Tour Down Under Week

It’TDU pack1s Tour Down Under week! The annual Tour Down Under – Australia’s premier cycling event kicked off this week, with the first official stage winding its way through the through the recently blackened Adelaide Hills.

The Tour website has all of the details, including who’s competing when and where each stage is held and other entertainment at those venues.

You can also follow the tour on their official Facebook page, which is updated every 30 minutes!

TDU booksIf you’re feeling inspired to take up cycling, or maybe fix up your bike that’s been languishing in the shed, the library has a large collection of general cycling, and bicycle maintenance & repair books.

If you’re more of a spectator, we also have a range of resources on racing professionally on the world stage, as well as featuring famous and infamous cycling celebrities!

The Brian Gould challenge competition!

If you check out our History of Cycling and Racing in the Gully display you’ll see a reprint of an old Messenger article about the Brian Gould Challenge.

Brian Gould smallIn the 1970s, in an attempt to demonstrate that the newly built Tea Tree Plaza was closer than it seemed, organisers had champion cyclist, Brian Gould ride his bike from various points around Adelaide. People were asked to guess how long it would take and won shopping vouchers for the closest time.

For the record it took Gould 34 minutes to get from Port Adelaide to Tea Tree Plaza; 24 minutes from Norwood; 33 minutes from Elizabeth and 17 minutes from Enfield.

We thought it would be fun to recreate the Brian Gould challenge, but using four of our regular commuter cyclists and their rides into the Civic Centre and asking the public to guess how long their combined commutes takes them.

  • Jon rides from Aldgate –  29km
  • Helen rides from Parkside –  19km
  • Alison rides from Banksia Park  –  4.5km
  • David rides from West Croydon – 15.5 km

TDU bikes foyer smallYou can win one of four $50 Standish Cycles vouchers by guessing the time it takes for our staff combined to complete the Brian Gould Challenge and placing your entry in the box in the foyer. The entry with the closest time to the overall time will win.

Come on down to check out our display, complete with historic and modern bikes and enter the competition!