03 May 2019

Media Release: Big Name Line-Up To Ride from Sydney To Geelong

Big Name Line-Up To Ride from Sydney To Geelong On Tour de Cure’s 2019 Signature Tour

(3 – 11 May 2019)


Tony “Plugger” Lockett (AFL), Mark Beretta and James Tobin (7 Sunrise), Jens Voigt (Tour de France veteran), Jake Bailey (cancer survivor), Darren Mara (SBS News) amongst 200-strong team raising funds to end cancer

  • Tour de Cure's 2019 Signature Tour Sydney to Goulburn to depart Sydney on Friday morning, 3 May 2019.
    Meet the team and send them off at Martin Place, Sydney CBD 6:00 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Tour fundraising goal of $2.5million, over $10million for Tour de Cure in 2019
  • 9 days, Sydney to Geelong, 1400km, 16,238 elevation, 200 riders + support crew
  • Day 1 (Frid, 3 May) Sydney to Kiama, Day 2 (Sat, 5 May) Kiama to Goulburn, Day 3 (Sunday) Goulburn to Canberra
  • Mark Beretta’s 10th ride

Big names from Australia’s sporting and media world will be throwing their support behind Tour de Cure’s 2019 Signature Tour when over 200 cyclists and support crew embark on their journey from Sydney to Geelong via the Snowy Mountains this Friday, 3 May 2019, to raise funds to find a cure for cancer.


Amongst others, AFL Hall of Famer Tony “Plugger” Lockett, 7 Sunrise’s sports presenter Mark Beretta, weatherman James Tobin, reporter and SBS World News presenter Darren Mara as well as cancer survivor and public speaker Jake Bailey will be taking on the challenging route over 1400km through cities and regional communities in New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria from Friday 3 May to Saturday 11 May 2019 with the aim to raise more than $2.5 million for life-saving cancer research, support and prevention projects.


“It’s such a great cause and it’s something that affects pretty much everyone, whether it’s family, a friend, a relative or someone you know, somewhere along the line it affects us all. And the quicker we get on doing more and more about it the better off we are all gonna be,” Tony Lockett said about his motivation to join Tour de Cure after watching Channel 7’s Signature Tour 2018 documentary earlier this year.


“When I watched the doco, I thought that I need to be part of this, that I need to get out there and do this and that it will be good for the cause, good to raise money and just trying to put a smile on people’s faces. That’s the reward I get.”


“There’s a lot of people out there, doing so much work in the fight to cure cancer, I take my hat off to them. I just want to do my bit, it’s as simple as that,” Lockett said.


“Helplessness is a common feeling when watching loved ones suffer and die at the hands of cancer. But we humans are a resilient and resourceful bunch. I and the whole Tour de Cure team have resolved to do all we can to help find a cure for cancer. Every dollar counts,” SBS’s Darren Mara said about his motivation to take on the 1400km from Sydney to Geelong.


The final destination of the Tour de Cure’s 13th Signature Tour is Geelong, the hometown of Channel 7’s Sunrise host Mark Beretta, who is one of seven Tour de Cure Board Members and will be part of Tour de Cure’s Signature Tour for the tenth 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.”


Like all riders, Lockett, Beretta and Mara have been putting in a strenuous training and fundraising regime to get ready for the 1400km from Sydney to Geelong via the Snowy Mountains. They will be joining the 200-strong team, including 173 full tour riders, 30 stage riders (Sydney to Canberra and Shepparton to Geelong) as well as 29 support crew who will depart “Brekky Central” in Martin Place in Sydney on Friday, 3 May 2019.


Once again, the team will also get the support of former professional cyclist and Tour de France veteran Jens Voigt from Germany, who will be joining Tour de Cure for the fifth time.


“Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer and I know that life has been very good to me and with my involvement with Tour de Cure I want to give back,” Jens Voigt said about his reasons to support Tour de Cure.


“Like every family man, I want to do my bit to help prevent and ultimately cure cancer once and for all. For me, cycling is a great way to raise funds and awareness and it promotes a healthy lifestyle, which is key to prevention. The Tour de Cure Signature Tour is heart-warming and heartbreaking at the same time, the people are wonderful and I feel fortunate that I can get involved and I’ll do whatever I can to help achieve Tour de Cure’s goal to cure cancer.”


Tour de Cure Australia’s Signature Tour is Australia’s most well-known cycling event away from professional racing and the 13th Tour de Cure Signature Tour from Sydney to Geelong promises to be as challenging and inspirational as ever with the team taking on the epic 9-day ride from Sydney to Kiama and Goulburn, Canberra, Jindabyne and via the Snowy Mountains to Corryong, Beechworth, Shepperton, Daylesford and the final destination Geelong.


