02 April 2019

Save the date – 1 month To Go To Tour de Cure’s Signature Tour

Mark Beretta’s 10th ride

Next month, over 200 cyclists and support crew will embark on Tour de Cure’s 2019 Signature Tour from Sydney to Geelong via the Snowy Mountains to raise funds to find a cure for cancer. From Friday 3 May to Saturday 12 May, the Signature Tour 2019 will cover over 1,400kms through cities and regional communities in New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria with the aim to raise more than $2.2 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 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, to Canberra, Jindabyne and via the Snowy Mountains to Corryong, Beechworth, Shepparton, Daylesford and the final destination Geelong.

Geelong is the hometown of Channel 7’s Sunrise host Mark Beretta, who is one of five Tour de Cure’s Directors 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.”

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 fundraising efforts are former Tour de France rider Jens Voigt as well as James Tobin, Tony "Plugger" Lockett and Jake Bailey?.

“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.

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.

In Canberra, there will also be a 10km Kids Community Ride.

Community members are invited to join the team for dinner each night, and cheer roadside with cheering spots to be published before the start of tour.

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 added.

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

TOUR DE CURE - SIGNATURE TOUR 2019
STATS AND FACTS

From Sydney to Geelong
3 – 11 May 2019

About Tour de Cure
We cover ground to cure cancer. Through our inspirational, challenging and fun cycling tours and events, we fund the world-class cancer projects that will have the biggest impact.

Since 2007, we've raised more than $45 million, we've funded 322 cancer projects, we've achieved 25 significant cancer breakthroughs, and we've helped to raise awareness about cancer prevention to more than 110,000 school children across Australia.

2019 Route & Schedule

  1. Friday 3 May Sydney (NSW Stage Ride) Kiama 130kms 1,466m
    Via SYDNEY - RANDWICK - MAROUBRA - STANWELL TOPS - WOLLONGONG - KIAMA
  2. Saturday 4 May Kiama (NSW Stage Ride) Goulburn 178kms 2,679m
    Via KIAMA, KANGAROO VALLEY, BUNDANOON, GOULBURN, BUNGONIA
  3. Sunday 5 May Goulburn (NSW Stage Ride) Canberra 132kms 1,153m
    Via GOULBURN - TIRRANNAVILLE - TARAGO - BUNGENDORE - CANBERRA
  4. Monday 6 May Canberra Jindabyne 182kms 2,316m
    Via CANBERRA - MICHELAGO - COOMA - BERRIDALE - JINDABYNE
  5. Tuesday 7 May Jindabyne Corryong 140kms 2,848m
    Via JINDABYNE - THREDBO - CORRYONG
  6. Wednesday 8 May Corryong Beechworth 148kms 1,922m
    Via CORRYONG - KOETONG - TALLANGATTA - YACKANDANDAH - BEECHWORTH
  7. Thursday 9 May Beechworth Shepparton 140kms 705m
    Via BEEACHWORTH - WANGARATTA - MIlAWA - DEVENISH - SHEPPARTON
  8. Friday 10 May Shepparton (VIC Stage Ride) Daylesford 198kms 1,703m
    Via SHEPPARTON - RUSHWORTH - HEATHCOTE - HEPBURN SPRINGS
  9. 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

Route Details
1,400 km, 16,238 elevation

Signature Tour Fundraising Target
2019 Target - $2.2million
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: $18million

2019 School Visits
3,000 school children will take part in the Tour de Cure 'BE FIT, BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY' cancer education experience.

There will also be a 10km Kids Community Ride in Canberra.

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

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.

We will only end cancer by working together to fund much needed research. And that is something we can all come together to support.

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

You can also follow the Signature Tour on social media:

www.twitter.com/tourdecure_aus

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

www.facebook.com.tourdecureaus

VISUALS:

High res photos can be downloaded Flickr here : https://www.flickr.com/photos/tourdecure/albums

Media Contact:

Cora Zillich, Communications, Tour de Cure

E: cora@tourdecure.com.au

M: 0448 007 443

> Return to news directory