More WIrraCycleTour pics and McLaren Vale/Tour Down Under tidbits
I’m back in Sydney now after the final few days of the Wirra Cycle Tour and must say that it seemed like a shame to be heading back from South Australia so quickly.
At this time of year the warm dry days (35C when I left on Sunday) and warm-but-not-hot (16C on Saturday evening) nights make McLaren Vale a very liveable part of the world. Throw in some truly stunning beaches, great hills to cycle up plus the odd smart wine and it’s genuinely hard to leave.
Anyway, these are a few more photos from Adelaide/McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills last week, including several pics from the Tour Down Under cycle race (another attraction in Radelaide in January).
Pictured above is a snap from the Unley Gourmet Gala, an annual street fair that sees brewers, winemakers, eateries and more take over the main street of Unley in Southern Adelaide. It actually rained a few drops during the evening which is absolutely unheard-of in January!
Renowned McLaren Vale viticulturist and producer James Hook managed to get in on the Tour Down Under action, bringing together Rusty Mutt wines and his own label Lazy Ballerina (along with local cider and such) in a pop-up wine bar on a part of the Tour Down Under circuit. With the Old Willunga Hill stage finishing line less than 100m away, this was a very smart tactical move to introduce people to the brand (and sell some wine).