Thanks to Channel Seven and the Sunrise Team, the Signature Tour receives extensive television coverage and 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.


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.

During the 2019 Signature Tour the nine communities along the way of Sydney, Kiama, Goulburn, Canberra, Jindabyne, Corryong, Beechworth, Shepparton and Daylesford will be presented with a $10,000 donation each for their selected local cancer projects.


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 5,000 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 join the team for dinner each night, and cheer roadside.


Over the last 12 years, TdC has raised over $45Million, funded 322 cancer projects, contributed to over 25 cancer advances or breakthroughs, and talked to over 110,000 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.


Tour de Cure aims to keep Australians busily engaged in cancer research and hopes to reach its goal of $60Million by 2020.


“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 said.


For more information on the route and the individual communities the team will be visiting on Tour in May, please see the 2019 tour details below.


You can show your support and help cure cancer by donating to Tour de Cure at www.tourdecure.com.au

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

Video interview with Tony Lockett: https://vimeo.com/333228864


TOUR DE CURE 2019 SIGNATURE TOUR – STATS AND FACTS


From Sydney to Geelong

3 – 11 May 2019


2019 Route & Schedule

Friday 3 May Sydney (NSW Stage Ride) Kiama 130kms 1,466m

Via SYDNEY - RANDWICK - MAROUBRA - STANWELL TOPS - WOLLONGONG - KIAMA


Saturday 4 May Kiama (NSW Stage Ride) Goulburn 178kms 2,679m

Via KIAMA, KANGAROO VALLEY, BUNDANOON, GOULBURN, BUNGONIA


Sunday 5 May Goulburn (NSW Stage Ride) Canberra 132kms 1,153m

Via GOULBURN - TIRRANNAVILLE - TARAGO - BUNGENDORE - CANBERRA


Monday 6 May Canberra Jindabyne 182kms 2,316m

Via CANBERRA - MICHELAGO - COOMA - BERRIDALE - JINDABYNE


Tuesday 7 May Jindabyne Corryong 140kms 2,848m

Via JINDABYNE - THREDBO - CORRYONG


Wednesday 8 May Corryong Beechworth 148kms 1,922m

Via CORRYONG - KOETONG - TALLANGATTA - YACKANDANDAH - BEECHWORTH


Thursday 9 May Beechworth Shepparton 140kms 705m

Via BEEACHWORTH - WANGARATTA - MIlAWA - DEVENISH - SHEPPARTON


Friday 10 May Shepparton (VIC Stage Ride) Daylesford 198kms 1,703m

Via SHEPPARTON - RUSHWORTH - HEATHCOTE - HEPBURN SPRINGS


Saturday 11 May Daylesford (VIC Stage Ride) Geelong 152kms 1,446m

Via DAYLESFORD - BUNINYONG - MAUDE - GEELONG

Team on Tour – 232 people

Riders – 173

Stage Riders – 30

Support Crew – 29


See the team profiles here: https://www.tourdecure.com.au/tours/signature-tour-2019/tour-team/


Route Details

1,400 km, 16,238 elevation


Signature Tour Fundraising Target

2019 Target - $2.5million

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: $18million


2019 School Visits

5,000 school children will take part in the Tour de Cure 'BE FIT, BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY' cancer education experience.


Cancer Projects & Grants

9 communities (Sydney, Kiama, Goulburn, Canberra, Jindabyne, Corryong, Beechworth, Shepparton and Daylesford) will be presented with a $10,000 donation each for their selected local cancer projects during Signature Tour 2019



*INTERVIEW & PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE*

See detailed daily itineraries for more information:


Day 1 – Fri 3 May – Sydney to Kiama – 130kms, 1,466m elevation
via SYDNEY – RANDWICK – MAROUBRA – STANWELL TOPS – WOLLONGONG – KIAMA
6:00am – 8:30am: Breakfast at CH7 Sunrise, Martin Pl, Sydney, incl Sunrise Live Crosses
8:45am – 9:15am: School visit OLSH, 193 Avoca St, Randwick
8:45am – 9:15am: School visit St Michaels Primary School, Halg Ave, Daceyville
11:30am – 12:00pm: Short morning tea at Bald Hill, Otford Rd, Stanwell Tops
1:15pm – 1:45pm: Lunch at JP Galvin Park, Gliff Rd, Nth Wollongong
3:00pm – 3:45pm: Afternoon tea and recovery at Kendalls on the Beach, 33 Bonaira St, Kiama
6.00pm – 8.00pm: Team Community Dinner, Kiama Pavilion, 2 Bong Bong St, Kiama

