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The Entoure Cycle events are fast becoming the premier cycle event for both experienced and semi experienced cyclists and a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a special cause. The Clown Doctors Ride for a Smile Southern Highlands event will take place March 6 to 8, 2015.

The ride will take in the iconic towns of Wollongong, Robertson, Bowal, Fitzroy Falls and much more and give riders challenges only found in the wonders of the Southern Highlands. Riders will cycle around 250 k over 2 days and for the first time will be bused to and from the event venue in the Highlands.

Places are limited to 50 riders so register quickly.

To get a feel for what you are in for, watch a video from the 2014 Southern Highlands tour.


What you must know

Register

Registrations will open soon.

Details

When: March 6, 7 and 8 2015
Where: Southern Highlands Cost: $495 Triple Share
Start and Finish: Sydney CBA … Exact location TBA

Inclusions

2 Nights accommodation Friday and Saturday Nights (triple share)
Breakfast and lunches (not including Lunch Sat)
On road fuel, Electrolyte drink, Gels and Bars
Mechanical support (mechanical parts on a user pay basis)
Massage therapists (user pay basis $30 for 30 minutes)
Returned bus trip

Terms and Conditions

Before registering for our events, riders need to commit to doing a couple of things:

  1. be registered with Bicycle NSW (or it’s equivilent), Click here to register online.
  2. be fit and healthy,
  3. have a road bike (no hybrids allowed),
  4. fit and experienced enough to participate in the event safely, and
  5. agree to the fundraising terms of the event.

Check out our Fundraising Tips and what people have done that has worked previously.

Fundraising Expectations

We are looking for riders to create teams and to fundraise for the Clown Doctors. Whilst we don’t set fundraising targets the expectation and ethos of our events is that riders and teams will fundraise as much as they can for this great cause.

Rider Rules and Safety

Riders need to follow some basic rules when participating in our events. These rules are designed to keep our participants safe. Click here for more information about rider rules and safety.

Routes

The routes are still being worked through however take a look at last years routes below to get a feel for the event. We will post 2015 routes shortly.

2014 Routes

Day One will take riders from the outskirts of Sydney down through the National Park via Audley and then out near the Gong and onto the highlands via the infamous Macquarie Pass. Total distance for this day is around 160 k with the Robertson Cheese Factory being the destination for lunch.

Day Two is a loop around Robertson which will take riders through some of the best country side the Southern Highlands has to offer. Total distance for this day is around 92 k. Subject to rider need a small dirt section is also on offer and we will decide this closer to the event and subject to rider wishes. Some love it … Some hate it … if we proceed with any dirt it will be optional. On completion of this day we will head to a secret location for a long lunch.

Pelotons

Riders will be split into a variety of pelotons based on rider experience & speed. All riders will be allocated into these pelotons prior to the event. It will be important for all riders to chat with their team captains and nominate a preference prior to allocation. Riders can swap pelotons throughout the tour but not throughout the day as the intention will be to keep the pelotons separate in order to limit road congestion.

Qualification

All riders must qualify to participate in this event and have reached a level equal to or in-excess of C Grade vet and we will contact all riders individually on receipt of their registration form to discuss the pre event qualification process in more detail. The purpose of this qualification is to ensure riders can ride safely at a collective pace without getting dropped or requiring the sad wagon.

Pace

The pace will be steady and safety will be a priority. Riders will once again compete for a series of competition jerseys and we will provide details in regards to the jerseys and how they can be won, closer to the event.

Competition Jerseys / Medals

Whilst it is not a race, some organised challenges will occur and a detailed briefing will be held throughout the event. In short, the competition sections will include:

  1. Yellow Section - Winners Jersey
  2. Green Section - Winners Jersey
  3. Polka Dot - Winners Jersey
  4. Team TIme Trail Medals

Riders will not be allowed to win more than one jersey and we will provide more detail on this closer to the event.

Support

The  pelotons will be fully supported with lead and rear vehicles, mechanics, massage therapists and doctors. Water, electrolyte powder, carbo shots, bananas and sun cream will be available as required. Riders requiring mechanical parts will purchase on a needs basis from the mechanics.

Massage Therapists

Subject to availability Massage Therapists will be available throughout the event at a cost of $30 for 30 minutes. Riders will be advised of the booking process at the event and are encouraged to utilise the therapists to release unwanted aches and pains. Why get a massage ?

Clothing

For team kit, contact us and we will help you with your designs. Minimum quantities apply.

