So, it was VERY exciting to have the World Cycling Championships hosted just an hour down the road from us (for the first time in Australia), last weekend in Geelong.
Apart from the 3 major tours (France, Italy, Spain), this is the pinacle of pro cycling (in my opinion anyway), and the best chance we've ever had to see some of the cycling world's biggest stars close up!
Nicole over at Noodles and Waffles is a cycling nut too, and I promised I'd take lots of photos..... so here are just a few (I took over 70, but will only bore you with 9 or so here!).
We were lucky enough to get a good position near the top of the major climb, so they were going slower and really putting in all sorts of huge efforts as they came past us every lap! And, it was a gorgeous, sunny, fresh Spring day.... so a glorious time was had by all of us!
And, last but not least, a slightly blurry pic of our Aussie hero Cadel Evans, who was the defending World Champion going into this ride.
The course didn't suit him (we knew that going in), but he rode himself into the ground, bridged quite a few gaps, led 3 or 4 attacks, and at the end of more than 5 hrs on the road, when he was cramping and basically stuffed, tried to do his best to help another Aussie rider Alan Davis (who ended up finishing 3rd).
Cadel officially finished 17th, but was in a bunch of riders who only ended up a few metres behind the winner! A great effort!! And, Alan scored only our 3rd medal in a World Championship... (Robbie McEwan has a silver, and of course Cadel has a gold).
There you go Nicole! I know you were watching them on TV at probably some ungodly hour of the morning, so I hope these pics give you something extra to ogle!
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