By Susan Westemeyer
Peter 'Paco' Wrolich is travelling around the world this year, from Australia to Austria to Mallorca to the United States – and that after training in South Africa. Writing on his website, peterwrolich.at, the Gerolsteiner rider said that following his return from his participation in the Tour Down Under, he plans on staying home for a few days in Austria before heading to the friendlier climate of Mallorca for ten days.
On Valentine's Day he and his team-mates will head to San Francisco and the Tour of California, which starts on the 17th. "I rode there last year and look forward to this tour, which, like the Tour Down Under, is super organised."
Looking at the globalisation of cycling, the 33 year-old said, "Generally I find the development of cycling good in that it becomes more globalised and is taking advantage of its popularity in such far-off lands as Australia and America. I hope that this development won't be held [back] by conservative Europeans. The mood in Australia was unbelievable. I hadn't expected that beforehand."