Lakes Entrance to Sale – 145kms
5am and its time to get up! In my sleepy state, I had 30mins to get ready and make my way to breakfast. We loaded our luggage into the truck and rode a kilometer down the road to our lovely Canadian Kitchens catering truck for breakfast. (More on them in another blog) A bacon and egg toasted sandwich certainly did the job before we rolled out on our first section of the day. We needed to start early this morning so we could get to James Tobin’s weekend Sunrise live cross that was 40kms away.
An essential part of the Tour! We have the support of Vitoria Coffee (one of TdC’s sponsors) in the form of a coffee van that follows us each day. The coffee boys start with serving coffee at breakfast, then they serve coffee at morning tea, then they serve coffee at lunch, then afternoon tea for another serving and finally they can have a rest before doing it all over again the next day. They do an incredible job. Fuelling 150 people each day is no easy task. Hats off to you boys! See you in the morning for a Piccolo.
The temperature this morning was a world of difference. We didn’t need to wear snow jackets, which is always a nice thing while riding a bike. Coming from QLD and training in 30-40 degree heat just doesn’t prepare us for the real temperatures that we face on Tour. There was also talk that we might get hit with some rain on our travels, but we just missed it with only a few drops here and there, so we were safe for today.
Last night at dinner, I met up with a familiar face. In 2014, I was the lead car driver for the Victorian Country Tour and Daniel was a rider. I got to know Daniel and a few other fantastic people (who are with us this year on Tour). He is a really top guy and I can’t wait to go for a role with him sometime. But, there is no way ill be chasing him up any hills. Great to see you mate!
My legs were feeling pretty good this morning, which was lucky. I sat in the engine room all day to help keep pace and pull the peloton along. It was a great day on the bike, but I’m pretty tired now. We will see how the legs feel in the morning.
Before arriving at our destination today, we had a corporate visit to do. As part of giving back to our sponsors, we make sure that we go and visit them in the towns that we stop in. I’m in team Woolworths (a major sponsor for Tour) and the local Woolies store has been supporting us during the lead-up to our arrival in Sale. Its so nice to be welcomed by strangers in such a way that you really do feel like royalty. I’m not saying that we are anything close to that status, but we really are spoilt in the treatment we receive from the places we visit. It’s amazing!
Tomorrow is a shorter day with only 120kms to ride. We have a very special breakfast location at the RAAF Base down the road. Also, in the afternoon, we are visiting a family fun day with 3000+ people who we will mingle with and spread the Tour de Cure love.
Along with the Strava data on the right hand side of this page, you can also view a short visual video that I will link in the daily blog from now on. It helps put into perspective the kind of distance that we are covering each day of Tour.
Day One – Hotham to Lakes Entrance: https://www.relive.cc/view/913146480
Day Two – Lakes Entrance to Sale: https://www.relive.cc/view/913146459