C4 Belts On Sale For TDC!

The last of the Australian stock for the C4 branded belts are going on sale to support me on my journey from Sydney to Hobart to raise money for Tour de Cure!

The C4 belts are: $15 per belt with the same colour buckle. $2 per extra buckles. $5 Postage per belt, no postage cost for buckles. Bulk orders will be quoted separately for postage. Free pickup or local delivery in Brisbane.

Colours available are: Black, White, Sky Blue, Navy Blue, Green, Olive Green, Lime Green, Pink, Hot Pink, Neon Orange, Dark Purple, Lavender, Yellow, Neon Yellow, Brown, Red, Maroon, Turquoise and Grey.

There is limited supply of these belts and buckles, so get in quick.

You can visit the link below to 'like' the C4 Belts Australia Facebook page:

C4 Belts Australia Facebook Page

To place an order, please send an email to: c4beltsaustralia@gmail.com

Please pass this information onto family and friends. Thanks for all your support!

And a MASSIVE thanks to C4 for helping me out!

Replay and Link to TV Special

If you missed the Tour de Cure TV special on Sunrise, it is going to be replayed on Sunday 12th January on 7Mate at 1pm.

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You can visit the link below to watch it online.

SUNRISE TV SPECIAL

It was an awesome production put together by the channel 7 crew and it brought back so many wonderful memories.

I cant wait to do it all again!

Watch The 2013 Channel 7 Wrap Up!

In April 2013, I rode from Adelaide to Canberra to raise money for cancer research and prevention through the Tour de Cure organisation.

On the 1st of January 2014 at 2pm, there will be a 1 hour TV special on Channel 7 (Sunrise), documenting this amazing trip.

This was a life changing journey for me and I would love for you to see what Tour de Cure is all about and why I continue to support and ride with them.

I cant wait to see it!

15 Weeks To Go!

Week 1 of training is done and only 15 weeks to go. Last week saw me ride 249kms with 3191m of climbing. Its only going to get tougher from here in. My mind says "lets get into it!", but my legs say, "please go easy!" Hopefully there will be a lot of photos from peaks of mountains for you to view on this site. That will mean that I at least made it to the top. :)

Last week I decided to familiarise myself with Mt Gravatt. Its not a very long climb, but its enough to make you wonder why you are climbing it... I know that if I keep it up regularly, it will become easier. The weather was also interesting through the week. This was one of my mornings 1km down the road from my house as I was on my way to work.

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Last weekend was also the Kangaroo Point Cycling Club’s annual Christmas break up ride. We met at Lota for a 50km ride that had a great turn-out from club members. The weather was perfect for a ride, followed by a BBQ breakfast in the park. I also got to meet and chat with some of our newer club members. Congratulations to all our award winners for this year and I look forward to a fantastic 2014 with the club!

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I also got back on the dirt! Felt good to be riding the trails again. Damo, Deon and Zac came for a 22km Sunday morning roll with me. I got to test out my new GoPro that Stephanie gave to me for my birthday. (It still needs to be positioned right) Ill upload some video when I get a good angle.

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On Thursday this week, we have our annual “Commuting World Championships” race up Mt Coot-tha. This is a “social race” amongst friends. Normally 4-5 people turn up for the event but this year we have around 20 people who have submitted their times for start position. It will be an interesting “race” this year and I look forward to a fun morning on the bike. Update and results to come.

Hervey Bay & Hills...

Thanks Hervey Bay. Straight from work on Thursday afternoon, I drove to Hervey Bay for Stephanie’s family Christmas weekend. A long weekend by the beach was going to be fantastic!

On Friday evening, Stephanie, Irene and myself went along to the local Urangan Twilight Markets. This is a small market beside the Urangan marina with only a handful of stalls.

There weren’t a lot of people that passed through, but we had a really good response and support from the locals who were there.

Thanks to Luke, from the hair dresser behind our stall. He was our first customer for the evening and was so wrapped with his belt purchase that he told other customers and his friends to check us out.

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Fraser Coast BUGs

I finally became a member of the Fraser Coast BUGs. (Bicycle Users Group) This a great group of people and I really enjoy riding with them and catching up over a coffee when I visit!

I had my single speed bike with me cause I was riding at the Friday night markets and I was looking forward to giving my new wheels a good run on the Saturday ride. This may not have been the best bike choice for the BUGs morning ride… They decided to do the most hilly ride I have been on in Hervey Bay… It was a great morning ride, with some light drizzle from the sky to keep us cool. 50kms all up. Strava Link

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As normal, after coffee, I met with Stephanie at a great café by the beach, Enzo’s. All of the family turned up for breakfast and as normal the view from our seats was beautiful.

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Hill training begins!

The time has come to start doing some serious hill preparation for the Signature Tour in March 2014.

I knocked off work yesterday, got on my bike for my commute home and found myself heading for the famous Mt Coot-tha… “Ouch, this is going to hurt!”

I haven’t tackled a decent climb a fair while now, so I knew I was in for bit of fun. The sun and the wind were out in force as I made my way towards the base of the mountain.

