State of Origin Tour Day 1 - Tweed Heads to Boonah

Total distance: 135km, ascent 1,645m.

The TdC tour is an amazing experience, raising critical funds for cancer research, support and prevention projects helping men, women and children. It's an honour to join such a great group of people genuinely striving to make a difference in the battle against this insidious disease. Many of you are receiving this update because you have so generously donated to a rider or support crew member and for this many thank you's!

So here we go...

Last night we all gathered at Tweed Heads for the team briefings and our first community dinner. The dinner was a super night and was held at Flame restaurant at the Outrigger Twin Towns Resort.

At the dinners each night we present our coloured category jerseys. These are treasured by the recipients and really stand out in the pelotons. For amazing performance leading into tour, the initial jerseys were present to: Pink (inspiration) Don Kennaugh, Yellow (attitude) Sally Heginbotham, Green (awareness) Cory Morris

This was a great honour to receive the green jersey and I wore it very proudly today!

Tour de Cure also present a local cancer project with $5,000 to go towards cancer research, prevention and care. Tonight’s cheque was handed to the Tweed Cancer Care and Haematology Unit. Sue and Kelly from the Haematology Unit spoke about the great work they are doing in the support and prevention area. The $5,000 will help fund and develop a comprehensive DVD/eBook for patients, families and carers to provide information about the services they provide in the unit and hospital.

A good night to all, but bring on tour tomorrow!

......the alarm goes off at 5:00am and I make my way to reception for our 5:30am briefings. It's dark and very early. I am riding with team Huawei. 5:45am and we saddle up to ride to Point Danger Lighthouse for breakie. The sun is shinning and we can tell it is going to be a fantastic day for a ride. The team stops at the border stone that marks out the QLD/NSW Boundary. The rivalry on tour is here to stay!

The first school visit for the day was St. Brigid's Primary School, Nerang. The kids gave us a true "rockstar" welcome as we rolled into the school gates. It was Team Huawei to gave the first Flipman presentation on tour and it was to 700 kids. We spoke about how to "Be Fit, Be Healthy & Be happy".

This school was amazing and very responsive to the Tour de Cure message. We then filled our bottles with water and started our next 30km to our lunch location in Canungra. 

After lunch we rode to the 87km point to our second school for the day, Beaudesert State School. Team Lexus took control of the stage and presented the Flipman message for 500 energetic kids. I sat amongst the kids on the floor during this presentation and helped them understand the "Be Fit, Be Healthy & Be Happy" message. A little boy who was sitting next to me reached into his pocket and handed a ten cent piece and told me that he would like to give it to Tour de Cure. It is these special moments on tour that you remember forever and help reinforce why we are part of this very inspirational group of people. 

We got on our bikes for our final leg to Boonah State School. Here we were greeted by kids, parents and teachers and were congratulated on the distance we had travelled for the day. With 135kms behind us, we had something to eat and drink and stretched our tender muscles before getting ready for our community dinner. 

Dinner tonight was hosted by two of our support crew, Lyn and Dick. Canadian Kitchens cooked an amazing roast dinner for us to refuel before tomorrow’s big day.

The $5,000 cheque was presented to the QLD Cancer Council. Angela Fisher (a volunteer) spoke about where  the funding from Tour de Cure is going. They will use this money to invest in sporting shade structures to lessen the percentage of UV exposure as well as increase activity.

We also heard from Michael Mcauliffe about some of the ways that Tour de Cure is utilising funds raised for the cancer research industry. These strategies that Tour de Cure have implemented really gave us a great insight into the way TdC has helped fund major breakthroughs in the fight against cancer.

I was surprised at dinner by my other Brother, Luke and his wife Kirstie showing up. It was great to see them and I look forward to sharing some more tour time with them in the future! ;)

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Well, today was a pretty tough day on the bike. The wind was hitting us head-on for most of the way and the weather was very hot. That being said, it was a great opener to the State of Origin Tour 2014! 

Its now 12pm and I need a good nights sleep. Talk to you tomorrow…