It’s been an amazing start to 2014 already, a highlight so far being travelling out to Adelaide in South Australia for the Tour Down Under. I was invited by the South Australian Tourism Commission to come down and see first hand what the tour is all about and how far it has come. I was also to be honoured as a Legend of Cycling at their annual Legends dinner during the event.
I must say I was totally blown away by the sheer size of the event and its popularity, not just to South Australians, but all over the country. More than 40,000 people came from interstate and overseas for the event. The media attention was huge and overall public interest was sky high.
Talking to the riders each day, they compared some of the stages to the best stages of the Tour De France in terms of spectator support and excitement. One particular stage at Willunga Hill was just rammed with spectators all enjoying the racing.
It seems the Aussies’ interest in cycling has really taken off since Cadel Evans won the TdF back in 2011. While I was in Adelaide I went out for a ride every day, and each day there would have been close to 1,000 riders on the road. It’s just so great to see so many people on their bikes.
Of course I was riding my HOY Sa Calobra and I was really pleased with the feedback I received constantly from people about the bike. I reckon it won’t be long before we see HOY’s being ridden in Australia by a lot of people!!