Signature Tour (Tour de Cure)

March, 2020

26MarAll Day03AprSignature Tour (Tour de Cure)An epic 9 day adventure through regional NSW and VictoriaSydneyState:NSW,QLDDiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,160+ kmType Ride:Charity,Multi-day,Recreational

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The Signature Tour is a 9 day ride for cyclists of all abilities through the East coast of Australia.

The Signature Tour is a 9 day ride for cyclists of all abilities that starts in Newcastle (north of Sydney) and finishes in Noosa (north of Brisbane). This ride is the main cycling event held by the Tour de Cure.

The 2020 ride celebrates a new route travelling along the hinterland of the northern coast of New South Wales through to the Noosa on the sunshine coast.

The Signature Tour covers some of the best riding in Australia, as you travel to the idyllic Port town of Newcastle and head inland through the hills and undulations of the great deviding range and the glass house mountans before decending to the sea side town of Noosa at the Northern end of the sunshine coast. Over 9 days, you can expect to travel approximately 1400km and 14,000m elevation.

2020 ride description to follow:

2019 ride details below and be removed:

Because it is a 9 day event and not everyone can commit to such a long ride, the Signature Tour also offers two shorter stages: New South Wales (3 days) and Victoria (2). You can also do a 5 day ride which is the NSW and Victoria stages combined.

Option 1 is the NSW Stage, with the second stage being the VIC stage.

The NSW stage runs over 3 days with 440km’s and 5,298 m of elevation under your wheels and finishing at Canberra. The NSW Stage starts at Channel 7 in Martin Place, Sydney. Over the next 3 days, the ride follows the coast south of Sydney to Kiama near Wollongong, before heading inland to Goulburn, and then to Canberra. Then the fun begins as you cross the Snowy Mountains  into Victoria. On your way to Canberra, you will pass through Jindabyne via Threadbo to Corryong- Beechworth. This is a true test of character. This stage of the ride is suitable for intermediate riders, with optional rider support at set locations on challenging parts of the ride.

The VIC Stage runs over 2 days with 350km’s and 3,149 m of elevation under your wheels. Riders starting here will join the rest of the riders at Shepparton for the final push to Geelong. This stage of the tour is from Shepparton to Geelong via Daylesford. The hard work is done on the first day’s ride with 200km and 1,300+m elevation through the undulations to the North of Melbourne and to the Spa country. The second day is a cruise off the hills for a 100km ride with 450m elevation, finishing in Geelong. Easy!

Weather in May, which is late autumn, can be described as cool ie 5 to 20 degrees celsius. So expect to have a cold front and showers come through, especially with a trip this long.

The Signature Tour raises vital funds for pioneering cancer research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. It is organised by the Tour de Cure, an Australian charity that raises money to fund cancer research, prevention and support services and programs.  They are based in Sydney and organise cycling tours and fundraising events throughout Australia. There are a series of events to suit riders who live in any state of Australia covering different timeframes. This includes the Signature Tour from Sydney to Geelong this year, the High Country Charity Ride, the Westpac 202,  the Woolies Wheels and Walks, the SA Discovery Tour, the LIFE Ride, the Peter Mac Ride,  the Can4Cancer ride.  That is 8 rides in total each year!

Most of the rides tend to be a multi-day ride or event covering anywhere from 200 to 1000 km.

The Tour de Cure cycling events have some well-known high profile cyclists including former professional cyclist, Jens Voigt, Australian champion rower Drew Ginn,  Paralympic Matthew Formston, the professional actor Eric Bana and the Sunrise sports presenter Mark Beretta. These people cycle the full event,  they don’t just sit on the sideline and wave you off at the start line. They ride the whole distance with you, so you can get up close and personal.

You’ll find other cycling events, like the Signature Tour, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.

Enjoy!

 

The Signature Tour is a 9 day ride for cyclists of all abilities through the East coast of Australia.

Date

26 March - 3 April

Location

Sydney, NSW

Sydney

Extra Information

  • kit (Jersey & knicks)
  • hydration/Water
  • Meals and snacks
  • SAG Wagon
  • Mechanic
  • Medic
  • Accommodation included
  • fundraising minimum $12,000

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