Tour Down Under 2015

From: Raymond Kerckhoffs

Country: The Netherlands (De Telegraaf)

Conclusion: Girlpower in Adelaide. This mediateam with only woman did a great job. Excellent workingconditions.

  • Information on website: Very professional site with updated information about the races.
  • Accreditation: Accreditation system works without problems.
  • Indication to Accreditation Centre: Well-indicated. Everybody knows that the Hilton in Adelaide is the headquarter of the race. Directly in the lobby it’s indicated.
  • Live-ticker of the race: Is ok!
  • Working conditions at start: Perfect. No buses so it’s very easy to talk with all the riders you want. Only at the two criteriums in Adelaide, it’s a little bit more difficult because of the crowd. There the rules for the media are maybe a little bit too strict.
  • Working conditions at finish: No problems. Maybe the media zone at the finish could be a little bit bigger. And it would be better if the media zone at the finish is at the same side of the road where the riders have to go.
  • Pressroom: Perfect. The pressroom in the Hilton is an example for a lot of races. It’s the only pressroom in the year where we find a lounge-corner with all newspapers of that day. Many thanks to Wolf Blass for the good wines. Also the little pressrooms at the finish are perfect. Maybe there could be some more space. Every year you see more journalists who work directly after the finish in this pressroom. But it’s great that the organization has made this step to create also pressrooms direct at the finish.
  • Distance Pressroom – Finish. Fantastic. Compliments.
  • Distance Finish – buses of the teams. There are no buses, so it’s very easy to find the riders next to the team leaderscars directly near the finish.
  • Internet: It worked well. Very fast! Also to send video-movies.
  • Information about race in pressroom: You could follow the live ticker on the site. And you could follow the race on television on a big screen. And the Tour-radio was also in the pressroom.
  • Results: Ok
  • Food or drinks at or near Pressroom: Perfect. Enough drinks and good coffee. And in the hotel or near the hotel a lot of food courts.
  • Press conference: No press conference at the pressroom. It would be good if the finale pressconference with the winner of the race will be organized in the pressroom.
  • Amount of professional and non-professional journalist: No problem.