18 March 2021

Tour de Cure's Signature Tour 2021 - raising funds for cancer research
  • Tour de Cure's 2021 Signature Tour is coming your way, 26 March – 1 April 2021
  • 2021 Tour de Cure Signature Tour from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour via the New England region
  • Riding to raise funds to end cancer with a fundraising goal of $2.5million
  • 7 days, 900km, 10,870 elevation, 144 riders + support crew
  • Big thanks to the City of Newcastle for being our Host City Sponsor

On Friday 26 March, more than 140 cyclists and support crew will embark on Tour de Cure’s 2021 Signature Tour from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour via the New England region to raise funds to find a cure for cancer.

From Friday 26 March to Thursday 1 April, the Signature Tour 2021 will start in the host city of Newcastle and then cover over 900kms through cities and regional communities in New South Wales, with the aim to raise more than $2.5 million for life-saving cancer research, support and prevention projects.

Tour de Cure Australia’s Signature Tour is Australia’s most well-known cycling event away from professional racing and the 14th Tour de Cure Signature Tour from NewcastleCoffs Harbour promises to be as challenging and inspirational as ever with the team taking on the epic 7-day ride from Newcastle to Pokolbin and Muswellbrook, to Tamworth, and via the New England region via Armidale to Glen Innes, Grafton and the final destination Coffs Harbour.

As part of all our tours, we give local grants of $10,000 to the local communities to spend on local cancer support programs and services. We look forward to investing back into the communities that we visit along the way.

Channel 7’s Sunrise host Mark Beretta, who is one of five Tour de Cure’s Directors will once again be part of Tour de Cure’s Signature Tour for his twelfth consecutive year.

“I’m thrilled to be riding this year’s Tour de Cure Signature Tour, and it’s set to be the best one yet,” Mark Beretta said. “We’ll cover a lot of ground and visit iconic parts of the country visiting local communities, educating kids on healthy lifestyle choices and raising much needed funds to support cancer research, support and prevention programs nationally.”

Thanks to Channel Seven and the Sunrise Team, the Signature Tour receives extensive television coverage. Sunrise’s sports presenter Mark Beretta and weatherman James Tobin are among those in the saddle, taking the Tour to lounge rooms across Australia each morning.

Other well-known names who will be joining the team in their fund-raising efforts is cancer survivor and public speaker Jake Bailey.

Tour de Cure is passionate about helping people who are touched by cancer, particularly individuals and families in regional communities where care and support for cancer patients is limited. On each overnight stop, Tour de Cure will donate $10,000 to local cancer projects, illustrating the impact that this has on people affected by cancer in regional communities.

Raising awareness that 1 in 3 cancers are preventable also is a key focus for Tour de Cure and the team will visit local primary schools along the way to educate more than 3,000 children through Tour de Cure’s Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy program, that by making simple, healthy lifestyle choices, they can reduce their cancer risk.

Community members are invited to cheer roadside with cheering spots to be published before the start of tour.

Over the last 14 years, TdC has raised over $66Million, funded 554 cancer projects, contributed to over 45 cancer advances or breakthroughs, and talked to over 160,000 school children about making healthy lifestyle decisions.

“While this sounds impressive, we are only able to fund a quarter of all cancer project grant applications made to us each year. We are determined to fund more, because we know that our funding allows the continuation of vital cancer research in Australia,” Mark Beretta said.

“We couldn’t do it without the continued support from our corporate partners and donations by everyday Australians. We’ll only end cancer by working together to fund much needed research. And that’s something we can all come together to support,” Beretta added.

For more information on the route and the individual communities the team will be visiting on Tour in March and April, please see the 2021 tour details below.

To find out more about Tour de Cure’s work, sign up for a tour or an event go to www.tourdecure.com.au or to make a tax deductible donation go to https://donate.tourdecure.com.au


From Newcastle to Coffs Harbour
26 March – 1 April 2021

About Tour de Cure
Tour de Cure raises vital funds to support the researchers, surgeons and clinicians who dedicate their lives to finding a cure for cancer.