Clicking down the gears as I begin to climb, the memories and reasons of why I hate hill training was coming back to me pretty quickly…

The climb was tough, but I surprisingly felt pretty good most of the way up. With a time of 12mins & 4secs, I was happy with my effort. One minute off my PB, means I have plenty of room for improvement! Strava Link - Coot-tha

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Plenty of more hills to come in the next 3-4 months!

100th Blog Post! C4 Belts & Markets!

This is My 100th Blog Post!

Before joining Tour de Cure, there is no way I would have been 'blogging'... I had no intention or motivation of taking the time to write about updates on fundraising, day by day wrap-ups from Signature Tour, stories of my 'adventures' through the week or telling you about the wonderful people I have met through an amazing organisation and cause. Its been a great way to advertise and gain some extra support, but its also helped me and others re-live the things I have seen and done. So here is to many more blog posts in the future!

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Yesterday (24th November) was market day at  the local Rocklea discovery markets. I had not been to these markets before and I was going to try something different this time around.

I have been given some support by a local Aussie business owner. If you are after some funky clothing accessories, then have a look here:

www.branched.com.au

Unique timber watches and sunglasses that look amazing! I might have to look at getting some for myself!

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Branched Logo

I had a successful morning at the markets. I was doing the usual shaking of the donation tin as people walked by to collect some loose change donations.

I was selling TDC handballs to kids and dog owners. And I was also selling some of the “C4 Belts” that came from Jon at Branched.

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C4 Belts are;

Belts with buckles that are easily interchangeable.

Belts that can be cut to size to fit any waist.

Belts that do not fray or wear over time or get ruined by moisture.

Belts that are easy to clean and fully recyclable.

Belts that come in a beautiful colour range to match any outfit.

C4 Belts solve the problems of belts from the past.

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C4 Logo Colour

I have 19 different colours to choose from and 20 different coloured buckles to mix and match with your wardrobe.

I have supplied some of these belts to shops and individuals to help raise some money. If you would like to know how to purchase these belts and buckles, for personal use or for you business, please email me here: corystourdecure@gmail.com

All proceeds from the sale of these belts are going towards my fundraising tally for Tour de Cure.

Thank you very much to Jon at Branched for his support! I know Jon has also had to deal with cancer in his family and his generosity through these belts has been very much appreciated. All the money raised will go a long way in helping people fight this disease.

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C4 Belts - Markets 1

I met some lovely people in the market stalls around me on Sunday. A guy named Steve (who was advertising for his roof re-sealing company) was very supportive and interested in what I was doing. He came over for a chat while I was setting up in the morning and he bought a TDC handball and made a donation. Little did I know he was going to play with that handball for the rest of the morning in his stall and proceed to tell his own clients to go and buy one from me also… He convinced another 4 stall owners to purchase a handball and we were all bouncing them on the concrete together. It was a great bit of advertising and a bit of fun for everyone involved! It also made it very difficult for any family to walk past without having to purchase a ball for each of their children. :)

Steve told me about his travels in Tasmania and he wished me the best of luck for tour next year. He said he would be following along on this blog with interest and keeping tabs on me. If you are reading this Steve, thanks for a fun morning at the markets and I hope to run into you again sometime.

Over the weekend I made a fundraising profit of around $600 in total. My current Tour total for 2014 is now $3,800. Lets keep those donations coming in!

I have plenty more Belts to sell and I will hopefully be selling some more this weekend at the local Hervey Bay markets.

If you need a nice Christmas present for that person who has everything or is painful to buy for, drop me a line and get them a C4 Belt. They will love it!

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Chocolate Brownie!

As some of you know, I have been selling my Mum’s famous chocolate brownie at the local markets and in the Origin Energy office on Eagle Street. I need to make a special mention to a work colleague who has been purchasing this brownie on a regular basis.

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Darren from Origin has a regular order of 20 containers every 2 weeks, that he takes to his office of brownie hungry workers.

That’s 120 pieces of brownie! Id hate to think how many pieces they have gone through over the last few months…

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A massive thanks to Darren for helping me out!

And thank you to everyone who has been eating brownie and contributing to my fundraising!

I know TDC promote healthy eating, but we might have to make brownie an exception for the moment… :)

HUAWEI!

Tour de Cure have many sponsors. One of which is HUAWEI!

Huawei is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen.It is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world.

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A few of the 2014 Signature Tour Riders were invited to attend the launch for the Brisbane office.

Held at the Brisbane Museum, in the whale hall, was a presentation from the Director and CEO of Huawei. We had a couple of drinks and a bite to eat while we mingled with the other invitees and talking about what TDC are currently doing.

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Myself, Jodi, Peter and Paul had the pleasure of chatting with James the CEO of Huawei. We also got him to unbutton his jacket and have a nice friendly Aussie style photo with us. It was a great moment.

All in all it was a great evening.

Thanks to Geoff and Lisa for organising TDC members to be there.

Brisbane to Gold Coast Ride 2013

Sunday the 20th of October was the Brisbane to Gold Coast Bike Ride. Thousands of crazy people on bikes lined the Southbank Streets for a 5:15am start that morning.

