2015 Signature Tour Day 5 - Mt Gambier to Coonawarra

A first for Tour de Cure will be a looped course today. We rode form Mt Gambier, out to Coonawarra and back again. Its a 100km round trip and we also threw in a Team Time Trial for a bit of fun. Breakfast was at Blue Lake this morning. A beautiful spot overlooking a lake in South Australia that has formed in a volcanic crater.

At breakfast there was a lot of team chatter about strategy for the team time trial that was halfway through our day. The team time trial was an 8km flat course where each team works together to ride the fastest time over that distance. The time is taken when the last rider from each team crosses the finish line, so its very advantageous to work as a team and not leave anyone behind.

Our Bisley team (as pictured above) did a fantastic job today. Our only female rider (Dana) was a bit unsure about riding with us, but we convinced her that we needed her help. She did a stella job and she had a blast doing it! At the end of the day, its all for a bit of fun. We will find out the results in Melbourne.

We then had to ride another 50kms to get to our school visit at Reidy Park Primary School in Mt Gambier. This was a school of about 700 students and they were very excited to see us!

We presented the “Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy” message to the kids and had a great time chatting and finding out what they had been up to. Cathy (another rider) and myself had our picture taken for the local newspaper with some students and then it was back on the bike for our final run to the hotel. There was a bit of down time when we returned and that gave us a chance to catch up on some things like bike maintenance and calling loved ones back home. We get caught up in the things that are going on around us on tour and its very easy to loose track of reality sometimes. 

Busses then came by our hotels to pick us up and take us to lunch. This was a community lunch today, something that has not happened on tour before. We were done with the bikes before midday and it was time to unwind before our biggest day of 215kms tomorrow. We were transferred to the Rymill winery in Coonawarra for lunch and the scenery on the way there was just stunning. Fields and fields of vineyards as far as you could see.

When we arrived we were treated with a delicious lunch box off lamb sliders, cheese, crackers, olives, salami and a cup of warm pumpkin soup. It was a great way to end a morning ride. 

After we had all filled up on delicious food, Geoff (one of the Tour de Cure founders) had a special announcement to make. Tour de Cure had helped fund a lot of cancer support and prevention projects over the years. They have also helped fund some significant breakthroughs in the fight to find a cure. So to help celebrate this milestone, Geoff gifted us with a commemorative jersey that we will all be wearing tomorrow as we ride through the country side. They look awesome and ill post a photo in tomorrows blog post for you. 

Thanks to all the supporters out there, because without you, Tour de Cure would not have been able to hit their fundraising targets and milestones as they have done over the past 9 years. Thank You!!!