A line up of fans were caught up in the heat of the moment when professional world cyclists sprinted their way to the Angaston finish line during the 2019 Tour Down Under on Wednesday.
The stage 2 men’s peleton, which began earlier in the day, managed to steam their way up to the Barossa, making the arduous climb of Seven Steps Road, Flaxman Valley look easy in the scorching heat.
Despite a crash within the final kilometre of the race, it was New Zealander’s Patrick Bevin, from CCC Team, who went on to gain his first professional win and accept the Santos Ochre leader’s jersey.
Barossa Council Mayor and keen cyclist Bim Lange paid tribute to the visitors who stepped out into the 40 degree heat to cheer on the riders throughout the Barossa.
He also congratulated the Angaston Community and Business Alliance who kicked off the tour scene with activities, stalls and entertainment.
Yet Mr Lange believes there is scope to improve on the Tour Down Under’s visit and on Wednesday was involved in preliminary chats with event organisers.
He also caught up with retired professional cyclist Stuart O’Grady who was in town.
“I believe there is opportunity to have more discussions with the event organisers to see how we can better maximise local spectator interest,” Mr Lange said.
He refers to the course taking in more sections of the Barossa with the addition of more loops.
“I feel that this will allow visitors and locals to feel more connected and spend the day in the area.”
Mr Lange’s aim is to also see more sections of the Barossa be broadcast to the world.
Meanwhile, congratulations goes to Angaston for winning Best Dressed Town for stage 2 with judges highlighting the town making a conscious effort to decorate without plastic – using rope, cardboard, refurbished decorations and materials from previous events.
Judges spoke about the community spirit with and a number of stalls and activities appearing along the main street.
In addition, The Real Pantry received the Best Dressed Commercial property award.