Accommodation

We will be staying at Springs Resort Mittagong RSL Motel (4 Star) in triple share.

Flights

No flights planned for this tour. Riders are to arrange their own flights.

Meals

Under a revised pricing model, the only meals included are Friday lunch and breakfasts each day. All other meals are on a users paid basis. Riders with special food requirements should let us know at registration.

Training

Training requirements differ from rider to rider however, we have put together a training program based on a 14 week lead period. We have also provided riders with some information on health and wellness together with a few tips when it comes to Urologists designed bike seats. Click here for information about our health tips, training rides and training program.

Riders Factsheet

A brief snap shot of the event will be available for download here prior to the ride.

The Clown Doctors Ride for a Smile 2013 was held the weekend of November 15 to 17.

4 corporate teams, 60 riders, cycled 350 k over 3 days in support of the Clown Doctors and raised a staggering $150,000. Funds raised from the event will fund 6 Clown Doctors 3 days a week for an entire year at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

A special thank you to Team Aurizon, Bank of Queensland, AE Smith and Ostwalds and also to our fabulous sponsors CSG, Galibier Partners, Alliance Airlines, Shell, Aurizon, Powerade and Hyundai … without their support our event would never get off the ground.

Take a look below of a small video that highlights some of the achievements of the ride and those who made it all happen and visit the entoure Gallery for more images of the event.

Clown Doctors

Ride for a Smile Kingscliff 2014

The Entoure Cycle events are fast becoming the premier cycle event for both experienced and semi experienced cyclists. The Clown Doctors Ride for a Smile Kingscliff 2014 will be held November 7 to 9 in support of the Clown Doctors program. In 2013 we had 4 Corporate teams, 60 riders, and raised $150,000 for the Clown Doctors and we expect 2014 to be bigger and better. Funds raised from this event will support the placement of Clown Doctors in Queensland’s major children’s hospitals in both Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Just $52,000 funds the placement of 2 Clown Doctors 1 day a week for an entire year; and the impact they have across the hospital system and especially to sick and injured hospitalised children is truly amazing.

Take a look at the 2013 Ride for a Smile event.

The Event

The 2014 ride will once again commence from Mantra Kingscliff Friday Nov 7 and cover approximately 350 k over the 3 days; taking in the many beautiful sights of Kingscliff, Casuarina, Pottsville, Mullumbimby, Coorabell, Murwillumbah, Byron Bay and much more.

All funds raised from the ride will go to support the Clown Doctors program in at the Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane and the Gold Coast Hospital. The fundraising goal for this event will be shared once registrations are complete.

The Humour Foundation

The Humour Foundation is a national charity who’s primary goal is to deliver the health benefits of humour. The core project is the Clown Doctors, bringing support, fun and laughter to sick children in hospital. International research has found laughter to have both physiological and psychological benefits to health and wellbeing.

There are currently 55 Clown Doctors operating in 20 Hospitals around Australia who touch the lives of more than 135,000 people. All are highly skilled professional performers trained by the Humour Foundation  to work in the hospital system. The Foundation provides ongoing support and professional development to ensure the Clown Doctors are well equipped to bring smiles to sick children.

Details

When: November 7 to 9, 2014
Where: Kingscliff Mantra Salt
Cost: $595 (not including accommodation)
Start: Kingscliff Mantra Salt
Start Time: 9 am Friday 7 Nov
Finish Time: 2 pm Sunday 9 Nov

Important Note: This year riders are to book their own accommodation with Mantra (see details below). Riders should think seriously when booking accommodation and potentially stay Thursday November 6; nice to wake up and be at the start line.

TO DOWNLOAD THE ACCOMMODATION BOOKING FORM CLICK HERE:

Inclusions $595

Event Participation
All meals including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
On road fuel, Electrolyte drink, Gels and Bars
Mechanical support (mechanical parts on a user pay basis)
Massage therapists (massages on a user pay basis)

Accommodation

NOTE: Riders now need to source their own accommodation.

Accommodation will be at the Mantra Salt Kingscliff however due to the increasingly varied needs of our riders, this year riders are required to source their own accommodation needs and should contact Mantra direct. To download the accommodation booking form and to secure your room click here.

Meals

Meals will be held at Mantra on Friday and Saturday nights and at the close of the event on Sunday around midday. Lunches on Friday and Saturday will be held along the route. Riders with special food requirements should let us know at registration.

