State of Origin Tour Day 4 – Casino to Broadbeach - 153km


It was another early morning again today. We got ready and had a quick
breakfast before rolling out at 5:45. We rode our first 30km to a park
where we stopped for a proper breakfast. Heading off from here there
were quite a few clouds around. The forecast was for rain today and
everyone had their fingers crossed that it would hold off. We had a
couple of reasonably long climbs today. Thankfully they weren’t nearly
as steep as what we rode on day 2. Once we had ridden up, we got to go
down the other side and this was the fun part.  We made a quick
comfort stop for everyone to fill bottles and take off some of the
warm gear we had been wearing.

Zac, Cory and Rob climbing

Zac, Cory and Rob climbing


Zac descending

Zac descending

Our lunch stop was 100km in at Budd Park overlooking the water. We
enjoyed some great steak sandwiches, sausages and salad before getting
back on the bike for our final 53km stretch into Broadbeach. Not far
out from lunch we hit a patch of rain. Luckily it didn’t last too long
and we dried out quickly. There were a lot of downhill sections into
the finish, which made the last push much easier. We stopped on the
side of the road to get a photo of the cyclists overlooking the Gold
Coast.

I got to ride into the finish side by side with Cory. He was a great
support and was constantly looking out for me on tour. It wasn’t just
me, I know he helped out a lot of the cyclists throughout tour ~ he
even gave a few of us a gentle push to get back onto the group when we
needed it.

I’m so proud to be part of such a great and close family and that I
got to share this tour with all of them. As well as having Cory on the
bike, Dad and my sister Jacinta did a terrific job as part of the
support crew. Amongst many other things they were the drivers for the
lead and rear vehicles. We also had Mum on the side of the road in
many spots cheering all the riders and team on. This was especially
motivating on some of the soul-destroying climbs. It was also very
nice to have my other brother Luke and his wife Kirstie join us at one
of the dinners and Luke and my other sister-in-law Stephanie at the
finish, even though they couldn’t be on tour. Special mention to the
newest member of our family, Alex Dahdah. He was the only non-Morris
on the Huawei team but he became part of the family overnight and fit
in very well. It was a pleasure to get to know and share the tour
experience with him.



The whole tour team really became a close family over the four days
and after we all rolled in and got off our bikes it was hugs and
congratulations all around. It was a great feeling to have everyone
make it in safely. We had our final team function and the overall
category jerseys were awarded. I had the chance to get to know the
three guys who won them quite well over tour and they were very
deserving recipients. Sadly it’s back to real life now but I’m
positive that I will be back for another tour in the future.

A few stats from tour if you are interested:
I rode 520km, climbed 6440m elevation, spent 21 hours in the saddle, burnt just under 12000 calories and presented the TdC message to over 2000 Children over the four days.