Day 2 – Sat 4 May – Kiama to Goulburn – 178kms, 2679m elevation
Via KIAMA – KANGAROO VALLEY – BUNDANOON – BUNGONIA – GOULBURN

6:00am – 8.30 am: Breakfast at Kiama Lighthouse and Blowhole carpark, Blowhole Point Rd, Kiama
9:15am – 10:00: Morning tea at Osborne Park, Kangaroo Valley Showground, Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo
Valley
12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch at Bundanoon Oval, 70 Erith St, Bundanoon
2:45pm – 3:30pm: Afternoon tea at the park next to Bungonia Rural Fire Brigade, King St, Bungonia
4:15pm – 5:00pm: Arrival Goulburn and team debrief at Police Academy, 1 McDermott Dr, Goulburn
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Team Community Dinner at NSW Police Academy, 1 McDermott Dr, Goulburn

Day 3 – Sun 5 May – Goulburn to Canberra – 132kms, 1153m elevation
Via GOULBURN – TIRRANNAVILLE – TARAGO – BUNGENDORE – CANBERRA
6:30am – 7.30am: Breakfast at NSW Police Academy, 1 McDermott Dr, Goulburn
8:00am – 8:30am: Morning tea at Wakefield Park Raceway, 4770 Braidwood Rd, Tirrannaville
10:30am – 11:00am: Stop on Cnr Collector Rd & Bungendore Rd, Tarago
11:45am – 12:15pm: Lunch at Mick Sherd Oval, 56 Gibraltor St, Bungendore
2:00pm – 2:30pm: Afternoon tea at Eaglehawk Hotel, 1226 Federal Hwy, Sutton
3:30pm: Corporate visit Gondwana Genometrics, Gould Building, Daley Rd, Acton
3:45pm – 4:15pm: Arrival and recovery at Rydges Capital Hill, 17 Canberra Ave, Forrest
6:15pm – 8:15pm: Team Community Dinner, Ainslie Football & Social Club, 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie,

Day 4 – Mon 6 May – Canberra to Jindabyne – 182kms, 2,316m elevation
Via CANBERRA – MICHELAGO – COOMA – BERRIDALE – JINDABYNE
6:00am – 7:00am: Breakfast at National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cr, Acton
9:00am – 9:30am: Morning tea at Michelago Showground, Ryrie St, Michelago
9:30am – 10:00am: School visit at Michelago Primary School, 20 Ryrie St, Michelago
12:30pm – 1:00pm: Lunch at Centennial Park, Sharp St, Cooma
1:30pm – 2:15pm: School Visit at Cooma North Primary School, 35 Baroona Ave, Cooma
1:30pm – 2:15pm: School Visit at Snowy Mountains Christian College, Baroona Ave, Cooma
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Afternoon ta at Park outside Snowy Monaro Council, 2 Myack St, Berridale
4:30pm – 5:00pm: Arrival Jindabyne
6:45pm – 8:00pm: Team Community Dinner, Lake Jindabyne Hotel, 21 McLure Circuit, Jindabyne

Day 5 – Tues 7 May – Jindabyne to Corryong – 140kms, 2848m elevation
Via JINDABYNE – THREDBO – GEEHI – KHANCOBAN – CORRYONG
6:30am – 7:30am: Breakfast at Banjo Paterson Park, Kosciusko Rd, Jindabyne
9:45am: Morning tea, Thredbo Village Green
12:45pm: Lunch at airstrip at the back of Geehi Flats Campground, Alpine Way, Geehi
3:00pm – 4:15pm: Afternoon tea, Alpine Inn Khancoban, 1399 Alpine Way, Khancoban
4:15pm – 5:00pm: Arrival Khancoban and Corryong
6:45pm – 8:00pm: Team Community Dinner, Youth Club Hall,, 14 Donaldson St, Corryong

Day 6 – Wed 8 May – Corryong to Beechworth – 148kms, 1,922m elevation
Via CORRYONG – KOETONG – TALLANGATTA – YACKANDANDAH – BEECHWORTH
6:30am – 7:30am: Breakfast at Man From Snowy River Park behind Corryong Visitor Centre, 50 Hanson St, Corryong
8:45am – 9:30am: School visit, Corryong College, 1/17 Murray Valley Hwy, Corryong
9:45am – 10:15am: Morning Tea, Koetong Pub, 6156 Murray Valley Hwy, Koetong
11:00am – 11:45am: School visit, Tallangatta Primary School, 1 Wonga Grove, Tallangatta
11:00am – 11:45am: School visit, St Michaels Primary School, Queen Elizabeth Dr, Tallangatta
11:45am – 12:15pm: Lunch at Tallangatta Foreshore Reserve, Lakeside Dr, Tallangatta
2:30pm – 3:00pm: School visit, Yackandandah, 39 High St, Yackandandah
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Arrival and recovery at Golden Heritage, 51 Sydney Rd, Beechworth
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Team Community Dinner, Bridge Road Brewers, 50 Ford St, Beechworth

