I am inspired to share some random photos I have taken over the years. And so begins the Photo for the Day Series, which will run for 76 days, ending appropriately on April 6, 2014, 4-years after this blog first began (first inspired by the Paris-Roubaix classic bike race in France). My photo series will feature one main photo and sometimes a couple extra bonus shots when appropriate.
Photo for the Day #1
In honor of the Tour Down Under which begins tomorrow in Adelaide, Australia, which to me marks the start of the 2014 road bike racing season, here is a photo of the great sprinter Aussie Robbie McEwan (born in Brisbane), on his final day(s) of retirement.
Robbie McEwen is no longer technical adviser to team Orica-GreenEDGE, instead he will be assisting Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen with race commentary for this week's 2014 Tour Down Under. You can also follow Robbie on Twitter @mcewenrobbie.
Robbie McEwen will be running a 10-day VIP trip to the Giro d'Italia this year in case you have an extra $9,890 AUD ($8,723 USD) in cash burning a hole in your pocket. He will also continue operating his clothing and chamois creme line, and doing more freelance commentary. I suppose he has to get out there before Jens Voigt retires and snatches up all the commentary jobs. Read more at VeloNation: End of McEwen’s role with Orica GreenEdge. click any image to enlarge
|Robbie McEwen's final podium at the Amgen Tour of California in 2012. Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer|
|Robbie McEwen scanned the crowd from the podium and knew it was his last. Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer|
|Robbie's farewell wave to the crowd from the sign-in stage before his last race. Photo by Willie Richenstein for Pedal Dancer|
|Robbie's last call up for his final stage departing Beverly Hills, CA in May 2012. Photo by Willie Richenstein for Pedal Dancer|
|Perhaps that moment Robbie knew his retirement two days later would be welcomed. Photo by Willie Richenstein for Pedal Dancer|
For news on the Tour Down Under: Tour Down Under Official Website or Steephill Tour Down Under page
Also read The Great Australian Road Trip, a journey 2000 miles from Brisbane to Adelaide, just to attend a bike race.
This week, everyone is talking about the newest Australian sprinting marvel - Caleb Ewan: Tour Down Under: Caleb Ewan earmarked for greatness