The pro cycling tour kicks off with a bang Down Under in January. The Australian National Championships, Tour Down Under and Jayco Herald Sun Tour all take place in January. The Tour Down Under features my favorite hill climb in all of cycling - "Corkscrew Hill" This may not be the most difficult, or decisive, climb that the pros face during the year, but it definitely has the best name!
The Australian racers are always in top form for these races since they have just finished competing for their National Championships. This year was no exception with plenty of battling for the top spot on the Tour Down Under podium. Ultimately, Simon Garrens took the overall victory after winning back to back stages (stage 3 and stage 4), including Corkscrew Hill, to establish his superiority.
This month's matchup features a Washington Syrah from Red Mountain taking on a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend from the McLaren Vale.
2012 Ward Johnson Syrah v. 2012 Flegenheimer Brothers Reserve Red