Day 7 – Thurs 9 May – Beechworth to Shepparton – 140kms, 705m elevation
Via BEECHWORTH – WANGARATTA – MILAWA – DEVENISH – SHEPPARTON
6:45am – 7:30am: Breakfast at Beechworth Historic Court House, 94 Ford St, Beechworth
9:00am – 9:30am: School visit, Wangaratta Primary School, Chisholm St, Wangaratta
9:00am – 9:30am: School visit, Milawa Primary School, Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa
9:30am – 10:00am: Morning teat Apex Park, Clements St, Wangaratta
11:30am – 12:00pm: Lunch at Devenish Silo Art Park, Main St, Devenish
2:00pm – 2:45pm: School visit, St Georges Rd Primary School, 120 St Georges Rd, Shepparton
2:00pm – 2:45pm: School visit, St Brenden’s Primary School, 143/149 Knight St, Shepparton
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Arrival, afternoon tea and team recovery at Lake Victoria Park, off Tom Collins Dr, Shepparton
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Team Community Dinner Eastbank Auditorium, Riverlinks Venues, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton

Day 8 – Frid 10 May – Shepparton to Hepburn Springs – 198kms, 1,703m elevation
Via SHEPPARTON – RUSHWORTH – HEATHCOTE – HEPBURN SPRINGS
6:00am – 6:45am: Breakfast at Lake Victoria Park, off Tom Collins Dr, Shepparton
8:45am – 9:15am: Morning tea at Rushworth Town Centre Park, High St, Rushworth
12:15am – 12:45pm: Lunch at Barrack Reserve, Barrack St, Heathcote
12:15pm – 12:45pm: School visit, Heathcote Primary School, 31 Herriot St, Heathcote
2:15pm – 2:45pm: Afternoon tea, Park at Malmsbury Town Hall, Ellesmere Pl, Malmsbury
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Arrival and team recovery, Bellinzona, 77 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Team Community Dinner Bellinzona Resort, 77 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs

Day 9 – Sat 11 May – Hepburn Springs to Geelong – 152kms, 1,446m elevation
Via DAYLESFORD – BUNINYONG – MAUDE – GEELONG
6:30am – 7:15am: Breakfast at Daylesford Skate Park, opp 32 Duke St, Daylesford
7:15am – 8:15am: Weekend Sunrise Cross, Lake Daylesford Carpark, 2 Leggett St, Daylesford
10:00am – 9:15am: Morning tea at Rushworth Town Centre Park, High St, Rushworth
12:15am – 10:30am: Morning tea, De-Soza Park, 48 Warrenheip St, Buninyong
3:15pm – 4:00pm: Regroup for Finale at Rippleside Park, 42 Bell Pde, Rippleside
4:15pm – 4:30pm: Team Finale Arrival, Steampacket Gardens, Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Team Cocktail Celebration, Novotel Geelong, 10-14 Eastern Beach, Geelong


All daily itineraries and school stops can be found here: http://bit.ly/Itinerary19


About Cancer funding in Australia and the Tour de Cure story

In 2017 the Federal government funded $174.8Million in cancer research through its NHMRC program, however this represents only 13-15% of requests made from Australian cancer researchers in that same year.


There is a gap in how much research the government can fund and that is why TdC exists. TdC raises 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.


Over the last 12 years, TdC has raised over $45Million, funded 322 cancer projects, contributed to over 25 cancer advances or breakthroughs, and talked to over 110,000 school children about making healthy lifestyle decisions.


While this sounds impressive, Tour de Cure has only been able to fund a quarter of all cancer project grant applications made to TdC each year. Tour de Cure is determined to fund more to allow the continuation of vital cancer research in Australia.


Tour de Cure aims to keep Australians busily engaged in cancer research and hopes to reach its goal of $60Million by 2020.


Tour de Cure’s work could not be done without the continued support from corporate partners and donations by everyday Australians.


You can show your support and help cure cancer by donating to Tour de Cure at www.tourdecure.com.au


Follow the Tour on social media

You can also follow the Signature Tour on social media:

Twitter www.twitter.com/tourdecure_aus

Facebook www.facebook.com.tourdecureaus

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tourdecureaus/


Visuals:

High res photos from TdC can be downloaded from: http://bit.ly/TDCFlickr


Media Contact:

Cora Zillich, Communications, Tour de Cure

E: cora@tourdecure.com.au

M: 0448 007 443

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