Families and Guests

Families and guests are welcome to join us for dinner Friday and Saturday Nights and also at our closing BBQ Lunch on Sunday and meal coupons will be available for purchase on the entoure website closer to the event. A rough estimate of additional meal costs is below:

  1. Dinners around $60 Adult / $30 Child (ages 4 to 12) / Under 4 free
  2. Lunch $35 Adult $17.50 Child (ages 4 to 12) / Under 4 free
  3. Breakfast $20

Terms and Conditions

Before registering for our events, all riders need to commit to doing a couple of things:

  1. be registered with Bicycle QLD (or it’s equivilent),
  2. be fit and healthy,
  3. have a road bike (no hybrids allowed),
  4. be experienced enough to participate in the event safely, and
  5. be prepared to raise funds as agreed for the Clown Doctors

Check out our Fundraising Tips and what people have done that has worked previously.

Rider Rules and Safety

Riders need to follow some basic rules when participating in our events. These rules are designed to keep our participants safe. Click here for more information about rider rules and safety.

Routes

Routes for this years ride are under review however to get a feel for lasts years ride see below:

The 2013 route was approximately 350 k over the 3 days and progressively got easier throughout the tour. Day 1 was a 128 k loop around Mullumbimby and 2041 meters of climbing. Day 2 was 156 k around Chillingham and Murwillumbah and was the longest day and 2944 meters of climbing. Whilst Day 3 reduced to 61 k and 781 meters of climbing. Each of the days included a series of challenges (all optional) in which riders had a chance to win a competition jersey.

For a detailed look at the routes and the challenges click on the links below.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Pelotons

Riders will be split into a variety of pelotons based on rider experience & speed. All riders will be allocated into these pelotons prior to the event. It will be important for all riders to chat with their team captains and nominate a preference prior to allocation. Riders can swap pelotons throughout the tour but not throughout the day as the intention will be to keep the pelotons separate in order to limit road congestion.

Qualification

All riders must qualify to participate in this event  and we will contact all Team Captains on completion of their registration to discuss the pre event qualification process in more detail. The purpose of this qualification is to ensure riders can ride safely at a collective pace and enjoy the event and that the riders are not forced to wait for inexperienced or unfit riders.

Pace

The pace will be steady and safety will be a priority. Riders will once again compete for a series of competition jerseys and we will provide details in regards to the jerseys and how they can be won, closer to the event.

Competition Jerseys

Whilst it is not a race, some organised challenges will occur and a detailed briefing will be held throughout the event.

Riders will not be allowed to win more than one competition jersey and we will provide more detail on this during the event.

Support

The  pelotons will be fully supported with lead and rear vehicles; mechanics, massage therapists and doctors. Water, electrolyte powder, carbo shots, bananas and sun cream will be available as required. Riders requiring mechanical parts will purchase on a needs basis from the mechanics.

Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists from Gold Coast Physio and Sports Health will be available throughout the event at a cost of $30 for 30 minutes. Gold Coast Physio and Sports Health’s therapists are providers to Triathlon Australia, Swimming Australia, The Australian Institute of Sport, The Qld Academy of Sport & many other local, state & national level teams. They offer a multi-disciplinary approach, so their clients have access to a wide range of services all under the one roof. They also stock a range of quality products to enhance the success of managing your body and accelerating the performance and recovery of injuries and aliments. We are very privileged to have Gold Coast Physio and Sports Health support our tour this year … make use of what they have to offer and consider them when at the Gold Coast. Riders will be advised of the booking process at the event. Why get a massage ?

Clothing

For team kit, contact us and we will help you with your designs. Minimum quantities apply.

Flights

No flights planned for this tour. Riders are to arrange their own flights.

Training

Training requirements differ from rider to rider however, we have put together a training program based on a 14 week lead period. We have also provided riders with some information on health and wellness together with a few tips when it comes to Urologists designed bike seats.

Click here for information about our health tips, training rides and training program.

Day One

Beenleigh Motor Inn Yatala to Kingscliff 144 k

Day Two

Murwillumbah Loop 110 k

Day Three

Murwillumbah Loop 60 k

The Entoure Cycle events are fast becoming the premier cycle event for both experienced and semi experienced cyclists and a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a special cause. The Mornington Peninsula Cycle Classic will be entoures inaugural ride in Victoria and take place over 3 days between March 23rd and March 25th, 2012. Places are limited to 50 riders so people will need to register quickly to join the entourage.

Registrations Open January 2012.

