Below are the most common questions we receive about our Tours. Please note the Guest Rider FAQs are further down the page.


Full Tour Riders:

Stage Riders

 


How can I get involved with a Tour?

 

A dedicated team of people in various roles (riders, guest riders, support and service) make each Tour a success. To come on Tour all team members must commit to achieving their respective fundraising targets (dependant upon role type). This fundraising target includes a personal donation made by each team member (which contributes to the costs of accommodation, food, team kit, mechanical and medical support on Tour) as well as a fundraising component.

Upon completing a Tour application, if you are successful, you will need to:

Get Involved

  • Reach your fundraising target and milestones;
  • Train and physically prepare to be ready for the Tour - even support crew need to have stamina for the demands of Tour;
  • All team members need to make their own travel and bike arrangements to and from the start of Tour.

What are the roles on Tour?

ROLE

Directors

RESPONSIBILITY

There are two directors per tour:

  • Riding Manager - all that occurs on the bike - overseeing the riders & guest riders
  • Tour Manager – off bike Tour logistics & support crew leader

*Riders

Those riding for the full duration of the tour

*Service Riders 

Riders participating in the full tour with mechanical or medical responsibilities to the team

 

Stage Riders

 

Participate in offered guest ride stage for the respective tour

Support Crew

 

 

 

Participate for full duration of the tour and include drivers, navigators, caterers, baristas, logistics support, photographers, paramedics, digital support etc.

Team Captains

A Team Captain is assigned per team* prior to leaving for Tour, to help guide, motivate and support team members both before and on Tour. They are selected based on their capacity to motivate and lead their teams, usually having had prior experience on a Tour. 

 

Prior to Tour they will support the Team and Fundraising Coach, sharing knowledge and advice, and lead their team before tour to ensure they are fully prepared in every way. On Tour, they are responsible for ensuring their team is kept updated on a daily basis on key information relevant to each day of the tour, and lead their team in team-based activities / chores.

 

* While we go on tour as one team, riders and support crew are split into smaller teams prior to Tour. The purpose of splitting you into teams is to represent our corporate partners and to allow us to engage in some team-based activities on Tour, eg. team time trials, chores etc. 

Within your team, you can also motivate, support and share ideas for fundraising and work towards maximising your fundraising potential, both individually and as a combined team. 

Forming a strong team prior to Tour (regardless of whether you physically meet) will go a long way to helping you work cohesively when you all get together on Tour.

 

 Rider and Road Etquette 


What are the fundraising targets for each role on Tour?

The fundraising requirements of your Tour de Cure commitment are:

Signature Tour Team 

Rider - personal donation of $1,000 plus fundraise $11,000  = $12,000

Support - personal donation of $250 plus fundraise $2,250 = $2,500

Service - fundraise $2,500 (no personal donation required)

Stage Rider - personal donation of $500 plus fundraise $3,000 = $3,500 

 

Country Tour Team

Rider - personal donation of $500 plus fundraise $4,500  = $5,000

Support - personal donation of $150 plus fundraise $850  = $1,000

Service - Fundraise $1,000 (no personal donation required)

Stage Rider - personal donation of $250 plus fundraise $1,250  = $1,500

Country Tour Route

 


How can I fundraise?

All team members on Tour have access to a personal Profile Page on the Tour de Cure website to support their fundraising efforts, as well as a dedicated Fundraising and Team Coach to assist with fundraising and Tour enquiries. Team members can also access a Team Website which offers a number of resources and tools to support fundraising and manage donations. For further information on how to get started with your fundraising, tips and tools, have a look at our fundraising page.

 

For those who wish to raise money for Tour de Cure but do not wish to sign up for a Tour, we can set up an Event page to capture information on your fundraising initiative and manage donations for this 'event.'


Where does the money go?

Tour de Cure has raised over $25 million and has funded 252 cancer Research, Support and Prevention projects since it began in 2007.

Each year, all our Team's fundraising efforts enable selected cancer research, support and prevention (RSP) projects to be funded. On top of this, at each evening's community dinner on our Tours, we present a local cancer research, support or prevention project with a $10,000 donation. This funding goes to a project that directly helps that community and region.

Read the cancer projects we have funded so far and about our Annual Tender process, and don’t forget to take a look at our latest ‘Where the money goes’ video.

See funded cancer projects


How much training should I do to be prepared for Tour?

All riders must be prepared to train and be physically prepared for Tour, relative to the route (distance and elevation). This means committing to riding on Tour de Cure’s scheduled training rides for the respective Tour and, when able, ride with their local Group Ride. See details of our Group Rides here.

