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I hope you pulled a sickie today because you might not ever get to see this again. Federation Square is going to be nuts today with thousands of giddy Cadel fans in yellow looking over each other to see this overnight success story.
I saw Cadel pre-riding the circuit late last night and I’m not confident that he’ll be able to make up the 57 seconds he needs on the 20 junior Victorian cyclists in the competition. The course is 700m in length (from the National Gallery of Victoria to Fed Square), so that means he needs to gain approximately one second per meter. It’s gonna be close…
If you’re going to be there, here is the minute by minute schedule of today’s carefully choreographed events:
10:55: Crowd warm-up commences (Federation Square)
11:00: SBS Highlights footage of TdF (Federation Square)
11:52: MC welcomes public and dignitaries and Lord Mayor speaks (Fed Square)
11:55: Lead cars, Cadel Evans and junior riders on standby (St Kilda Road)
12:00: Cadel Evans speaks with Dave McKenzie
12:02: Ride commences
12:04: French Television media car narrowly dodges tree and knocks rider into barriers on St Kilda Rd. Okay, bad joke…
12:05: Premier Ted Baillieu makes his way to greet Cadel (“pssst, Ted..’Cadel Evans’…the first Aussie winner of the Tour de France”).
12:12: Cadel met by Premier under the Gantry
12:15: Cadel introduced to audience by MC
12:18: Deborah Cheetham sings National Anthem
12:20: Premier’s speech
12:26: Video message from Prime Minister
12:27: Gerard Whateley to interview Cadel.
12:43: End of formal proceedings
12:45: Cadel escorted to away from stage
Alternatively, if you can’t make it down today SBS will be broadcasting the event live at 12pm (AEST) which will be streaming here. I do encourage you to come down, fight the traffic (maybe even hire a Melbourne Bike Share), and greet Cadel and Chiara with the respect and enthusiasm from his longtime fans who have supported him over the years.
Last but not least, there is just over a week left in the Cadel BMC SLR01 Raffle and only a small amount of tickets remaining (out of 1500). Click here for more details and here to purchase. You can go and physically see the bike at Total Rush. All funds go to the Cerebral Palsy Education Center (CPEC). Already the raffel has raised over $65k!
Have a wonderful weekend and ride safe. See you at Fed Square!