The Down Under’s first stage will kick off on Tuesday, January 22nd, and the Tour Down Under Classic on Sunday, January 20th. A full field will be competing, including local favorites CSC’s Stuart O’Grady and Robby McEwen of the Lotto team. CheChu (Jose Luis Rubiera) will make his Team Astana debut. This also will be my first chance to see Team High Road.

After a full winter of almost nothing but stories about doping and with Bama Basketball looking like it’s heading toward the tank, I can hardly wait to watch some live road racing again. So break out your bike if the weather is right in your area, peddal those cobwebs off the rusty muscles and joints, grab a mug of hot cider or a cup of coffee, and let’s get ready to enjoy The Tour Down Under together.

I can hardly wait!