All tour riders receive a Tour Training Guide (16 week guide for Signature Tour and 8 week guide for Country Tours) which details riding levels, bike and fitness requirements. As a guide, visit the Tour Training page. We also require everyone on any Tour de Cure event to ride to our etiquette. Find out more about our rider and road etiquette.


What tours can I apply for?

Please visit our Ride with us! page for a list of upcoming tours.


How do I apply?

Opportunities exist for passionate cyclists, support and service team members to participate in our upcoming Tours. All Team members are required to fundraise and be fit for these challenging events.

Complete your tour application form today to be part of our tour team.

We encourage you to be part of one or more tours if you are able to commit to the dates, fundraising and training commitments.


Can I apply for more than one tour?

You are welcome to apply for more than one tour. Many of our team members have done multiple Tours within a single year.


What sort of communication will I receive from Tour de Cure once I sign up for Tour?

Once the team is announced, you will receive ongoing communication and support from Tour de Cure’s Fundraising and Team Coach, who will be your main point of contact from the time at which you apply for a Tour up until leaving for Tour. You will receive regular Team Updates via email, sharing info and tips on how to access and use available resources, fundraising updates, as well as info on Tour logistics to help you prepare for Tour. 

You will also have access to a dedicated Profile Page for fundraising, and a range of tools and fundraising resources available on our Team only Website. This also gives you secure access to allow you to track and manage your donations, view a fundraising leaderboard, plus other online tools to help you with your fundraising and stay across Tour logistics. 

We are always happy to answer any questions you have and will endeavour to keep you informed as key milestones approach.

On Tour you will receive daily briefings from the Tour directors as well as from your team captain, plus a nightly SMS highlighting key info for the next day on Tour. 


Who are Tour de Cure’s Corporate Partners and what do they do?

Tour de Cure has a fantastic group of corporate partners who are passionate and committed to helping us achieve our mission. Our corporate partners are actively involved, engaging their staff to participate in our events and programs to help us in our fight to cure cancer.

Go to our Partners page to see the amazing group of 2016 corporate partners who support us.

We endeavour to create great leverage opportunities for our corporate partners via all our Tour de Cure tours and events.

On tour we enjoy engaging our corporate partners via tailored initiatives that happen on tour. Please embrace being a part of these as their support, coupled with our team’s fundraising, is how we are able to fund the RSP projects we have to date.  


What can I expect on a typical day on Tour?

Each day usually starts fairly early with a nutritious and tasty breakfast by our 'On Tour' catering team, who continue to keep us well fed throughout the day with healthy choices at regular break times between riding. Following breakfast and a team briefing session highlighting key activities and critical info for the day, we're on the road, riding through the picturesque and sometimes challenging terrain that makes up each day's stage of Tour.

A big part of Tour is sharing our cancer awareness message with the communities we pass through along the way. We take the opportunity to do this by visiting 2-3 primary schools per day (often the first at the start of the day following breakfast) to share our 'Be Fit - Be Healthy - Be Happy' message to the kids and school community. 

At breaks, it's also great to chat to the locals and share what we're doing and why we're riding. Where possible, we also engage with the staff and customers of the regional branches of our corporate partners in the towns we visit.

At the end of the day's riding, after a cool down, completion of team chores (ie. car washing, laundry), enjoying some down time and sharing your day with your supporters (via email, social media or otherwise) the entire team attends a Community Dinner in the town we have stopped in for the night. Here we enjoy the local hospitality and have the privilege of donating a $10,000 cheque to a local cancer project and hear from the recipients on how these funds will make a difference in their community.

These dinners usually wrap up by about 8.30pm so there is time for further R & R. 


What happens on a school visit? 

For many, the school visits are among the most memorable moments of tour. Throughout each of our tours we visit on average two to three primary schools per day to deliver our “Be Fit – Be Healthy – Be Happy” cancer awareness message to thousands of excited kids, their parents, teachers or community members.

Our kids’ message has been developed for primary children aged 6 - 12 years and introduces the character ‘Flipman’, from our Flipman Rules! Let’s Do Well book, and aims to increase the childrens’ understanding of cancer and ways in which they can help prevent it. 

Each visit takes approximately half an hour, including informal interaction with the kids as well as our 15 minute presentation on cancer awareness and prevention.  


What are the accommodation and meal arrangements on Tour?

All accommodation and meals are covered for Team members from your arrival (afternoon before Tour) until your departure (after breakfast the morning following the last day of Tour). No beverages are covered at any Community Dinners so these plus any other costs outside of the above are to be covered by yourself.