To get a feel for what you are in for, watch a video from our recent Brisbane to Salt Ride.

What you must know

Register

Opens January 2012

Fundraising Opportunities

Under a revised model, riders will for the first time have an opportunity to;

  1. fundraise for an incredible cause
  2. support their own cause, or
  3. simply participate.

Hero Pages can be set up using EVERYDAY HERO … click here to learn more.

Details

When: March 23rd to 25th, 2012
Where: Mornington Peninsula
Cost: $925 Triple Share $995 Twin
Start: TBA
Finish: TBA

Inclusions

2 Nights accommodation Friday and Saturday Nights
All meals including Breakfast, Lunch andy Dinner
On road file, Electrolyte drink, Gels and Bars
Bike washing and full on road support (mechanical parts on a user pay basis)
Massage therapists (user pay basis $30 for 30 minutes)

Terms and Conditions

Before registering for our events, riders need to commit to doing a couple of things:

  1. be registered with Bicycle VIC (or it’s equivilent),
  2. be fit and healthy,
  3. have a road bike (no hybrids allowed), and be
  4. fit and experienced enough to participate in the event safely

Rider Rules and Safety

Riders need to follow some basic rules when participating in our events. These rules are designed to keep our participants safe. Click here for more information about rider rules and safety.

What you should know

Routes

TBA

Pelotons

Riders will be split into a variety of pelotons based on rider experience & speed. All riders will be allocated into these pelotons prior to the event. It will be important for all riders to chat with their team captains and nominate a preference prior to allocation. Riders can swap pelotons throughout the tour but not throughout the day as the intention will be to keep the pelotons separate in order to limit road congestion.

Qualification

All riders must qualify to participate in this event and have reached a level equal to or in-excess of C Grade vet and we will contact all riders individually on receipt of their registration form to discuss the pre event qualification process in more detail. The purpose of this qualification is to ensure riders can ride safely at a collective pace without getting dropped or requiring the sad wagon.

Pace

The pace will be steady and safety will be a priority. Riders will once again compete for a series of competition jerseys and we will provide details in regards to the jerseys and how they can be won, closer to the event.

Competition Jerseys

Whilst it is not a race, some organised challenges will occur and a detailed briefing will be held throughout the event. In short, the competition sections will include:

  1. Yellow Section - Leaders Jersey
  2. Green Section - Sprint Jersey
  3. Polka Dot - Climbers Jersey
  4. Pink - Individual Fundraiser
  5. White - Best New Rider

Riders will not be allowed to win more than one of the above categories and we will provide more detail on this closer to the event.

Support

The  pelotons will be fully supported with lead and rear vehicles and roving motorbikes; mechanics, massage therapists and doctors. Water, electrolyte powder, carbo shots, bananas and sun cream will be available as required. Riders requiring mechanical parts will purchase on a needs basis from the mechanics.

Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists will be available throughout the event at a cost of $30 for 30 minutes. Riders will be advised of the booking process at the event and are encouraged to utilise the therapists to release unwanted aches and pains. Why get a massage ?

Clothing

Both team and individual kits are available. For individual kit, simply visit the entoure shop. For team kit, contact us and we will help you with your designs. Minimum quantities apply.

Accommodation

The location is yet to be confirmed however riders will have the options of Twin or Triple share.

Flights

No flights planned for this tour. Riders are to arrange their own flights.

Meals

Meals will be held at the resort on Friday and Saturday Nights. Lunches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be held along the route. Riders with special food requirements should let us know at registration.

Training

Training requirements differ from rider to rider however, we have put together a training program based on a 14 week lead period. We have also provided riders with some information on health and wellness together with a few tips when it comes to Urologists designed bike seats.

Click here for information about our health tips, training rides and training program.

Riders Factsheet

For a brief snap shot of the event, download the riders fact sheet here.

Recently I was fortunate enough to be part of another Clown Round; but this time it was in Queensland; at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. From left to right in the photo attached is: Doctor Colourful, Aaron Rodgers (Abi Group), Doctor Kerfuffel, David Vicenzino (Abi Group), Kent Williams (me) and Ian Doig (Humour Foundation … he is the man behind the camera)

The tour started with Doctor Kerfuffel and Doctor Colourful giving us a heads up as to what was planned for the day; the best way for us to be involved; and a little bit about the wards we would be visiting.

