Jodie Lindsell, Kelli-Ann Guy, Carly Falconer, Linda Gentilcore, Ben Hyde and Kira Foran at the Tour Village in Victoria Square.
Derek Seret, Craig Fraser, Mark Grainger and David Habib following the Mutual Community Challenge Tour.
The 2011 Santos Tour Down Under – the second year of Santos’ ongoing partnership with the Tour – was the most successful yet, with a record 772,000 people attending the event over the past week.
As well as the crowds that have lined stage routes in Adelaide and regional South Australia, the national and international coverage of the 2011 Tour has been significant.
The race started last Sunday, 16 January, with the Cancer Council Classic, before the six-stage Tour concluded yesterday on the streets just north of the Adelaide CBD.
Australian Cameron Meyer did just enough to win the 2011 Tour by two seconds – the equal-closest win in the Tour’s 13-year history. Santos Director Jane Hemstritch presented Cameron with the Ochre Leader’s Jersey as part of the final awards ceremony yesterday.
Cameron, a multi-gold-medal winner at the Commonwealth Games, is already a familiar face to our Perth team, having addressed staff ahead of last year's Santos Great Bike Ride.
Santos employees again volunteered in impressive numbers, with 155 putting in time at Santos’ end stage and Victoria Square booths and in Tour parade merchandise vehicles to represent and promote the company within the community.
The popularity of cycling at Santos was made evident by the 212 entrants in the Mutual Community Challenge Tour last Friday. With about 7,500 others, they pushed themselves to the limit through the Adelaide Hills along the route between Norwood and Strathalbyn.
In addition, many employees took the time and effort to raise money for Cancer Council SA through the Ride for a reason initiative.
Santos CEO David Knox thanked everyone from Santos "who joined in the spirit of the event," which was "enjoyable, exciting and lifted the profile of Santos."
Employee achievements, South Australia