I was running late to get out the door in the morning and I thought I was going to miss the meeting point and meeting time that I had arranged with my family.

It went from what was going to be a nice trundle into town, to an individual time trial for me to make it in time. A 30km average and I was still late by 3mins… It was a good warm-up for the morning.

I met with my Dad, Brother and Uncle for the start of the 100km ride and we would be picking my Sister up at the 40km mark along the route.

As the sun came out we turned off our blinky lights and prepared to tackle the road ahead.

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This was going to be the longest ride that my Dad has done since getting back on the bike and he was very much looking forward to the challenge.

The weather was perfect! A nice cool, gentle breeze kept us happy and there was no rain to be seen at all. We often have rain for this event, so it was a very welcome change.

I was looking out for some other TDC kits, but couldn't see any in the sea of 10,000+ people...

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The first section of the ride takes along the busway. This has to be the highlight of the ride. The road is super smooth and fast. It takes no effort to ride from start to finish and before you know it, you get spat out onto the service roads at Eight Mile Plains.

We saw lots of people on the side the road with flat tyres this year… We were very lucky and didn’t have a single problem in our group. (The family mechanic must have had all the bikes in peak condition leading up to this event) :P

At the first rest stop, we had a bite to eat and re-filled our water bottles. This was also the 40km mark and Jacinta (my Sister) would be starting her ride from here. With a quick bike tune-up, she was on her way.

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From this point Dad rode with Jacinta. Myself, Zac and my Uncle went ahead and pushed the pace up a little bit.

They had changed the course on us this year... Normally this ride is known to be a very flat 100km. This was not the case in 2013. The middle section of the ride had some nice pinch climbs thrown in to test a few people.

With the second rest stop in our sights, we only had about 20kms to go from this point. We refilled the water bottles and snacked on an ever famous Brisbane to Gold Coast fruit bun with a shot of honey to for a sugar hit. Delicious!

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Uncle Graham looked very happy as he pulled into the second rest stop. :)

We battled the headwinds as we got closer to the ocean and we could smell the finish line. Locals lined the Gold Coast streets, cheering us as we rode by. With the sand and water on our left hand side and the breeze hitting our faces, the scenery looked amazing. What a great way to start the day.

The Brisbane to Gold Coast brings out the “best” in the cycling community… Its always interesting to see some of the bikes people turn up on or the outfits people wear. It a common thing to hear someone say they had bought their bike last week, thinking it would be a great event to be part of. (Watch out for cheap bikes on eBay in the next couple of months) I overheard a guy turn to his mate, and in a surprised tone he said, “I even went for a couple of rides before today…”

We rolled through the finishing chute with crowds of people on both sides. There was music, food, and product stalls surrounding the finish area park lands. Stephanie and Mum were waiting eagerly on the finish line for some sweaty celebratory hugs from us. :)

Dad and Jacinta weren't too far behind. They had a great ride and i'm very proud of them for completing their first Brisbane to Gold Coast Bike Ride. They are now looking forward to next years event.

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I found a great place to park my bike while we waited.

On our way to the car we ran into some TDC people! I knew there would be some somewhere! Jamie, Renee and Lynda were chilling out on the grass. We stopped for a quick chat and post ride debrief before making a move to get back to Brisbane for a friends 30th birthday.

Congratulations to all who participated in the 2013 Brisbane to Gold Coast Bike Ride. It was once again a great event put on by Bicycle QLD and I look forward to participating in 2014.

2014 Signature Tour

I have had the great privilege of being accepted onto the Tour de Cure Signature Tour Team for 2014. In March 2014, we will be riding from Sydney to Hobart over 10 days. During this trip, we will be spreading the cancer awareness and prevention message to many children and adults along the way.

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Since being part of TDC, my reasons for riding and raising money for this cause has grown tremendously. The people I have met on my TDC journeys have been unbelievably inspirational and have given me the drive to really make a difference in the battle against this horrible disease that our society members face every day.

In 2013 I personally raised over $21,500 for Tour de Cure. The year 2014 will be no different!

I have pledged to raise at least $15,000 for the 2014 Signature Tour and I cannot do this alone.

If you would like to donate, you can click on the “DONATE” button at the top left of this page or click this link: Donate here.

If you know someone who may be interested in supporting me or read about what I am up to, please send them to my blog here: www.corystourdecure.com

If you own a business and would like to help spread the word about my future goals, please let me know. I have a lot of ideas and advertising bits and pieces that are looking for a place in the public eye.

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Thank you to everyone who have already been part of my TDC adventures.

Your support has been awesome and I really couldn’t have made it this far without you.

Stay tuned for news to come very shortly on my first fundraising feat, its going to be great!

Let the fundraising begin!

City Cycle Riders Flash Back!

I have had a few people ask me lately about the "City Cycle Riders".

If you dont know what I am referring to, Ill give you a run-down.

Back in 2011, a mate of mine (Danny) came to me with the "fantastic" idea. He proposed that we hire the Brisbane City Cycles and tackle Mt Coot-tha. Whilst I had ridden Mt Coot-tha many times before, the thought of riding a 25kg bike with 3 gears and "cruiser" style handlebars was a little off-putting. So we decided to go for it.

