Launceston to St Helens – 165kms – 2500m elevation
Huge day on the bike, but so many memories made in the mountains.
Last night at dinner we heard from a local Dad who described the terrible moment that their family life derailed and changed forever when his youngest daughter was diagnosed with cancer. No one is ever prepared to hear the news that their child has a life-threatening illness. He thanked the team for their support of programs like Camp Quality, which give kids a chance to run, play and laugh away from the darkness that they are going through. Last nights $10,000 cheque was donated to the local Camp Quality centre. A very deserving organisation and the money will be put to great use for families battling this disease.
James Tobin interviewed 17 times Tour de France rider, Jens Voigt, about his time in the pro peloton. Jens had an amazing career as a professional cyclist and was known for his unique style of racing and his catchphrase, “Shut up legs!” We would be needing that phrase for day seven… Jens is committed to and passionate about what Tour de Cure are doing. He has his reasons, just like all of us and he sees that Tour de Cure are doing a fantastic job in getting closer to finding a cure. I cant wait to see Jens on many more tours to come!
The head of the Tour de Cure board also got up to make an announcement. Commemorative Tour jerseys to celebrate the news that Tour de Cure had reached an incredible 30 million dollars raised milestone were handed out for the team to wear on day seven. Its amazing to think that Tour de Cure have only been running for eleven years now. What a massive achievement in that time.
Today’s stage started with a VERY steep climb out of Launceston at 29%... For the 165kms we had ahead of us, there was a lot of climbing to be done. The Tassie scenery was sensational and helped to ease the pain in our legs as we climbed more an more hills throughout the day. The team members that formed our peloton today were on fire. We were ahead of schedule at every stop, which is un-heard of on Tour.
Most people know that I have a love / hate relationship with hills. For some reason, the hilly days on Tour turn out to be some of my best days on a bike. The true meaning of “team” comes out on days like this. We don’t leave anyone behind, we make sure everyone is looked after and we make sure everyone is having a good time, even if there is pain involved. The way a group of 30 people on bikes can roll though the terrain as one is a feeling like no other.
All up, the day was tough and our bodies were tired and sore as we finished in St Helens. As we debriefed with the team, it dawned on me that there are only 2 days left. Where has the time gone?! The last seven days are a blur and we are so close to Hobart now.
Tomorrow’s stage is a little lighter on the hills than today’s was. Its only 120kms with 1400m of elevation.
Day 7 - Live Track Mapping: https://www.relive.cc/view/920272005