A civic reception, Olympic redemption and the chance to introduce his parents to their new grandchild are all on the agenda for home-coming Tasmanian Tour de France star Richie Porte.
"I'll be resuming Scottsdale loops from December 21," announced the 35-year-old from Western Australia where he is quarantining with wife Gemma, son Luca and baby daughter Eloise.
Less than three months after he was standing on the Tour de France podium in Paris, Porte was back in the French capital for the first leg of a lengthy trip to Launceston and a long-awaited family reunion.
Awaiting him will be warm receptions, not only from proud parents Ian and Penny, but also the City of Launceston.
At the council's October meeting, a motion from Hugh McKenzie was unanimously carried recommending holding a civic reception and bestowing a key to the city on Porte to recognise his "remarkable" career achievements.
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"I've always considered myself a proud Tasmanian so to get recognition from my home city is really appreciated," he said.
"The amount of people from Launnie who sent messages to myself and my parents during the Tour was really nice.
"Launnie's a great city with a lot going for it and, with people like Ricky Ponting, David Boon and Matt Goss, there's a great sporting history and it's an honour to be part of that.
"I was also given the key to the City of Onkaparinga following my [Tour Down Under] wins at Willunga and that was kind of cool so it will be nice to have my home city too."
The reigning Tour Down Under champion is also celebrating rejoining the Australian Cycling Team with his sights set on commitments in the South Australian capital in January and, hopefully, the Japanese capital in July.
Although his Tour Down Under title defence was put on hold by COVID-19, Porte will still race the Festival of Cycling scheduled to replace it from January 19-24 and is delighted to be in the national picture ahead of the Tokyo Olympics having crashed out of his first Games in Rio.
"I don't have the happiest memories of my first Olympic experience, finishing up in an ambulance and then a Rio hospital. It was not how I thought it would end," he said.
"I've been to Japan a couple of times. I love the country and think it will be one of the best organised Olympics in history so want to be there.
"And the course suits me with 5000 metres climbing so I want to do everything I can to be in Tokyo."