Welcome back to Sunday Selections!
This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.
The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
Andrew often joins in too.
I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have some photos of the goings on in our Victoria Square recently. I took these on the day of our first cloudburst day, you'll notice the clouds in several of these photos that I took while waiting for my bus.
It was Tour Down Under (TDU) week here in Adelaide.
Bicycles and lycra clad bums everywhere.
There were more than a few tents serving refreshments of the alcoholic kind, probably soft drinks too, maybe even tea and coffee and I'm sure a couple of them supplied food too.
Pure Blonde is a popular beer variety.
giant inflatable handlebars belonging to>>
this giant inflatable bicycle.
Just one of many groups of amateur riders who cycled all over the place during TDU week. some just around the city, many others following the same routes (or parts of them) the professional cyclists took.
away from the alcohol area was a small section of tents set up for kids to be entertained with paints and crafts.
I believe Camelback is a brand name; this stall was selling backpacks, caps, drink bottles and high-viz safety equipment, as well as novelty items.
On the tram stop side of Victoria Square were the many flags of participating countries. I recognised a few. Australia at the fron there, followed by the Adelaide City Council flag, then Germany.
I DON'T have the order correct, but we have Slovenia, Austria, England, France, Italy,
America, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland,
and others. I believe the Netherlands is in there, as I'm sure I recognised a Dutch accent being spoken by a girl walking past.
If you recognise any of the flags that I haven't mentioned let me know in the comments.
there were maps showing the routes taken during the various stages of the rides, you'll notice maps two, three, and four show the hilly areas, it's quite a tough ride over many kilometres.
a wall of greenery to beautify the amenities block, a series of porta loos was behind here.
another view of the giant bike.
across the road, behind my bus stop, the flower garden was fenced off to prevent trampling of the lawn and flowers, and also to prevent theft from those lockers.
the storage lockers were temporary and guarded by security people, I believe the bicycles and other gear were stored in them overnight.
one of the TV screens showing a Peloton, which is what a group of riders is called.
same screen, different view.
same screen, aerial view, this one from a media helicopter I think.
There were media vans, police cars and police motorbikes following along every day, all the way and an ambulance too, just in case.
Then my bus came around the corner and I had to get on, the temperature was dropping and I knew it would rain. Wasn't expecting the cloudburst though. On the news later I saw images of people rushing around in Victoria Square looking for shelter.