With the news that Glenelg and other western councils have missed out on a TDU event, does that mean that the TDU is reserved for the eastern suburbs and country towns. I understand that there could be some logistical problems but I would have thought a start in Glenelg (?) and going down Military Road, through Port Adelaide and then using Port River Expressway wouldn't have been too difficult to achieve... Just a thought.
We just keep hearing about the ones that didn't have a winning bid (norwood, glenelg, west torrens). Glenelg wanted a stage finish and were knocked back...sounded like that is all they bid for.
I suspect the winning bidders know but have been sworn to secrecy - tell anyone and you loose the bid.
Unley & Prospect have been very quiet - both hosted stage starts last year. Other inner metro start locations have included Mawson Lakes & Burnside.
Prospect were very keen to get another start and wanted the Friday BUPA Challenge. Given they haven't come out and said that they didn't win, maybe they were successful.
In previous years they have announced the Friday stage in early June but it looks like it will be later this year.
What better way to showcase Adelaide than riding through the Wingfield dump!
The Port Expressway is one of the most boring rides in SA - made more interesting only by the vast amount of truck and road debris ensuring the constant excitement of potential punctures.
Agreed about the Port Expressway - my point was that the western suburbs have been left out for years even though it has one of the most popular cycling routes Military Road which is wide and not that busy that it couldn't be closed.
Agree with other comments about Norton Summit etc. There are some very popular and iconic Adelaide cycling routes that never get used. I know the organisers have a difficult task but it seems that they visit the same locations year after year.
KOM on mt wingfield
Is there any reason they have never used any of our most popular climbs? Nortons, greenhill, the freeway, montacute, belair?
they are all too long for a race so early in the season. with all the european cyclist only just getting their fittness back it wouldnt be fair for a fit aussie to attack on a climb that would give a rider massive lead that could never be clawed back..
Are the stages out yet?
I don’t think it’s accurate to say that TDU is reserved for eastern suburbs only. Unley is not eastern suburbs, and neither is Glenelg, Prospect, Port Adelaide, Mawson Lakes, or Salisbury. And I don’t think it’s that hard to work out that its pure logistics that prevent western suburb councils from winning the right to stage a Start – Mike Turtur has always said that getting the race out of the city limits (which is always race neutral) is a bit of a logistical nightmare, so getting the race and its convoy from Henley Beach would be almost out of the question. Unpredictable race finish times, and speed means that a TDU stage will never finish in an inner-urban area.