The nightly laundromat at the Tour Down Under
At the Tour Down Under, teams are without their usual creature comforts. The team bus and trucks are far away overseas, so the normal procedures get changed up a bit. Every year in Adelaide, the soigneurs haul the riders wash on a nightly basis to a laundromat, about a kilometre away.
As soon as the laundry is in, the local pub across the street picks up a bit of business from the carers, taking a few moments of much needed respite away from the race…. The conversation stayed mainly away from bike racing… its amazing, a lot of these guys have known each other for many many years, travelling in the rodeo season after season. More than often, talk of home, family, and the year ahead took precedent over the day’s results.