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T.D.U 2011 Stage One...photos from your man on the ground.


I'm a bit tardy getting my report on paper today...other things on my mind.

Cycling is a dangerous sport and all those who race are well aware of the dangers, it is also a sport of beautiful people that prefer being outdoors, that prefer a slightly slower pace to enjoy the view. Last night one of those beautiful people crashed during the Rendition Homes Women's series, Amber Halliday.

I feel bad...I'm a Paramedic and I was on the spot where she fell just minutes prior to the fall but I was more interested in taking photos than saving lives at the time. Amber was unconscious when she hit the ground, an awkward fall they reckon...she's in intensive care in a coma at the moment, I know all at PdC that shared her unique commentary on ABC radio for the TDU will be praying hard for her.

I took the PdC pursuit vehicle for a spin yesterday...the weather was gorgeous and the environment delicious but I just didn't feel like getting on my bike.....here are a few pictures from my day.

Everything was going perfect..I managed to get a few great spots and had the perfect sit at the 1km to go sign to photograph this year's new lead out trains.....then when they were about 50 metres from me, click and my new camera starts thinking about it instead of just motor driving away like it had been doing...must remember that the 'Anti-blur' setting is no good for blurrrs!!

This is my favourite picture from today...the rest are on my Facebook thing.

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http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=605724004&aid=271277

Today the race ventures to 'Rain Shadow' country, the back side of the Adelaide Hills where the shades of brown rather than green are more evident. I'm gonna take the PdC Volvo out for a trip and find me a wee spot to watch the race go by while I practice my Italian.  Look for me somewhere after the feed station....I gotta get home to prepare for my race tonight. There's a local crit at Unley where the street party is being held. I hope to do better than on Monday in a similar field but tonight's course is over cobbles and speed humps...yay!!

It's a log downhill to the finish in Mannum today...Charge of the Light Brigade time. 

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