Teams are gathering in Adelaide for the start of the 2017 season this weekend, when the People's Choice Classic on January 15 will provide a warm-up for the WorldTour opener at the Santos Tour Down Under January 17-22.
Following Sunday's criterium in Adelaide, 18 WorldTour teams plus the Unisa-Australia national team will line up on Tuesday for the Tour Down Under's first stage, a 145km road race from Unley to Lyndoch. From there, the race will visit Stirling, Paracombe, Glenelg, Victor Harbor, Norwood, Campbelltown, McLaren Vale, Willunga Hill and Adelaide before the 2017 winner is decided.
Some riders, like World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), have been in Australia since last month, while other teams and individuals have been arriving sporadically over the past few weeks. The first order of business is to shake any jet lag that may have accumulated on the trip to Australia, then it's time to dial in the machines, meet with media and stretch out the legs.
Check out the gallery for a look at what some of the teams and riders have been up to in the Australian summer heat.