We recruited 2 others (Damo & Hamish) to attempt this challenge and we all met at the Roma City Cycle station and un-docked our speed machines and prepared ourselves for the morning ride. With fruit, water and a massive ham and cheese baguette hanging out of the basket on the front, we started our journey towards the mountain.

I wont lie, the City Cycles are not the greatest bikes to ride... The seats dont go high enough, the gears are not made for high speeds or steep hills and they are really, really heavy in the bike world. With all that being said, they do have automatic lights, a very handy basket and indestructible tyres.

The trip up Mt Coot-tha was tough! But we made it! Even better, we filmed it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo2-h32hgMc

After this video was posted on YouTube, we had a bit of interested from various organisations and individuals. We were a bit surprised that people took it so seriously. We were just having a bit of fun on the bike.

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City Cycle cootha summit

Some groups featured us on their websites and spread our video around. Bicycle QLD showed some real interest in what we had done and their Brisbane Coot-tha Challenge bike ride approached. They asked us if we were interested in riding in the Coot-tha challenge on the City Cycles. An 85km bike ride with the Gateway bridge and Mt Coot-tha to climb. Of course we said yes. (Still not sure why...) We had some radio interviews and Chanel 10 did a short story for the night time news.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddv-gU8rUCY

With our matching sponsored kits and plenty of fuel in our baskets we left the VIP starting area (we got some weird looks) and took on the Coot-tha challenge.

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Our team of four had not only now completed the back side of Mt Coot-tha, but we had also clocked faster times than nearly 200 other participants for the day. Here is a short video of our descent from the Coot-tha summit. This was the fun part!

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I have to say that this was one of the most fun descents I have done on a bike. The City Cycles corner nicely and are very hold to the ground well. Passing people on road bikes on the way down was a bit of fun. Hitting 86km/hr on a City Cycle was even better! :) After this ride we didnt really have plans to do any more City Cycle riding. The 85km day had really taken its toll on our bodies and we didnt want to re-live the pain we had endured.

So, the annual Brisbane to Gold Coast, 100km bike ride was coming up in October and I received a phone call from Bicycle QLD. Would we be interested in taking part in this event on our City Cycles? You guessed it, we said yes.

100km on the City Cycle, in the October heat was deffinately a hard day on the bike. It was stinking hot and it was hard to hold a good pace with such low gears. We had recruited two more riders for this event, Lucy and Rylie. BQ wanted us to "appeal" to a larger audience, so we needed to add some girls to the group.

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City Cycle Riders

The Brisbane to Gold Coast ride was complete!

All in all we had some fun times on these bikes and made some great memories along the way. If interested, there is a Facebook page for the City Cycle Riders here:

www.facebook.com/CityCycleRiders

There have been ideas tossed around about our next adventure but nothing has really happened for a while. You never know when we might decide to tackle another crazy event on these super awesome bikes!

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All in the name of fun! :)

Epic 2013 Wrap-up.

2013 Epic was always going to be a tough day on the bike for me. With a lot of time focused on riding the roadie for Tour de Cure, the MTB really didnt get much action this year for Epic training...

The weather looked good and temperature felt great first thing Sunday morning. There was no sign of rain on the radar at all.

With lack of rain lead-up to the race, the track was very dry, fast and dusty. This saw the record finishing time for the Elite's category being broken.

Stephanie and I jumped in the car around 6am and made our way to Spicers at Hiddenvale. I registered and collected my race number and Stephanie got some directions for pit stops.

With my number secured to my bike, I made my way towards the start line. There were people everywhere! 2100 entries for 2013. Thats a record turnout.

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Epic 2013

I slotted into my category (30-39yrs) and waited for our wave to be released onto the trails.

We had Robbie McEwan racing for the first time at the Epic. This was Robbies first ever MTB race and he didnt know what he was getting himself into... I also saw Adam on the start line. Adam had just returned form Timor. He had been riding MTB in a 4 day race over there and was now saddled up to race Epic only a week after... He has worked super hard to get where he is in the last couple of years and its been awesome to watch him build his skills become a fantastic rider. Proud of you mate!

Away we went! Congestion as normal as we funnel through the bottleneck at the starting gate and then out onto the open fire road. Everyone quickly sorts themselves out and gets into a comfortable pace to head into the first of the trails. There were so many people in the race this year, it was deffinitely congested in some areas. Along with the 35+ degree heat and the clouds of dust we were inhaling, there was a fair bit of "frustrated yelling" at other riders who were "holding up" the track.

I felt pretty good from the start and I new I had to keep my pace up if I wanted to finish in a certain time. There is a reason why the Epic is known for its climbing! I seem to forget this every year... Strava read 21% in some places and I would believe it! Those are the points I walked. You often see someone giving it a good crack to get to the top without stepping off, but not many make it the whole way. Kudos to those that do! Very impressive!

