There's a myth about the hero scientist - Newton being struck by an apple, Archimedes leaping from the bath exclaiming Eureka! While there may be grains of truth in these stories, great achievements are rarely made by individuals acting alone. In reality it takes a team and active collaboration to make significant breakthroughs.
In 2011 my husband and I enjoyed our honeymoon in France. We were lucky enough to follow the last four stages of the Tour de France, through the French Alps and the legendary Alpe d'huez, onto the streets of Grenoble for the time trial, and into Paris for the grand finale on the Champs Elysee. That year Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France. We cheered and yelled, drank champagne, waved our Aussie flags and sang along to ‘Advance Australia Fair’ with Tina Arena.
My husband and I are not cyclists, but for years we have been captivated by the Tour de France and had spent endless late nights following the progress of Cadel Evans and his Tour de France dream. In sporting terms, this is a fantastic achievement and on his homecoming in Melbourne, crowds filled the streets to shower accolades on one man and his bicycle. But behind the scenes in France we had seen the sheer scale of the operations that go into making this race possible. Millions of people, billions of dollars. The Tour de France is not won by one man and his bicycle, but by a huge team, all dedicated to the same dream.