Coffs cyclists join 10th anniversary cancer ride
EXPECT to see a whole lot of lycra this Tuesday when 120 cyclists ride into Coffs Harbour as part of the Tour de Cure's 10th anniversary tour.
The peloton will be halfway through their gruelling 10-day, 1520km ride from Brisbane to Sydney to raise money and awareness for cancer.
Tour de Cure's aim in 2016 is to raise a total of $4.5 million.
The cyclists will stop at primary schools along the way to educate children about the importance of staying fit and healthy and will present each local town they visit with a $10,000 cheque for a local cancer project.
Coffs Coast cyclists Sinclair Black and Anthony McNab are part of the anniversary ride.
Both have experienced the trauma cancer brings, losing close family members to the illness.
Sinclair said it was his personal special reason to be involved.
"Sadly, most of us will be touched by cancer at some point in our lives," he said.
"But if we can detect the disease early and do our best to stay active and healthy it gives us all a better chance."
Among the riders are Channel Seven's Mark Beretta and Olympic rowing champion Drew Ginn, who will be doing their bit in the name of cancer research.
The ride began in Brisbane yesterday and finishes in Sydney on Saturday, May 8.
Tour de Cure is holding a fundraising dinner on Tuesday night at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, hosted by Channel Seven's James Tobin.
At the dinner, a $10,000 donation will be given to Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation to support a vital outreach clinic supporting post-transplant follow-up in the Coffs Harbour region.
"Anyone is welcome to attend the dinner," Sinclair said.
"We encourage Coffs Coast locals to come and support the riders on their mission to find a cure for cancer.
"Germany's former cycling professional Jens Voigt will be the special guest at the Coffs dinner.
"There will be some touching cancer survival stories shared by some of the riders."
To obtain tickets go to Booking.com.
Since 2007, Tour de Cure riders, volunteers, support crew, corporate sponsors and other benefactors have raised in excess of $23 million.
They have helped fund over 242 cancer research, support and prevention projects, leading to 18 cancer breakthroughs.
Visit tourdecure.com.au to learn more or donate.