The Santos Tour Down Under was held last week and I was lucky enough to join the Belkin Europe Social Media team in Adelaide to capture some of the action. I arrived on the 22nd of January for Stage 2. This race finished in the beautiful town of Stirling, part of the Adelaide Hills area.
As a photographer, this was an easy location as the colours were so vibrant and the scenery was stunning
The Belkin Team were there to capture the action
This is Trista getting ready to introduce the piece on camera
People started arriving early to get a nice spot close to the action
But the streets quickly filled
….and kept filling!
Closet cyclists came out of the woodwork
Friends rode together
The old were there too
So was this guy… although he may have lost a passenger.
It wasn’t too long before the riders came into view. This was the lead pack
Followed by the large group called the Peloton
Belkin’s colours were easy to see
For those who couldn’t get close enough to the track, screens were conveniently available
Robert Gesink from the Netherlands came in 5th for Belkin
The Belkin support team were there to make sure the riders were taken care of after the race
Still able to have a laugh after 150kms of riding
Adelaide boy Jack Bobridge was a local favourite
One of Belkin’s Twitter followers, Liam was lucky enough to win a ride in the tour car (pictured middle) on stage 4
Liam with the Belkin Bianchi bikes
Receiving his Belkin support gear
Meanwhile, the riders prepared for the race
Subtle branding and Belkin colours could be seen on the bikes
Fans even displayed the Belkin colours on themselves!
This lucky young lady asked for a rider’s feed bag and had it signed by the team
Before long, they were off
Trista working her magic with the crowd
Winding down after the race
Next stage Robert Gesink has a chat with Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France
Its like looking through time
Stef Clement warming up for his 150km+ afternoon ride
Graham making sure his fans are well taken care of
We had Andrew Feneley with us today – our VIP from Harvey Norman
Stef with Belkin’s soigneur, Ton having a laugh
Not everybody was ready for action. The local wildlife snoozed as the cameras clicked
The Belkin Australia team were kitted out in green, supporting our riders at Willunga Hill
Trista and I gave away some t-shirts and Belkin goodies to the appreciative fans
He told me i’d get good luck if I rubbed his belly. Maybe I should have, we came in 4th! so close to the podium
Belkin’s Bike balloon – Totally Connected
Thank You Belkin for the opportunity to capture the event and share in the excitement of the Adelaide Tour Down under, I had a fantastic time.