DAY 7 – AM. WILLUNGA STAGE
Saturday was the big dance. Both morning and night. To get the party started, over 200 riders joined us for the pilgrimage to the Queen Stage at the summit of Willunga Hill, Adelaide. All of our 15 or so ride guides and support vehicles were in attendance for what would be our biggest and best day out on the road. Temperatures may have cooled, it was now a positively balmy 37 degrees, but the anticipation was still red hot.
We had a long day ahead and the Chateau was brimming from 6:30am with Ben, our trusted barista from Maillot Jaune, getting smashed from the outset. A pre-planned early roll-out meant our fast, medium and social groups were among the first to hit an aptly named Windy Point Road. The social group may have stopped for a few more selfies along the way, but we all made it to McLaren Vale in time to watch the pro peloton roll through. Fortunately, we would only have to make one pass of Willunga Hill to secure to our vantage point for the deciding turn up this dramatic hilltop finish.