24 August 2013
Amateur cyclists will have the chance to live life like a pro-tour rider at January’s Santos Tour Down Under thanks to an initiative between the State Government and Cancer Council SA.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the inaugural Beat Cancer Tour will see a limited number of cyclists ride every stage of the Santos Tour Down Under ahead of the professional riders.
The full pro-tour experience will extend to accommodation at the Hilton Adelaide with the professionals, all meals and nutrition, a mechanics workshop in the village to service the bikes, a full team kit and medical support.
“The Beat Cancer Tour offers cyclists the true pro experience and what better way to experience what South Australia has to offer. We expect to receive participant interest from across the country,” Mr Bignell said.
“Riders will take on every stage of the Santos Tour Down Under ahead of the pros, will enjoy the same hospitality and will have access to full mechanical support throughout the Tour.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson said that the organisation was delighted to be on board with this unique opportunity.
“We are extremely excited to be part of this new event, which will see 30 passionate cyclists showing an enormous amount of commitment and courage in their efforts to help beat cancer.
“The Beat Cancer Tour will allow people from across the country to explore our wonderful state while at the same time making a real difference to the lives of the approximately 300 Australians who are diagnosed with cancer every day.”
Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur urged experienced cyclists who had always dreamt of being a World-Tour cyclist to register their interest.
“This is as close as it gets for cyclists to experience a week on the pro-tour,” Mr Turtur said.
“Not only do cyclists have the opportunity to ride the course on the morning before the professionals, but they also get the complete off-road experience.”
The Beat Cancer Project is a strategic cancer research partnership with SA Health, Cancer Council SA and soon to be completed South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
To be eligible for one of the 30 positions, participants need to contribute a total of $16,500 including a $1000 registration fee, a $3,500 donation and $12,000 fundraised.
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