I made the first pit stop and grabbed a sandwich and water bottle from Stephanie to refuel. Lucky she had just been a TDC support crew member a few weeks earlier! :)

From that point the climbing started. The sun was beating down on us and we really had to keep our fluids up. I have never seen so many people lining the sides of the track with dehydration and cramps. I stopped at every water station along the way to top my bottles up. There was no way I wanted to get caught without water on the trail. Lollies and fruit was also located at each water stop and was much appreciated by all.

There were some brutal climbs and the descents on the other side were just as tough. Even with your brakes locked on, there was no way your bike was stopping on the way down. It was steep and loose on the surface.

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Thanks to ESI Sports Photography for being out there to support the event. Great to see Danny out there on the trails behind the camera.

I made it to the finish line of the 50km event. This is the point where the full Epic riders turn around and do another 37kms. Normally this would be me, but at this point my race was over... I have been cramping in my hamstrings for the last 10kms and couldnt bring myself to push on and cramp for another 37kms.

I was happy with my time to that point and with the way I rode. The tracks had been well maintained for this years event and were very fast to ride. Hayden Brooks and his team have a massive job to make sure the course is in good health and they had done a great job.

I got to see the Elite riders finish with a sprint finish to the line. 1st and 2nd place were split by half a second! The Epic record had been smashed also. I cant believe how much energy these guys had after 87kms in the sun at the pace they ride. Absolute machines!

I caught up with a couple riders who I rode with in the TDC QLD Country tour only a couple of weeks before. Paul and Peter both placed in their categories. Well done to both of you.

A successful weekend of MTB fun and I cant wait to do it all again next year! Bring on Epic 2014!

REID Cycles Raffle Winner!

As you know, I have been raffling off a Single Speed bike that was kindly donated to me by REID Cycles in Brisbane. www.reidcycles.com.au

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The bike was on display at Race Cafe, Fortitude Valley and tickets were also sold through the coffee shop. www.racecafeonline.com.au

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I returned to Brisbane on Saturday as the final day on tour and we decided to draw the raffle a day early and make it part of the official TdC proceedings at the tour finale lunch.

The person who was drawn from the hat was actually my mother in-law... So after calling her name out, I made an on the spot executive decision to quickly do a re-draw. :)

I am proud to announce the official winner of the REID Cycles Single Speed bike is: Jennifer Dunbar

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REID Bike Winner

Congratulations Jennifer! I hope you enjoy your new bike!

Thank you to everyone who supported this raffle. It was a very successful fundraising activity.

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QLD Country Tour Day 4 Wrap-up.

The final day on tour has now been and gone. The time on tour flew by, yet again and we had a blast! I got out of bed and got myself ready for the day that lay ahead. I donned the very special green jersey, green helmet, stripy cap and a pair of green glasses. It felt very special to have the honour of wearing the green jersey amongst the peleton today and also to share the road with Conor's parents. Another great TdC memory in the bank.

It was an early start this morning. We had 120kms to travel to get to our final destination, Brisbane. We had our breakfast, and said our fair-wells to Berlinda and Doug (our cooks on tour). These two lovely people did a wonderful job of making sure we had all the fuel we needed in our bellies each day. From breakfast, to morning tea, to lunch, to afternoon tea. It was delicious food! The whole team looked forward to stopping each day in a local park, or a school to see what amazing meal had been prepared from the back of their truck. A big thank you to Berlinda and Doug!

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We rolled out of Esk at 6:15am. We knew that we had to keep the pace up to make it on time to this afternoon's finale lunch. Our day was broken up into two 60km sections with a morning tea stop in the middle. The first 60kms went pretty quickly. It was a bit up and down, but we all worked together and kept a good pace. There were a lot of tired bodies on the bikes today and we all made sure that we were looking out for one another when encouragement was needed.

Our morning tea stop was at a football ground where some local teams were warming up before their Saturday morning game. We mingled with the parents and players on the sideline and handed out our famous spray-on sunscreen. Chicken and salad wraps and a variety of chocolate biscuits were on the menu, with a coke or a coffee to wash it all down.

I found Stephanie working away in the background, making sure that the route had been entered correctly into the Lexus's GPS and that she knew where we were riding to next.

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The behind the scenes work that the support crew do is unbelievable and very inspiring.

For the second leg of todays stage, we caught a barge! Our tour convoy reached the Moggill ferry and made our way across the Brisbane River. We were almost home! But there was one more obstacle to get through before we reached the finished line. Gap Creek Road was ahead of us! Gap Creek Road is a nice smooth road with 4-5 "lumps" along the way. Local road riding clubs liek to use this run for hill training... Our legs were burning, but we could smell the cold drinks and hugs from family and friends waiting for us at the finish line. With the TdC catchphrase "Yes I Can!" in all of our minds, we dug deep and tackled the climbs with no worries. From here, we started to hit a bit of Brisbane City traffic. The lead and rear cars did a great job of managing the traffic around us, so we were out of harms way. We entered the New Farm Parklands ring road and we knew we were on the home straight.

With the Queensland riders on the front of the peleton, we rolled into the crowd of family and friends who were awaiting our arrival. We stepped off our bikes and the congratulation hugs were shared all round. We were finished! What an amazing effort by the whole team to get everyone home safe. Well done TdC Team!

