It's one of the most anticipated Sunday nights in January. The weather is warm, the sun sets late into the evening and the atmosphere is electric. The People's Choice Classic is the curtain raiser to the Tour Down Under, but it's no casual ride, with many of the cyclists stretching their legs competitively for the first time in the new year and everyone wanting to prove they're in good form.
The 51km circuit around Rymill Park in Adelaide's East End becomes a wall of noise as thousands of people line the streets. The riders travel at speeds you'd be more comfortable doing in a car with four wheels and an airbag - 76.1km p/h was the fastest for 2016. It was always going to be a sprint finish, because that's what the riders and fans want.
Australian young gun, and brand new National Criterium Champion, Caleb Ewan took line honours in an emphatic sprint finish. He was hardly visible during the entire race, only to pop up in the final 200m in a lung busting effort that left his competitors gazing at the back of his heels. With this win, he's proved he means business, and it's going to take a big effort to beat him. He'll already be turning his attention to Stage 1 on Tuesday, from Prospect - Lyndoch, with a flat route sure to see a fast, sprint finish yet again.
But the day wasn't all about cycling, it was about something even more revealing than lycra - undies & bowel cancer. The People's Choice Undies Run brings thousands of people to run or walk a 1.7km route in - yep, you guessed it - just their undies. It's a great cause and you should get involved next year!