Lance in Oz

Normally I would make my Australian Open picks, but as I am departing for the Antipodes this evening and the draw is not yet made, I am going to hold off. With luck, I'll have them done before play begins on Monday, but it's possible they won't be posted until a few matches are under way, or worse, they might fall through the cracks.

Meantime, I am headed to Adelaide to catch the circus surrounding the Texas Tornado's return to cycling at the Tour Down Under. I've seen some stages of the Tour de France and ridden some of the notable mountain passes (Alpe d' Huez, Col du Galibier, Venteux) but I'm a newbie to covering the sport. While it will just be a taste (I'll only be there until the start), I'm looking forward to seeing Lance Armstrong up close and getting a feel for the media mechanics of cycling.

Catch you later Down Under!


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