All team members share rooms on Tour in either twin or triple share rooms. You will share with different team members each night in an effort to allow a majority of team members to get to know each other better over the duration of the Tour. Please note: males and females are not mixed.


How do I get myself to and from Tour? 

It is your responsibility to get yourself to the start of Tour and make your way home after the final day. You are expected to check-in to the designated accommodation by 3.00pm the day prior to Tour commencing, followed by a Team Briefing session. The majority of our team departs to go home after breakfast, the morning following the final day of Tour. You also have the option of heading home after the Finale Dinner on the final day of Tour if you need to. We encourage team members to make contact with each other if transportation to or from Tour is proving difficult. If you are not flying, or do not have anyone who can transport you, many choose to car pool or travel on public transport together.


How do I transport my bike to and from Tour?

Note - Hard bike cases are NOT permitted on Tour. Unfortunately we don’t have available space in our trucks to transport these with us to the finish line. If you wish to transit your bike in a hard cover case, it will be your responsibility (at your own cost) to get the case from our tour start to the tour end. 

Sydney riders: If you are unable to transport your bike to the start of the Tour yourself, you have the option to drop off your bike at Tour de Cure Central in Frenchs Forest on a set date before Tour to have your bike transported to the start of Tour in a truck. If required, your bike can also be returned to Sydney following the Tour and available for pick-up at Tour de Cure Central. 

FYI - The handlebars will be loosened to turn sideways, allowing bikes to be placed side by side. Cardboard will partition each bike for safe transport. If you wish to pack your bike in a CARDBOARD box we will happily pack this safely in the truck.

Interstate / regional riders: You will need to bring your bike with you via your chosen method of transportation. As stated above do not bring a HARD BIKE CASE as we are not able to transport them. Please use a cardboard bike box if required, as this can be flat-packed in the truck.

Mechanics will be available to our team the night before tour starts to help you assemble your bike and will give the bike a once over to ensure it is ‘tour ready’. Please note, this doesn’t replace the service that must be undertaken before you leave for Tour. 


What are team chores and what will I be expected to do?

Each day on Tour a team (made up of riders and support crew) is assigned a particular chore to complete on that day.

Chores include:

  • School presentations – Helping to present our ‘Be Fit - Be Healthy - Be Happy’ presentation at the schools we visit.
  • Laundry – all individuals on tour are responsible for dropping off their laundry each day to a designated location, ie. The whiteboard. The allocated team will then take it to the local laundromat (or hotel laundry) for washing, and have it returned by a designated time for pick-up.
  • Dinner pack-down – eg. Pull down feather banners and pack away category jerseys and other merchandise after dinner
  • Vehicles  – assist in the cleaning and re-packing of vehicles
  • Blog / Stories from the Tour – help complete a written or video blog of the day’s adventures, to keep our supporters on the journey

 

Note: Chores are not designated to every team, every day and we try and complete chores prior to dinner where possible.


What happens at our nightly Community Dinners on Tour?

Our evening functions are held to further connect with local communities and support a needy local cancer research, support or prevention project, whereby we present a $10,000 cheque each night to a pre-determined local cancer project in that community. 

Family, friends and networks are welcome to join us at each of our dinners and are able to purchase tickets prior to Tour from our website. 

Each night, we have one or two team members host, or MC, the dinner, sharing their highlights of Tour, their reason for being involved and their connection to cancer, as well as introducing special guests and presenting the cancer project cheque to the recipient.

In a similar fashion to the Tour de France, we also celebrate individual achievements on tour by awarding Tour de Cure category jerseys every night, including:

  • Inspiration Jersey (Pink)
  • Awareness Jersey (Green)
  • Attitude (Yellow)
  • Focus (White) - Signature Tour only
  • Guts (Blue) - Signature Tour only
  • Doer (Orange) - Signature Tour only

These can be awarded to any persons who contribute and help Tour de Cure ‘ride to raise awareness and funds to cure cancer for all’. That is, any team, guest riders or community member who is making the tour what it is.

Our nightly community dinners are very special for each community as it is their first and, in some instances, the only impression of Tour de Cure and our Team.  Spend time with the people who take the time to come to our dinners, hear their stories and be inspired as they are inspired by you and what we are doing.


What are the insurance and medical requirements to come on Tour?

All team are to sign Tour de Cure’s Team Waiver, Indemnity and Digital Release as well as complete our Team Medical Form, prior to going on Tour. 

We have medical support on Tour, as well as additional medical support we can call on for consultation should the need arise.

For insurance purposes, Tour de Cure riders (including full tour, Service and Guest Riders) need to hold a current membership to an Australian cycling or racing club.


