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Tales from the peloton, January 26, 2008

A sea of ochre floods the Mutual Community Challenge Tour

A record number of amateur cyclists tested their stamina and fitness this week on the same route as the professionals rode in Stage 4 Four of the Tour Down Under as 3,403 cyclists registered for the 2008 Mutual Community Challenge Tour; hundreds more than the previous record of 2,525.

"I am delighted that we have marked our first ever UCI ProTour race, and the Tour's 10th birthday, with record participation from recreational cyclists," Premier Rann says. "It helps to cement our State's reputation as the cycling capital of Australia."

Premier Rann predicted "a sea of lycra as cyclists head off from Mannum and Woodside on one of two rides – 134km or 73.5km." And he was right, as you can see from the gallery of images collected by Cyclingnews' Rachel Burke.

Among the throngs of riders who all ended their long day in Strathalbyn were a couple of local MPs taking part – Leon Bignell, the Member for Mawson, and Rory McEwen, the Member for Mount Gambier.

Tour Down Under: Mutual Community Challenge Tour, January 26, 2008

Riders round the first bend
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Spectators cheer on the field
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One of the Tour Down Under artworks
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A corrugated iron cyclist decorates
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The police join
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A team from New South Wales,
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Showing true team spirit
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A couple of riders keen
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Riders looked relaxed
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Smiles all round.
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With such an early start
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Taking it all in
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Local Adelaide resident,
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Say Cheese - riders pose
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A perfect location to start
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Definitely worth
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A tightly packed field
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The lead riders make their way
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The race gets the thumbs up
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Good hydration the secret
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With over 3,000 riders,
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Strike a pose
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Sun smart
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A lot of determination
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Spectators watched on
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Not missing any of the action,
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Riders dig deep
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The constant field of orange
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The huge field
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Riders were still
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Is that really water,
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Riders make their way
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There were a lot of cheer squads
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Riders took advantage
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One of the spectacular historic buildings
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With such a long journey,
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Riders recover
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Look Mum - no hands!!
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A rider recovers
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Go Torpedo!!!!
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After over 100kms,
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Tandem riders
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Climbing the last hill
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Pats on the back all round
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Everyone had a unique way
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Powering to the finish line.
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Riding out of the saddle
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Impressive!
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A very proud dad
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There were bikes
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Just finishing
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The agony and relief
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A true credit
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All in a day's work
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Many riders celebrated
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Although not the event jersey,
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Look Mum - no feet!!
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Celebrating the finish.
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Determination..
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A kodak moment..
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Almost a flying finish.
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What a support crew.
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A Tungkillo resident
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Riders cool down
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Well wishes
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Cheering on the riders.
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