Being on tour with the Clown Doctors is very special but its important to recognise early that they are skilled in the delivery of humour; not us … so when I made a comment to Doctor Kerfuffel about the tea pot hat that was sitting on his head … a comment along the lines of “have a look at your head” … I should have expected that he would hit me harder than I hit him … the response he delivered almost before I had finished mine was “have you stood in front of a mirror lately” and we all know there is nothing better than watching your mates get smacked so for both Aaron and David, this was the perfect start to the tour.

Abi Group

Now before I chat about the tour, let me introduce Aaron and David. Aaron Rodgers has participated in all the entoure events and been a previous winner of the Best Fundraiser Jersey on a number of occasions. He is a man with a big heart and loves nothing more than to raise a lot of money for kids charities. He takes on the challenge of fundraising like it is a game … a very serious game … and he doesn’t muck around. It would be fair to say I have never met anyone quite like him … he is an incredible human being. Well that was until I met his boss at Abi Group David Vicenzino; a very different person to Aaron in many respects but with a shared passion for fundraising and supporting kids charities. The first year team Abi Group entered an entoure event was in 2010 and Aaron Rogers was the team leader and thanks to some serious planning and support from many of Abi Groups contractors, the team raised an incredible $83,000. So for the Brisbane to Salt 2011 ride, Abi Group had a few options;

  1. be happy with what they achieved in 2010 and go easier on their network, or
  2. step it up

2011 saw David Vicenzino (Aaron’s boss) take the Team Leadership spot and the decision was made to step it up. The team created a very professional flyer and developed a clear plan and call to action: OUR FUTURE IS OUR CHILDREN. A soft target of $100,000 was set and a business plan was established. Accountabilities were established across team members and emails were issued to go hard. The team raised $110,000 and secured a major sponsor in Real Serious Games at $10,000 and a further product sponsor in McLay Industries at $2,500. No surprise the entire team won the 2011 Best Fundraiser Jersey.

Team Abi Group raised enough money to pay for 2 Clown Rounds a week for an entire year so to show them the Clown Doctors in action was not only important, but deserved and a real privilege for me to share a Clown Round with 2 of entoures strongest supporters and mates.

The Clown Round

Watching the Clown Doctors is a lot like watching a flower blossom in high speed. I had the happy tears streaming down my face before we got out of the main foyer of the cafeteria. On the way to the wards and within minutes of starting the round, the Clown Doctors engaged with a young girl (probably 3) who was with her grandmother. It was incredible for me to watch the girl react as both Doctor Colourful and Doctor Kerfuffle focused on her. Just like the blossoming of a flower in high speed, she grew in confidence; grew in acceptance; and innocence that looked lost, came back. As the Clown Doctors worked their magic, the little girl ever so slowly released her tight grip on her grandmothers hand almost finger by finger. Her face took a long time to go from a stare to a smirk; to a grin; and then to a laugh … but it happened and it was beautiful. It was the first time I had seen the re-birth of lost innocence and that’s what drove my happy tear moment. Whilst I don’t have kids, the most prized asset of any child and parent must surely be the innocence of a child and serious illness or accidents can sadly see kids loose this innocence for either a long time or sometimes for ever. My view has always been that whilst we can’t change the outcome, we can help … but here I was watching the outcome change … watching the Clown Doctors breath life back into a little girl and enrich her in a way that was life changing. It was a simple visual … but a visual I will never forget as it really brought home the power of love, laughter and the need for fun on the human soul.

The Roll Call

The Clown Round continued through a variety of kids wards but one of the most entertaining of moments was the visit we made to a day ward; a ward where kids and families that had recently been released from hospital come back to see doctors and to get a feel for how the recovery process is going. The ward was busy and in any ways for me a bit like a public emergency ward with people coming and going; people lining up to register as they entered; and doctors calling out the names of the next patient in line.

After working the room and seeing many of the kids, Doctor Kerfuffle and Doctor Colourful moved silently to the centre of the room and started to yell out the names of people that quite clearly didn’t exist. The first name was “I P Daily” … Doctor Kerfuffle yelled numerous times “Calling I P Daily … has anyone seen I P Daily”. And on they went … roll call after roll call … with each name that was called out, more laughter. The kids looked as if the Clown Doctors were being naughty; the parents looked as if the Clown Doctors were being funny; and the nurses and doctors looked on as if thank god … a mood change. I looked on not wanting the roll call to stop. I thought it was one of the greatest things I had ever seen. What was initially a very busy and slightly hectic room transformed into something very different; and all because of the time and skill of the Clown Doctors and how they use Humour to change the world.

