The fourth annual Tour de Cure, an annual bike ride that raises funds for Australian cancer projects, arrives in Byron Bay today as the seventh stop of its latest marathon adventure from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast.
More than 90 men and women are cycling 1400 kilometres over 10 days to raise a further $1m for cancer prevention, support and research provided by Camp Quality, the Cancer Council, the Leukaemia Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Cure Cancer Australia, Cure for Life Foundation and Cure The Future Cell and Gene Trust.
Among the riders is Channel 7 Sunrise sports anchor Mark Beretta, who said he was excited but slightly nervous about the challenge.
“I know it’ll be really tough for me – riding is a great love of mine, but these distances are daunting,” he said.
“However, in the bigger scheme of life and what we’re working together to achieve, it’s a tiny bit of suffering to do my bit to help find a cure for cancer. I’ll happily take that challenge.”
To mark the tour’s arrival at Byron Bay, a buffet dinner and category jersey presentation will be held at the Byron Bay Brewery tonight.
Tour de Cure Category Jerseys (a different colour representing each charity) are awarded at the end of the day to the cyclists who best displayed qualities during the day including focus, support, guts, smart thinking, being a do-er, having a great attitude and acting as a Tour de Cure ambassador to the public.
“The event is a great opportunity for the Byron community to get involved with Tour de Cure,” said the tour co-founder and cycling fanatic, Gary Bert-wistle.
“After our seventh day of riding, our team will look forward to this social catch-up with the locals and a chance to raise some extra funds for a cure.”
Ranging in age from 21 to 55 and hailing from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, the Tour de Cure team of riders and volunteer support crew represent a broad cross-section of the Australian community, from CEOs to students, window cleaners to paramedics.
As a leading cause of death in Australia, cancer is expected to take the lives of some 42,000 Australians this year.
Riders will set off on the next leg tomorrow morning from Cape Byron between 7.45 and 9am.
The tour finishes at Mooloolaba on Sunday, May 16.
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