Felicity and I had a great morning out this morning, chasing the first stage of Women's Tour, which is part of the official Santos Tour Down Under race program. Its great to see women coming to the fore in cycling here in Adelaide. We took the BMW Z3 and the Audi TT up to Woodside for the start of the first of 4 races in the Women's Tour. The weather was perfect, both for open top motoring, and for cycling, low 20's, clear skies and a gentle breeze.
The start of the stage, as the women set off for Murray Bridge, was fast and powerful with a tight bunch flying down Woodside's main street, with numerous police in cars and on motorcycles running rolling road closures around the race. Here's a quick video of the women flying past us in Woodsides main street.
We then took some back roads to catch the race a bit further along, arriving just in time to see a still tightly bunched race along Nairne Road. Then back in the cars to try to catch the King (Queen?) of the Mountain, a hill sprint, just outside of Nairne. Alas, we were too late, the women had obviously kept up a blistering pace and the officials were just packing up the finish tape as we arrived!
On Sunday evening the women have a Criterium down at Rymill Park, and we will be there to cheer them on.
Please, when you are out driving in the Hills, look out for cyclists, be patient and give them space. Share the Road!