4.35pm, Saturday 26th January, Seppeltsfield Road, Near Marananga, Barossa Valley, SA
Afternoon folks, I’m helping my mates at Barossa Coffee Roasters tonight – they’re at “Shakespeare in the Vines” tonight, on the lawn in front of the old Seppeltsfield Dining Hall. But before I get to that……it’s ‘Tour Down Under’ time in South Australia. The annual invasion of the Lycra clad pushbike warriors is in full swing! Today they’re down in the Southern Vales, and yesterday it was the Barossa Valley – finish line in the main street of Tanunda. Now the actual professional athlete pushbike boys ride in the Santos Tour Down Under, and that’s one part of our Barossa stage, and the other event is the ‘BUPA Challenge’ where amateur riders get the opportunity to ride a leg of an international level cycling event. The complete ‘Stage 4’ circuit is 127 km, but cyclists can choose to start at different parts of the circuit – doing 127 km, 46.5km or 20km if you start at Nuriootpa!
Why I am I explaining all this? Because our own in house amateur pushbiker – Liz Schoen who looks after selling Yalumba wine into continental Europe and Ireland – did the whole 127 km of the BUPA Challenge. Here she is, fitting in a smile and a wave as she flew past the winery front gates on Eden Valley Road, before heading down the main street of Angaston, through Nuriootpa and on to the finish line in Tanunda’s main street
And maybe….if I start training now…..I might just be able to do the 20km section from Nuriootpa to Tanunda…..in 2015!!