1 Jan 2017 - 10:20 AM  UPDATED 1 Jan 2017 - 10:50 AM

Ease your way into 2017 with the first Bike Shorts we've had all year. 

Let's kick things off with the men's road race world champion. He touched down in Adelaide for a quick stop and Tour Down Under duties, then flew off to Sydney for training and a visit to former Tinkoff team-mate, the now retired Michael Rogers.  

But it was this sighting that got us all a bit excited. This one in the wild was not a set up. No, we're not lying - our producer Catherine Whelan was taking her new puppy whippet Paris out for a walk at just the right time.  

And yes, the rest of us here are totes jealous.

Sunday 1 Jan 2017

Singletrack Magazine posted this mid 2016 vid on their Facebook page because it's a good reminder as any to learn a new skill. The drop, by Phil Kmetz.


Sure, it's a promo of sorts for Team BMC's co-sponsor TAG Heuer, but it's interesting nevertheless to find out how many hours Van Avermaet spent on the bike this year. 

A new contender perhaps for Tinkoff-style, self-styling?

Men's highlights

Women's highlights

The next round is on 15 January 2017 in Italy. Check the current World Cup standings here


And another best of 2016 vid: