Being one of the best riders in the professional peloton, it’s normal for Richie Porte to have fans and media outlets sing his praises but one farm in his home country have taken their adoration to new levels.
Rupertswood Farm in Porte’s native region of Tasmania has honoured the BMC rider by creating a maze of maize spelling out his name along with images of three riders racing.
The scene was inspired by Porte’s performance during last year’s Tour de France before he crashed on the Mont du Chat on stage nine.
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“This year, our Crop Maze features Tasmanian cycling legend, Richie Porte!” the Farm posted on their Facebook page.
“The ultimate sports person and a fantastic role model to all. Rowan has cut this image of Richie leading the peloton up a mountain stage in the Tour de France (which we just LOVE watching).”
Porte, who suffered a broken collarbone and pelvis, returned to racing for the first time in January as he took on his title defence at the Santos Tour Down Under. Coming up short though, Porte lost out to South African rider Daryl Impey who held on to secure the win on the last day.
“We are thinking of Richie in 2018 and wish him all the best!” they concluded.
Talking to The Examiner Rowan Clark said that maze was no easy feat. “I was pretty exhausted. I had just had a week of harvesting, so after a few hours break, I decided to have a crack at Ritchie. I could not wait any longer,” he said.
“I have been thinking of a Richie maze for some years now. We are huge fans and love watching him race, particularly in July, when the Tour de France is on,” Mr Clark said.
Porte will be hoping he can pay back the agricultural adoration this summer when he takes aim once more for the Tour de France.