Cycling in Australia
"Australian's Ride for sport and pleasure!"
Most Aussies own a bike and use it for fun, transport or sport
Cycling has always been popular in the land downunder with Australian cyclists always performing well at the Olympic Games over the past century. And ever since Phil Anderson first donned the Yellow Jersey in le Tour de France we have fallen in love with the great event with many Australians travelling to France every year to follow the event live.
However the sport has been taken to a new level of excitement following decades of good performances by Australians like Robbie Magee, Stuart O'Grady and many others at le Tour de France with Cadel Evans winning the event in 2011.
The following year an Australia Team, Orica-Greenedge, [now Orica-Bike Exchange] hit the European Cycling circuit "with a vengence" winning a number of stages each year since. The female team, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport, [Orica-AIS] has also performed well in international and local competition.
Now the Santos Tour Down Under is the lead-in event to the new year for the World Professional Tour for both men and women attracting the big names and European professinal teams and generating huge interest in the sport.
There are now a number of local "tour" events around Australia, with some accompanied by great "challenge" events, with the original Herald Sun Tour around Victoria running since 1952, the first in Australia.
And if the "race challenge" scenario is still a little daunting there are hundreds of "fun ride" events around the country as well as great cycle/hiking tracks encouraging cyclists out into the open.