Victoria Square* – a maze of tents
Huge crowds; activity intense
“The Tour Down Under” starts the year
With water bottles, Lycra gear.
Huge banners for this sports-mad nation
The officials check the conflagration
Which has wrought havoc in the Hills
And engendered huge insurance bills.
But smoke inhalation is no threat
Though the heat and steep inclines are set
To challenge all those who take part
And make their well-taxed muscles smart!
After the heat wave of last week
The “cool change” means this annual feat
Can go ahead now just as planned
Over empty roads in this parched land.
This Tour de France pure Aussie style
Is just as gruelling mile for mile
As its Gallic counterpart
And not for cyclists faint of heart!
* Central Adelaide
(c) Poet in the woods 2014