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My journey for the QLD Country Tour for 2013 has been very special. I have now ridden in parts of my home state that I have never ridden before. I have met some amazing adults and children in locals communities along the way who have inspired me to continue working hard and to bring those dollars in for TdC. for this tour I raised over $5000 to help fight the horrible disease that is ruining the lives of so many people and I have made many new friendships that im sure will last a lifetime. The people that I had the pleasure of riding with in this tour have been awesome. I am very proud to have been able to share this experience with such a fantastic group of people.

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Many thanks goes to the organisers of this tour, Geoff, Samantha and Victor. I cant thank you enough for having Stephanie and I along to join in the fun. I cant wait to do it all again with you soon!

Strava stats, lots of photos, Raffle prize winner and much more to come in the coming updates. Thanks for all the support you have given Stephanie and I over the last week, It really boosted us along and got us home. Good night everyone!

QLD Country Tour Day 3 Wrap-up.

As the sun started to rise, the thick fog became visible over the roads ahead. We ate breakfast as normal prepared by our wonderful traveling cooks before our team briefing for what lay ahead of us for the day. This was going to be our longest day on tour and it meant another very hot, exhausting day in the sun. We had 5kms to warm the legs up before we reached the start line for the TTT (Team Time Trial). 20kms of mostly flat road with a "small" bump in the middle was the TTT course we would be tackling. All teams lined up ready to be released at 30sec. intervals. Team Officeworks (thats mine and Stephanie's team) got ready for our run. There are 3 riders in our cosy team of 5. We new we had our work cut our for us against the bigger teams on tour. We left the line with Paul out front who set a nice steady pace to get us moving. Paul and I shared the front, switching between the 2 of us, with Jodi doing her fair share of work also. We caught the team in front and powered by them just before the climb. At the climb the 2 teams merged and became 1 for a minute until we sorted it out over the other side of the hill. We were all soon caught by the stronger Lexus team and we tried to hang onto them to the finish line, but they were too strong. Im very proud of the Officeworks guys, we gave it a really good crack and did a great job for a 3 member team. Well done guys!

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From here we still had about 135kms to go for the day. It was going to be a long day in the saddle. We stopped to refuel and take off the no longer needed wind vests etc. The sun was almost out and it was going to be a beautiful day.

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There is a group of people on the TdC tour team that we could not be without! Its the support crew.

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Without this fantastic group of dedicated people, we would not be riding. Behind the scenes, this group works tirelessly to make sure the riders have everything they need to get them through the day. They fill our water bottles at stops, they offer us lollies and sunscreen, they set-up the school visits before we roll in to see the kids and much, much, much more. One day I will join this team on a tour and find out just how hard the job is. Im sure it can be just as hard, if not harder than what the riders have to do day after day. A massive thank you to the support crew!

We had a very special school visit today at a primary school in Grantham. This school was heavily effected by the recent floods in damage and in loss of life. This school is still in the process of rebuilding itself. We had the great privilege of meeting the children who attend this school and giving one of the most rewarding presentations yet. (Sadly my phone didnt allow me to take photos at this point, but ill get some TdC ones and post them up here.) We sat amongst the kids and helped to spread our Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy message. This very generous school had done some fundraising for Tour de Cure in the lead-up to us arriving and presented it to the team. TdC in return gave the school and iPad and each child received the usual "TdC Kids Pack" and a TdC handball each. It was great to see the smiles on the faces of the students, teachers and parents. You couldn't imagine that this school was going through such a tough time. (Another memory banked, as to why I am driven to ride for TdC.)

Lunch time! I also tried to take a snap of the meal I had for lunch, it was delicious! Carbonara pasta, slow cooked lamb roast, roast potatoes, salad and fresh warm bread. Just when we thought it couldnt get better, out came a tray of chocolate/banana pudding with cream and chocolate sauce. Twas very, very tasty! I was very, very full...

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From lunch, there was about 60kms to go until we hit our final destination for the day in Esk. I sat up in the front 6 for most of the morning and was shattered by this stage. I had a great time on the front today and battled some pretty fierce headwinds... I really enjoyed sharing the front with our very talented mechanic, Alex. Hes and amazing cyclist and I got to share some great sections of road with him on the bike. (Alex pictured eating pudding above)

After lunch, my strategy changed slightly... My legs were telling me to ease up (or maybe even "why are you doing this?") so snuck myself into the middle of the peleton for the run home. There were many sore bodies towards the end of the ride, but we looked after each other and got everyone home safe. 160kms with an average of 28kms/hr. Everyone was very happy with the results considering how much the wind was trying to hold us back.

We stopped at a local school to say hi to some of the students, parents and teachers. The P&C from the school and prepared a massive spread of sandwiches, cheese and crackers, cakes, slices, biscuits and more. It was just what we needed to finish the afternoon off. We then made our way to the hotel to clean up and get ready for dinner.

Tonights dinner was very special in many ways. We got to hear some very personal and touching stories from some the team members on tour with us. These stories really hit home why we are doing what we are doing and also shows that the support TdC give is having a massive positive effect many people and communities. I am very honoured to be a part of such an amazing organisation. Another reason tonights dinner was very special for me, was the fact that I was awarded a 'category jersey'. On country tour, we have 3 category jerseys that are awarded to team members (or even local community members) for portraying one of the 3 TdC qualities these jersey represent.