What do I need to pack for Tour?

A full packing list (including what we provide for you and what you need to bring) will be made available to you before going on Tour. As a guide, we provide riders with their Tour de Cure kit, including jerseys, knicks, socks and riding cap. Support crew receive Tour de Cure branded polo shirts/t-shirts and shorts to wear during the day and all team will receive collared shirts to wear at our Community Dinners.

Rider and Service Crew Packing list here

Support Crew packing list here

 


How can I keep my supporters on the journey when I go on Tour?

Your family, friends and network will want to know how you are going on Tour and be a part of your amazing journey. There are many ways they can stay in touch with what you’re up and get a taste of your Tour experience. You can keep them updated on the Tour via the following:

  • Stories from the Tour – Each day/evening on Tour a team will be selected to write a blog about the day. This will get uploaded to the website each night. Teams are also encouraged to complete a video blog of the day which will be uploaded to YouTube and the website.
  • On Tour e-postcards – Templates for each day of Tour will be available to send out to your supporters.
  • Gallery – Photos and videos from Tour will be uploaded each day to the Tour de Cure Gallery on our website to provide a great visual of what is going on.
  • Social Media - If they haven’t already, get your supporters to ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow our Twitter page to get some great updates throughout each day of Tour (you can access our social media via the icons at the bottom of the homepage). Also if you're tweeting, please use #TDC so we can keep on your journey too!
  • Cheering Spots – For those following us on the road, cheering spots will be available on the homepage of the website just before Tour.
  • Sunrise live crosses – On Signature Tour, there will be live crosses each morning of Tour to Mark Beretta and the Tour team. Everyone loves seeing someone they know on TV, so if you can, try and get in a shot and smile at your supporters. There will be plenty of opportunities. 

Can family or friends follow me on the Tour?

Your family and friends can share your experience by joining you on part or all of the tour and can attend our Community Dinners and cheer you on at our designated Cheering Spots, all of which will be posted on our website prior to Tour. 

Your guests can attend any of the Community Dinners that they wish, by purchasing a ticket prior to the night via our website. They will need to book their own accommodation separate to the Tour de Cure booking. We will advise you of where the team are staying a few weeks prior to Tour.  Where there is availability, guests can book into the same accommodation if they wish. You have the option of staying with your guests in their room, however if they are following you for the entire Tour, we recommend you sharing a room with team members where possible to truly engage in the full Tour experience with your team. 

It is important to remember not to leave guest accommodation and dinner bookings until the last minute. We are a large group and the small towns we pass through sometimes reach capacity with our bookings so we need to allow them enough time to prepare for all team and our special guests.


Stage Rider FAQs

What are the Options for Stage Riders? 

Signature Tour 2017 will include two different Stage Rides. 

Options include:

VIC Stage Ride:

27th & 28th March - Traralgon to Melbourne via Inverloch

  • Stage 4 - Traralgon to Inverloch (121km, 1,126m elevation)
  • Stage 5 - Inverloch to Melbourne (150km, 888m elevation)

TAS Stage Ride:

30th & 31st March - Launceston to Swansea via St Helens

  • Stage 7 - Launceston to St Helens (160km, 2,500m elevation)
  • Stage 8 - St Helens to Swansea (120km, 1,020 m elevation)

How much does a Stage Rider need to fundraise?

In addition to a personal donation of $500, Stage Riders are required to fundraise a minimum of $3,000 (minimum) - $5,000+ (stretch.

For fundraising support contact Fiona Russell - fiona@tourdecure.com.au or at the office 02 8073 4000. Don’t forget about the fundraising resources available on the TDC website


Do I need insurance?

For insurance purposes all Stage Riders must be a member of an Australian Cycling Organisation. Examples of suitable cycling organisations are: Cycling NSW/VIC/etc, Triathlon Australia, etc. 


How do I learn to ride in a bunch?

All Tour Riders must read and be familiar with the Tour de Cure Bunch Riding Etiquette document. Riders are encouraged to attend Tour de Cure training rides to familiarise themselves with the etiquette.

Details of NSW training rides are available here. Interstate riders should contact their designated training contacts for details of local training rides


What is provided to Stage Riders?

Each rider will receive a full set of Tour de Cure cycling kit (jersey, bib/knicks, socks and cycling cap) and a team shirt to wear at community dinners.

In addition riders should bring; riding gloves, sunglasses and an Australian Standards approved helmet. Where possible kit will be provided in advance, otherwise it will be issued during registration 


How do I get my bike ready for Tour?

