• SBS cycling's Mike Tomalaris spent a bust weekend with cycling legend Jens Voigt.
Spending the weekend with German cycling legend Jens Voigt was an experience I'll cherish for a long time.

Having raced professionally for 18 years before retiring after setting a new world mark for the hour record, what you see with Jensie is what you get.

The reason for his latest visit to Australia is to share time with supporters who have loyally followed his career.

Organised through Bizrides, fans were able to wine, dine and ride with their hero - as well as grab the chance to hear about the highs and lows of the glory days that have made him world cycling's most popular and charismatic figure.

But it's not just the cycling world where Jens commands an audience. Last Friday, he was inducted as an official member of Collingwood Football Club at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Jens was deeply honoured at the chance of watching an AFL game in the flesh for the first time and was humbled at receiving a replica of the famous black-and-white Magpies jumper

Although the rules of the "Sherrin ball" are a foreign concept to Jens, he took it upon himself to sit with Collingwood board director and Australian 2002 Olympic Winter Games gold medal winner Alisa Camplin to get a better understanding of the game.

Topping off the incredible evening, Jens was invited to the dressing room after the Magpies' lopsided victory against St Kilda to join players in singing the club song - the first cyclist afforded that honour.

After a late finish the night before, a 4:45am wake-up call for the 100km car ride to Torquay was next for the indefatigable Jens. Sending off some 4000 riders for the annual Great Ocean Road and Otway Classic was quite an occasion for one-and-all.

Then it was back to suburban Melbourne to watch criterium racing organised by the Melbourne Cycling League and to present riders with medals and trophies.

Undoubtedly the highlight was the chance for fans to ride in the Yarra Valley on Sunday morning.

The cold air and occasional torrential rain didn't dampen spirits. Instead, the two dozen cyclists who rubbed shoulders with their sporting legend for the 60km bunch ride were thrilled at the rare opportunity.

Jens was the perfect host. He made sure of chatting to every rider - fast or slow - along the way. And although we all got a drenching, his distinctive German tones made the experience enjoyable.

He plans to stay in Australia until 6 May, and next on his itinerary is riding the 2015 Tour de Cure from start to finish, leaving Adelaide for Melbourne on Friday 24 April.

Australia is where Jens made his debut as a rising 23-year-old amateur when representing the Bosch team at the Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic in 1994 and his love for the country is obvious.

If you miss out on meeting him this time around, not to worry; he'll return for the Australian summer season in 2016.

My takeaway from the weekend is that life is good for the irrepressible 43-year-old father of six, who has discovered a whole new world since hanging up the Lycra seven months ago.