I try to travel is much that can and so far I’ve done well, I’ve been to 8 out of 10 of the major cities with just Perth and Canberra to go. I’ve been to many more towns and cities though, not just whilst on my Australian road trip either; I’ve made separate trips to quite a few other places including Alice Springs, Hervey Bay and more recently, Yamba.
By and large though, I do concede that I see most of my life in Australia through ‘Brisbane’ eyes.
So, with that in mind, I’m starting a new little mini-series on Fridays called ‘Cycling in …’ and today I’m starting in Adelaide.
Cycling in Adelaide
Adelaide is almost certainly the best place to start, not just because it begins with ‘A’ but because it is probably the cycling capital of Australia. Each year in January Adelaide hosts the Santos ‘Tour Down Under’ which this year saw cyclists travel through 52 towns in the area during the one-week event.
It’s a long race, sometimes made to feel even longer by the midsummer temperatures that can hit around 40°C.
But not everyone cycling in Adelaide is taking part in that race and for those who cycle for fun, it’s a great way to see the city and its surrounds. Thanks to the wonder of YouTube we are going to take a look around as well.
First up though, the news. Some new bike lanes have been introduced in Adelaide and not everybody is happy on account that two car lines have been removed in order to accommodate the bikes. What is very interesting in this news clip though is just how many people choose to cycle to work…
Okay, time for a couple of bike tours around Adelaide, starting with the Mike Turtur Bikeway which runs from Glenelg to the city…
Now let’s escape from the city and head for them thar hills. Adelaide Hills. This is a great video made even better by excellent music from Dick Dale…
We’ll be back on our bike next week.