The Tour Down Under challenge started on a cool morning in the suburb of Norwood in Adelaide. The ride out to the hilly parts was not too bad, and soon I found myself passing other riders all enjoying the ride. As it was my first attempt at the event i did not push too hard. Soon the hills appeared and I found myself climbing. Further down the road the course evened out, and by the time I arrived at Murray Bridge I knew that this ride was a good workout. It was sad to see some of the devastation left by the recent bushfires in that area, and luckily the event was able to continue due to it being deemed safe to do so by the organisers. And the weather was not too hot that day, actually cooler than expected for that time of year. Although this event is not as severe as a Fitzs or Peaks challenge, it still provided plenty of opportunities for participation in an iconic well publicised event. I completed the 160Klm part of this ride in 5Hr 19min 54sec. And achieved a good average speed of 30.8 Klm/Hr according to my cycling computer. Thanks to ADFCC for providing the opportunuty to ride this event.

Cheerio.

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