Last time I left off I was leaving Mallorca to head down to Australia for the Tour Down Under. On my way down to Adelaide I had a long layover in Hong Kong. I would like to say that I have now officially been to Asia but I am not sure the Hong Kong airport is a true representation of the Asian culture. My Asian experience amounted to having an interesting beer, check out the top, reminds me of an old can of juice. I guess I will just have to go back.
By the time I hit the ground in Adelaide the anticipation was high. The Tour Down Under marked the beginning and the ending of an era for Trek. LEOPARD-TREK debuted on top of the Trek Madone and Lance Armstrong said goodbye to international competition on top of the very same bike. Needless to day, it was a Big Week! Australia brought a lot of excitement. It is amazing how well supported and loved the race is. Check out the Santos building, definitely a proud sponsor! It was awesome to finally get out and start racing. All the build up and preparation was well worth it, the week did not disappoint. The LEOPARD-TREK team debut was a big success, both Team RadioShack and LEOPARD-TREK kicked off the season on the right foot and Lance's fair well race saw more spectators than the TDU has ever seen before.
Things remain as busy as ever. After Australia I had a quick two days at home and now I am in Mallorca for Team RadioShack camp. Tomorrow I head to northern France for some cobbles testing and then back to Mallorca for the end of camp and the begining of the Mallorca Challenge. If January is any indication of how the year is going to go then it is going to be a great year. Tons of amazing things going on with Trek, Team RadioShack, LEOPARD-TREK and Trek LiveStrong. Stay tuned, getting better all the time.
Check out some of the photos from the week in Australia.