I rode out to Macedon on Friday. Wasn't expecting much, but in the end was pretty happy to get out and watch the race go past. Got lucky when the race caught up with me, watched them go past, then took a shortcut across to the base of Mount Macedon to watch them go past again (I just missed the break-away).
Quite an impressive convoy of police, marshals, team cars and firetrucks. Still not exactly sure on why the firetrucks were required? Protect the riders if they encountered a bushfire, ensure the convoy didn't start any fires, just wanted to watch ...
Locals were all pretty good with the rolling road closures. Most had no idea what was going on (despite significant signage). They'd just get out of their cars, walk up to the blockage, ask what was going on, and cheer along with the rest of us as the race came through.
Little girl at the first stop was cute. As I rolled up "Mummy, why is he stopping", "I don't think he's racing sweetie"
. Then there were the jokes about me getting lost, was funny the first time... Everyone was in good spirits, great day out (lets not mention the temperature).