Riders get familiar with the locals before the start of the Tour Down Under on Tuesday. Photos by Graham Watson

The teams taking part in the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under were officially presented at the weekend, prior to the People’s Choice Classic road race in Adelaide, Australia.

As is traditional, the associated pre-race media event involved getting up close and personal with some of Australia’s notable wildlife, including cuddly koalas and kangaroos, and not so cuddly snakes and professional cyclists.

The Tour Down Under itself kicks off on Tuesday, January 20 for six days of racing in and around Adelaide setting the 2015 WorldTour season in motion.