosity, beautiful compositions, heartfelt performances and a bit of fun as well.
Fun for Sandra includes cycling and she was an Ambassador for the 2018 UCI Road Championships Innsbruck–Tirol (Austria) in September 2018. Her song "On Top of the World" was the official theme song.
I am looking forward to some more fun this month at the Tour Down Under (TDU). I just realised that I still haven't posted photos from the 2018 TDU, and there are some great close-ups of the riders too! I shall work on getting that done quickly for you.
Related Posts on Lupey Loops
"Tour Down Under 2018 Photos (Part 1)", 9 January 2019: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com/2019/01/tour-down-under-2018-photos-part-1.html
"Tour Down Under 2017 People's Choice Classic", 17 January 2017:
"Ready, Get Set for Victor Harbor & Tour Down Under 2017", 20 January 2017:
"Tour Down Under 2017 at Marvellous McLaren Vale", 3 February 2017: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com/2017/02/tour-down-under-2017-at-marvellous.html
Links to Further Information
ABC News, Cycling: https://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/cycling/
ABC News, ""Paul Sherwen, SBS Tour de France broadcaster and former cyclist, dies aged 62", 3 December 2018: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-03/paul-sherwen-tour-de-france-broadcaster-dies/10576320?section=sport
Bike SA: https://www.bikesa.asn.au/Home
Cycling Central, "TDU news: Sagan arrives, Porte ready, Cipollini out" [online article], Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), Australia, 6 January 2018: https://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/article/2019/01/05/tdu-news-sagan-arrives-porte-ready-cipollini-out
Peter Sagan, website: https://www.petersagan.com/
Richie Porte website: http://www.richieporte.com/
- Website: http://www.sandrapires.at
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandrapiressinger/
- IMDb (in English): https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1048282/bio
- Wikipedia (in German): https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Pires_(S%C3%A4ngerin)
- "On Top of the World" [music video], Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elHAXz_ZRVg
SBS Cycling Central: https://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/
Tour Down Under: http://tourdownunder.com.au/
- Website: https://www.trinitysessions.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrinitySessionsVenue/
- Video "Sandra Pires with Vonda Last", 5 January 2019: https://www.facebook.com/TrinitySessionsVenue/videos/658233747925986/
UCI Road Championships Innsbruck–Tirol:
Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI): http://www.uci.ch/
- Bandcamp: https://vondalast.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR1RQ1t3PWl810ep8QMRt-iq4cfEWpv3ZglzpQCg76xOlggUItnNVCCgPcQ
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VondaLastMusic/