It has been a very, very long day...!
Stephanie and i were up nice and early to catch the 7:20am flight to Sydney. We had a nice smooth flight and landed around 10:15am. We caught the train to the Hotel that Stephanie and my Mum are staying in tonight and left their bags in the lobby. We met with, Mum, Dad and Zac before finding a place to grab a bite to eat for lunch. "Guzman Y Gomez" was the hot favourite at the table, with for french patisserie desserts to follow. Yum! You have a great food court Sydney!
After lunch we decided to walk to the Tour de Cure meeting point just over 1km away from where we were. My Tour kit bag broke on the way to the Mecure Hotel, so it kind dragged along the ground most of the way, but we made it.
Once we arrived, there were many jobs to be done. Trucks were being unloaded, kits were being sorted, bikes were being assembled and much, much more. Along with the chores of Tour, there was a lot of hand shaking and plenty of hugs to go around. I havent seen most of these people in about 12 months and I cant wait to spend the next 10 days with them.
Team briefing/welcome was done by our great Tour leaders and organisation team. There is months and months of planning that goes into these Tours to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as they do, so its important to make sure that all the team members are up to date with what has to be done for the coming days.
Our community dinner was held at the Mecure Hotel and Steak or Fish was on the menu, with chocolate cake or pavlova for dessert. We heard a very touching story from a fellow rider (Cameron Eade) and his family. Cameron has had a very personal experience with cancer and he shared how it had affected his life and family. Through the pain and the suffering of his battle, the Eade family (Or "Team Eade") have definitely looked for the positive things that have come from their situation. A very touching story and I look forward to riding alongside Cameron in the coming days and getting to know him a bit better.
I am very happy and proud to have both My Dad and My Brother on Tour time round. Trevor and Zac have joined as part of the support crew for our trip and it will be a very special Tour to have them right beside me the whole way!
I started riding with Tour de Cure because of the way that cancer had impacted my family. I didnt ever have future plans to continue riding after my first tour, but I also didnt know just how much it was going to affect me and much I didnt want to stop helping TdC do what they do.
So im back for 2014! Last years tour was dedicated to my Dad. He taught me how to ride a bike and im sure that I get my passion for the ride from him. Without the funding that goes into cancer prevention, its hard to say what Dads position would be. So I am very thankful for what Tour de Cure have done over the last 8 years and I am very proud to be a part of the family!
This year our group of friends had a very "close to home" cancer encounter. I wont go into details but he has undergone plenty of surgery and treatments in the last few moths. He's a young, fit guy with his whole life ahead of him and it really showed me that this disease can show up at anytime. I am wishing him all the best in his final stages of his recovery.
My 2014 Tour de Cure ride is dedicated to a great mate and top bloke, Matt. "The Hammer"
Stay strong buddy, we are all here for you.
Well, its 9:42pm and I'm about to turn in for the night... I am pretty tired. We have a 5:30am start in the morning at Channel 7 Studios at Martin Place in Sydney, so I will need all the sleep I can get tonight before I start my ride.
Thank you for all the fantastic support in the months before Tour. Your support continues to amaze me and I cant thank you all enough. Good night.