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Tonight I was awarded the Green Jersey. This jersey represents "Awareness". The colour green goes along with the green ribbons we have been wearing all tour in remembrance for Conor. This blog has been a great way for me to help create some awareness and without my followers it wouldn't serve much purpose. So, thank you for reading and passing it onto others to do the same. It is really inspiring to know that I have a group of family and friends who are backing me on my journey. I will wear the green kit with pride tomorrow, knowing you are all there with me for my run home.

Tomorrow we ride 118kms into Brisbane to see family and friends for our final day of tour.

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Pictured above is Geoff (a founder of TdC) and myself climbing Cunninghams Gap yesterday. Great memories from tour that will last forever. (Photo taken by Stephanie from the window of her support vehicle.)

QLD Country Tour Day 2 Wrap-up.

With full bellies of bacon, eggs, sausages, fried toast, cereal, fruit, yogurt, coffee and juice, we left Beaudesert towards Warwick. Our first stop for the day was at Kalbar state primary school about 50kms from away. As usual, the kids lined our entrance and welcomed us as we rolled through the gates. Team Lexus presented to the school about our Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy message and we had a fantastic reception from everyone listening. The Prep classes at the school had prepared us gifts to help us on our journey with some letters of encouragement and some honey shotz to help us up Cunninghams Gap after our visit.

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It was a awesome experience and it gave us some extra drive and reinforcement for why we are here.

Another 50kms on the road before lunch and it was really starting to heat up by this time. It was about 15kms from the school to the bottom of Cunninghams Gap. The road we took was brilliant. A great job by the TdC scouts to take us that way. It was a nice smooth, wide road with plenty of room for the trucks and traffic to pass us by safely. With a consistent 8% rise, we had soon strung out up the road. I found myself towards the rear of group, but I felt pretty good at the same time, not worried about making the climb. Geoff sat with me for most of the ascent, it was a great time to catch up for chat as we edged closer to the top. The sun was really beating down on us today. I drank 1.5 bottles of water on the way up and the other half went on the back of my neck and down my back to keep me cool. The whole time we were climbing, the support vehicle (Stephanie and Marg) did a great job of keeping us motivated as they continuously circled from top to bottom, ringing cow bells and offering us lollies out of the car windows. Stephanie snapped away behind the camera to capture the many "smiling" faces as we danced our way to the top. Like normal, once you get to the top of a climb, you get to go down the other side! Boy do I like a descent! quickly moving to the front of the group, Geoff and I tag teamed along the exit to hold a nice quick pace until we re-grouped and motored our way to our lunch spot.

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What was on the menu, you might ask? BBQ pork! Yum!!!

Now with only 30kms to go until we reached Warwick and our final school visit for the day, the pace was lifted and we averaged 32kms/hr for our run into town. We were running a tad late for the school we were visiting, so the support had done the presentation before we arrived. We did however get to ride straight into the school hall, where we were welcomed by 200 cheering kids. The feeling is incredible. We stood up on stage and ran a question and answer session with the school. Every school visit we do is always different, even if its something small. The question we were being asked by the kids in Warwick blew us away. They were fantastic! It showed me how much these young minds take in and how much of an influence we can have on their future. So getting the correct message across is very important.

It was time for us to leave the school and make our way to our accommodation for the night. A bit of light stretching, a protein shake and quick waste deep dip in the FREEZING cold hotel pool helped us feel nice a fresh after our long day in the sun.

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Dinner at the Warwick pub was delicious. Pasta and salad entree, steak or salmon with veggies for mains followed by cheese cake or sponge cake for desert. We had a trivia competition during the night and I can proudly say I was a member of the winning team. We also had a coin tossing competition, in which I managed to win myself a bottle Bundy Rum. I think ill have to crack it open for celebratory drink back in Brisbane. With a very fully stomach and our team chores down for the night, its time to turn in and get some sleep. We have our longest tour day tomorrow with a TTT (Team Time Trial) thrown in for a bit of fun. My team (Officeworks) have the least number of riders, so we are going to have our work cut out for us to win against the bigger teams. We will do great!

Before I finish, I have to say Happy Birthday to my Sister Jacinta!

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Stephanie and I are sorry we couldnt make dinner, but we cant wait to see you back home when we arrive on Saturday. Hope you had an awesome day! Save us some cake! :)

Thanks to everyone for all the kind words via sms, blog comments, email and phone calls. We really couldnt do it without you and we are very happy to have such a great bunch of people behind us all the way. Be sure to subscribe to this blog on the lefthand side of the page and feel free to forward the link onto anyone you think may be interested in a having a read.

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Good night to all and stay tuned for tomorrows wrap-up for day 3 of the QLD Country Tour.

QLD Country Tour Day 1 Wrap-up.