Through our magical, challenging and inspirational events we raise money to fund the boldest research, the most talented scientists and the ground-breaking projects that we believe will have the biggest impact on cancer.

From humble beginnings in 2007, the Tour de Cure community has grown to become a national movement of thousands of people, walking, running, riding and swimming to raise awareness and inspire support in the fight to cure cancer. The generosity of our supporters has enabled us to fund over 500 cancer projects and we’re proud to have contributed to 45 scientific cancer breakthroughs.

2021 Route & Schedule

  1. Friday 26 March, Newcastle to Hunter Valley (Tour Experience), 116kms 1,400m
  2. Saturday 27 March, Hunter Valley to Muswellbrook (Tour Experience),  130kms 1,300m
  3. Sunday 28 March, Muswellbrook to Tamworth, 160kms 1,200m
  4. Monday 29 March, Tamworth to Armidale, 160kms 2,100m
  5. Tuesday 30 March, Armidale to Glen Innes, 118kms 1,400m
  6. Wednesday 31 March, Glen Innes to Grafton, 140kms 2,500m
  7. Thursday 1 April, Grafton to Coffs Harbour, 89kms 970m

Team on Tour – 144 people
Riders - 77
Tour Experience Riders - 27
Support Crew – 40

Route Details
900km, 10,870m elevation

Signature Tour Fundraising Target
2020/21 Target - $2.5million
2019 Funds Raised - $3.2million
2018 Funds Raised - $2.7million
2017 Funds Raised - $2.2million
2016 Funds Raised - $3million
2015 Funds Raised: $2.2million
Total funds Raised over ten years of event: $21.2million

2021 School Visits
3,000 school children will take part in the Tour de Cure 'BE FIT, BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY' cancer education experience.

Cancer Projects & Grants
• Newcastle: $10,000 donated to Run DIPG in 2020
• Hunter Valley: $10,000 donated to Ungooroo in 2020
• Muswellbrook: $10,000 donated to Cancer Council
• Tamworth: $10,000 donated to Tamworth Base Hospital – Workstations on Wheels
• Armidale: $10,000 donated to University of New England
• Glen Innes: $10,000 donated to CanAssist
• Grafton: $10,000 donated to CanDo Cancer trust

Cancer funding in Australia and the Tour de Cure story
In late 2020 the Federal government's final medical research funding round of the year were quietly released to researchers. The sector estimates about 10 per cent of applications were successful, the lowest success rate on record. Cancer research has been hit with a perfect storm during COVID 19 and the impact is twofold:

  1. Funding for research has dramatically slowed down which has seen our cancer research capabilities fall backwards
  2. Testing for cancer has regressed by more than 750,000 people in the past six months meaning delayed diagnosis, less early detection and proactive treatments for tens of thousands of people.

Clearly there is a gap in how much research the government can fund, and that is why TdC exists. We raise money through personal and corporate donations for bike rides, walks, health challenges and gala events to fund much needed cancer research, prevention and support programs.

Call to Action
You can show your support and help cure cancer by donating to Tour de Cure at https://donate.tourdecure.com.au

Follow the Tour on social media
Twitter @tourdecure_aus
Facebook @TourdeCureAustralia
Instagram @tourdecureaus
LinkedIn @tourdecureaustralia

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Media Contacts:
Sally Heginbotham, PR Manager, Tour de Cure
E: sally@tourdecure.com.au
M: 0410 634 462

Daily Schedule

Day 7 - Thu 1 April - Grafton to Coffs Harbour - 89km - 971m
7:00-8:30 - Breakfast 
10:15- 11:15 - Morning tea (grassed area outside Glenreagh Pool, Boundary St, Glenreagh)
1:30-3:00 - Final Celebration (lawns outside the Casay on the Beach, Aanuka Beach Resort, 11 Firman Dr, Coffs Harbour)

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