A red blur was spotted moving through the streets of Perth's southern suburbs yesterday, prompting more than one passing motorist to do a double take as they took in the familiar furrowed brow of the man crouched low over his bike.
Those who slowed long enough to get a good look at the cyclist's face would have seen the focused gaze of last year's Tour de France winner.
News that Cadel Evans was coming to Perth broke last month but details of his arrival and movements were a well-kept secret.
Evans hit the streets around Fremantle, Mt Pleasant, Shelley and Victoria Park yesterday at the behest of accounting giant Ernst &Young, whose corporate relationship with the pacesetter predates the Tour win that made him a household name.
At his heels was a 90-strong peloton, comprising company partners, clients and their family members.
The 80km ride began and ended at North Fremantle's Salt on the Beach restaurant, where Evans and the group stayed on for lunch.
Evans declined to speak to the media but it is understood he addressed the crowd on everything from his joy at being a new father to media coverage of the Lance Armstrong drugs scandal and his hope of winning next year's Tour.
Evans described WA drivers as being "pretty good" towards cyclists, before laughter from the crowd prompted him to amend his judgment to "relatively good".
_The West Australian _understands some on the ride were on the receiving end of abuse from motorists, although it is unclear whether Evans was targeted.