Day 1 has finally arrived. Breakfast was served nice and early as normal for tour. Ham and egg rolls, fresh fruit salad and yogurt to name a few things. Definitely woke me up a bit to bring me into reality. As a lot of you know, Im not a morning person! Nothing changes on tour... :)We rolled out from the Gold Coast and made our way down the road to our first school visit. The kids were great! They welcomed us with high fives as we rode through the school gates and made us feel like rock stars. We parked our bikes, took off our cycling shoes and ran around with kids, playing handball and kicking a footy. It was great fun and an awesome way to start the day and the tour. Our first Stickman school presentation was done here and then we were off to tackle the dreaded climb that awaited us.

There isn't a lot I can say, other than, "That was one tough climb!" I have only climber Tambourine one way, and that wasnt it... I now know why. The sun was beating down, and the tarmac just kept going up. We can to signs along the way that told us there was a percentage change ahead. 12%, then, 13%, then 15%... It was not very forgiving at all. I have to say that it was one of the hardest days I have had on the bike for a while. Reaching the top was a relief and a great feeling of achievement. Very happy to fill my water bottles that I depleted on the way up the mountain and serve myself a nice plate of food from the catering truck. Lunch was sensation with pasta, chicken, salad, veggies and apple crumble for something sweet.

It was a nice surprise to see another familiar face turn up this morning to join the first day of riding. For all the race car fans, guess who?

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It was great to have V8 Super car driver Jonathan Webb in the peleton once again. I rode with Jono on Signature Tour earlier in the year and it was great to share front of the peleton with him as we left his local riding ground this morning. A top bloke and I hope to share the road with you again mate.

Another highlight of the day was riding along side a great QLD mate. Another like minded, cycling fan who was fantastic to have along for the ride today. A massive effort also for his fund raising contributions to TdC with over $1700 raised. Congratulations mate for a job well done and awesome riding today.

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Thanks to Deon for taking the time off work and away from his family Laura, Grace & Zac to join Stephanie and I on our mini adventure.

It was a bit of a slower trip to our final destination. With about 35kms to go, we had many sore sets of legs. With a few mechanical issues etc. at the back of the group, the pace was dropped for our run home. The protein shakes were ready for us when we arrived a the motel and a shower was welcomed with open arms.

Dinner was delicious at the local pub and they have Bulmers Cider on tap! That made my night. With my bike parked up against my bed after the long, hot 110kms today, im just about ready to turn in also.

Tomorrow we make our way to Warwick, through Cunninghams Gap. A bit more climbing to go yet... :) Good night.

Good Night To All...

Its been a long day, but a day that I have been very much looking forward to over the last few months. I walked out of my office at 2:30pm and jumped in the car with Stephanie to meet the rest of the QLD Country Tour Team members at the Gold Coast for a meal and a drink before we start our 4 day journey tomorrow morning. There are some familiar faces amongst the group of riders and support crew from my previous tour this year, and there are plenty of new people to get to know over the coming km's on the road. Im and very happy to have a great mate Deon who is joining me for the first leg of tour tomorrow. He has been great support since I joined TdC and I really look forward to adding a 'few' more km's to our times on the bike together.

Stephanie seems to have settled in to the support crew role with no worries. They are a great bunch of people, and without them these tours would not happen. Im so proud of her taking on this role within the TdC tour group and I really look forward to spending the next 4 days with her and sharing some really special moments on tour with her this time.

Tomorrow we are tackling Mt Tambourine. Its a beautiful climb through the forest and the descent on the other side and the view at the top is very much worth the climb to the top. We will also be wearing a green ribbon around our wrist. This has become a QLD country tour tradition in memory of a very special boy (Connor) who lost the battle with cancer last year. I have the great privilege of riding with both of Connor's parents over the next 4 days as they participate in this years tour.

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Our green ribbon's will remind us of the reasons we are riding and supporting TdC. I know Stephanie has a few family members who she has in the back of her mind as motivation for this tour and I will see my Dad in the morning as we prepare to make our way from the Gold Coast and back into Brisbane over a lumpy 550kms.

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Ive been fed, Ive had a cider at the bar, Ive filled my water bottles for tomorrow and I have know entered my first blog post for this tour. I am all ready for a good night sleep! I cant wait to see what tomorrows adventure has in store for us. Talk to you tomorrow. Good night to all.

Weekend wrap-up. Thanks to the bakers!

Sunday 18th August saw Stephanie and I at the local markets to try and bring in the last of our fundraising for QLD Country Tour.

Along with the help from our families, we managed to bring in $700 to add towards our TdC tallies.

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We sold, macaroons, fudge brownie, chocolate spiders, banana bread, date loaf, sultana cake, jam drops, chocolate cornflake biscuits, cupcakes and hedgehog slice.

There were only a few pieces of brownie left over from the mornings sales. It was a huge success!

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We also sold some TdC branded handballs and raffle tickets for the REID Cycles Single speed bike.

(There are still tickets available if you are quick.)

A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ALL THE LADIES WHO DONATED SOME BAKING FOR US TO SELL!

We could NOT have done it without you.

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THANK YOU on speech bubble price labels

We had a hard time resisting the temptation to eat the profits… :)

With less than 1 week until we leave on tour, we are getting very excited!

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