Rider safety is of paramount importance to Tour de Cure. To ensure your bike is ready for Tour it should be serviced within 2 weeks of your stage rides and tyres should be less than 500km old. All bikes should be self-assembled prior to being checked by a Tour de Cure mechanic during ride registration. Tour de Cure reserves the right to judge if a rider, or the rider’s bike, is unsuitable for the ride 


What are the accommodation and meal arrangements on Tour?

Detailed information on each night’s accommodation is found on the Resources tab on the Tour de Cure member's website. Each night there are multiple accommodation venues, therefore you will be advised on Tour of where you are staying each night. Please be aware that all accommodation is provided on a shared basis.

VIC Stage Ride: Accommodation is provided from 26th to 28th March (Inclusive). All meals will be provided from Dinner on the 26th to Breakfast on the 29th 

TAS Stage Ride: Accommodation is provided from 29th - 31st March (Inclusive). All meals will be provided from Dinner on the 29th to Breakfast on the 1st 


What happens at our nightly Community Dinners on Tour?

Each evening Tour de Cure hosts a dinner for members of the local community. Full details of all dinners are available on the Resources tab on the team website. If you have guests for any of the dinners, tickets can be purchased via the Events page. As Stage Riders you do not need to purchase tickets for any of the dinners relevant to your ride


What should I pack?

Remember the golden rule - pack light! On Tour there will be around 200 bags which need to be manhandled and transported each day, so do yourselves and the support crew a favour by only bringing the things you genuinely need. The support crew take great pleasure in levying fines (seriously) for excessively heavy bags. You’ve been warned!

What to Pack: Please refer to the published list - Tour de Cure Packing List. You are also advised to bring; full finger gloves, arm and knee warmers (preferably black), shoe-covers, ear-plugs are highly recommended as is a power board. Rain jackets will be loaned to riders in the event of bad weather

Laptops: Laptops/iPads/etc can be brought on Tour and will be packed in a road case during the rides. You are responsible for organizing your own Internet access, therefore please bring your own USB modem/dongle. Please do not pack your laptop in a large heavy case, the smaller and lighter the better! 

Guest rider packing list here


How do I get to the Start of the Ride?

These logistics will be updated by December 2016 


Where and when is the rider briefing and orientation?

These logistics will be updated by December 2016 


How do I get home from the Tour?

On completion of the ride, riders will need to organise their own transport


What are my responsibilities on Tour?

Each day of Tour events are organised with the communities that we visit en route. These events are a key element of Tour de Cure’s cancer awareness message, therefore all Tour members are expected to participate - this is why we do what we do!


What can I expect on a typical day on Tour?

Examples of the types of events undertaken include: 

  • School visits: We will visit and present Tour de Cure’s cancer awareness message to local schools 
  • Community dinners: These will take place each evening with all required to attend
  • Corporate Partner Engagements
  • Additional community engagements 

What are team chores and what will I be expected to do?

Daily Chores: All Tour Riders, Stage Riders and Support crew will need to assist with daily chores (eg; cleaning support vehicles, helping produce the daily blog, laundry, etc).  You will come away truly appreciating the FULL TOUR EXPERIENCE!


Buddies

Buddies: New stage riders will be ‘buddied up’ with an experienced TDC rider. The idea of the buddy system is simply to give you another point of contact to support you through the process of getting ready for Tour and a go-to person as required whilst we’re on Tour. Details to follow. 


Strava

Strava: All Stage Riders are required to join the TDC17 Signature Tour Team on Strava (https://www.strava.com/clubs/TDC16). The Strava group is a key element of the rider assessment program and is therefore mandatory for all Signature Riders. 


Training & Assessment

Training & Assessment: Riding on Tour de Cure is a demanding physical activity, and one for which you need to get yourself into a suitable physical condition to complete the days that you are riding. More detail and guidance will be provided, however ultimately only you can get out there and do the training. The fitter you are the more you will get out of what should be an amazing experience … don’t leave it to late, you should be training now as Tour will be upon us in no time!   


Laundry

Laundry: Following the success of this service in 2015, whilst we are on Tour our friends at Orange Sky Laundry will once again do laundry on a daily basis.  For those of you who have been on Tour before you will appreciate how valuable this service is to all of us. Please don’t forget to make a contribution to these guys whilst we’re on Tour – they really are doing you a great service! 


TDC Contact for Stage Riders:

TDC Contact for Stage Riders:

Phil Gallant (email: philgallant@optusnet.com.au)

Important: Please consult the TDC web site and emails before contacting Phil with questions

We thank-you for your attention to the points above and trust that the next two months and the TDC 2017 rides will be inspiring to you, your family and the communities we touch.