One of Australia’s most decorated cyclists Anna Meares will be a welcome familiar face at the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under not only in her role as event ambassador but with multiple key appearances across the event.
Meares, who retired from professional cycling in October last year, will be honoured at the Legends’ Night Dinner on Saturday 21 January, celebrating her illustrious career representing Australia at the highest level for 15 years.
For the first time Meares will also ride in the TDU’s official recreational ride, the Bupa Challenge Tour, taking on 58km from Mount Pleasant to Campbelltown among thousands of cycling enthusiasts.
“As an Australian who loves cycling, I am always excited when the Santos Tour Down Under kicks off and I can’t wait to have an even more active role in 2017,” Meares said.
“Having lived in Adelaide for 15 years, I know how incredible the atmosphere is on the streets during the TDU and it’s an honour to be part of that.
“I’m thrilled to be considered a worthy ‘legend’ for the Legends’ Night Dinner alongside reigning World Champion Peter Sagan, but I’m a bit nervous about the Bupa Challenge Tour and I will be ramping up my training for those climbs.”
Santos Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur said Meares was an outstanding athlete and fan favourite who would add to the experience for race-goers.
“Anna is not only one of the most determined and powerful track cyclists in the world, but she is an absolute professional and is so gracious in her success,” Turtur said.
“She is extremely personable and loves to be among supporters and fans, which is why it will be great to have her at the Legends’ Night Dinner and riding the Bupa Challenge Tour in 2017.”
The Queensland native was the first Australian to win a medal at four consecutive Olympic Games, closing her campaign in Rio 2016 winning bronze in the Keirin. In her career Meares won two Olympic gold medals (2004, 2012), one silver (2008) and three bronze (2004, 2012, 2016) and was crowned World Champion 11 times from 2004-2015.
Meares is also an ambassador for the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) and will be signing autographs at the MAC activation the Adelaide City Council Tour Village during the event. Check the Santos Tour Down Under website for details.
Register for the Bupa Challenge Tour presented by The Advertiser online or purchase tickets to the Legends’ Night Dinner at www.tourdownunder.com.au
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