To Doctor Colourful and Doctor Kerfuffle … THANK YOU for everything you do … you really are amazing.

Entoure Cycle Classic Kingscliff 2012

Building our Children’s Future

The Entoure Cycle events are fast becoming the premier cycle event for both experienced and semi experienced cyclists. The Entoure Cycle Classic Kingscliff 2012 was held November 23 to 25 in support of the Clown Doctors.

The 320 k ride over 3 days started in Beenleigh Queensland and took riders to beautiful Mantra on Salt in Kingcliff NSW. The event raised $150,000 for the Clown Doctors and is an annual event.

To get a snap shot of the event, take a look at the video below.

What you must know

Details

When: November 23 to 25
Where: Kingscliff Mantra Salt
Cost: $875
Start: Beenleigh Motor Inn Yatala
Start Time: Arrive 6 am (no later) Depart btw 6.30 and 6.45.

Beenleigh Motor Inn Yatala

A small breakfast will be provided at Beenleigh Motor Inn Yatala on Friday 23 November to ensure riders have something in their stomachs before they depart to Kingscliff. Riders wishing to stay at the motel the night before and to wake prepared and ready to go, should contact them and arrange.

Inclusions

2 Nights accommodation Friday and Saturday Nights (triple share)
All meals including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
On road fuel, Electrolyte drink, Gels and Bars
Mechanical support (mechanical parts on a user pay basis)
Massage therapists (user pay basis $30 for 30 minutes)
N0t Included: Returned transport from Kingscliff

Terms and Conditions

Before registering for our events, all riders need to commit to doing a couple of things:

  1. be registered with Bicycle QLD (or it’s equivilent),
  2. be fit and healthy,
  3. have a road bike (no hybrids allowed), and be
  4. fit and experienced enough to participate in the event safely, and
  5. be prepared to raise funds as agreed for the Clown Doctors

Check out our Fundraising Tips and what people have done that has worked previously.

Rider Rules and Safety

Riders need to follow some basic rules when participating in our events. These rules are designed to keep our participants safe. Click here for more information about rider rules and safety.

What you should know

Routes

2012 provides an opportunity for a revised route from Beenleigh Motor Inn at Yatala to Kingscliff and for the first time both Pelotons will cover the same course options; just at a different pace.

Day 1 will see riders head coastal through the towns of Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, Southport, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin Valley, Mt Tomewin, Murrillumbah, Kielvale, Pottsville, Hastings Point, Casuarina, Kingscliff. Regular stops will be available along the route to refresh water bottles and to carbo load with a delicious lunch awaiting riders in Murwillumbah at around 100 k along the waters edge of Budd Park. Riders can expect individual food bags loaded with either a healthy chicken or ham salad roll on multigrain or wholemeal, 1 x piece of fruit, 1 x cookie and 1 x drink. Anyone with specific dietary needs must advise us prior to the event.

Riders will depart Beenleigh between 6.30 am and 6.45 am and because of daylight saving and loosing an hour the day will feel just that little bit longer; we are targeting lunch for 1 pm at Murwillumbah and finishing at Mantra Salt by 4 pm.

Day 2 and 3 will take riders around Murwillumbah and provide opportunities for riders to take home a competition jersey and / or team time trial medal and we will brief riders on the rules of these days throughout the event. Both these days are far less challenging with riders riding no later than lunchtime. See routes below.

Route Maps

Day 1: Beenleigh to Mantra Salt Kingscliff 145 K

Day 2: Murwillumbah Loop 109 K

Day 3: Murwillumbah Coffee Ride 60 K

Click here for satellite images.

Pelotons

Riders will be split into a variety of pelotons based on rider experience & speed. All riders will be allocated into these pelotons prior to the event. It will be important for all riders to chat with their team captains and nominate a preference prior to allocation. Riders can swap pelotons throughout the tour but not throughout the day as the intention will be to keep the pelotons separate in order to limit road congestion.

Qualification

All riders must qualify to participate in this event  and we will contact all Team Captains on completion of their registration to discuss the pre event qualification process in more detail. The purpose of this qualification is to ensure riders can ride safely at a collective pace and enjoy the event and the pelotons are not forced to wait for inexperienced or unfit riders.

Pace

The pace will be steady and safety will be a priority. Riders will once again compete for a series of competition jerseys and we will provide details in regards to the jerseys and how they can be won, closer to the event.

Competition Jerseys

Whilst it is not a race, some organised challenges will occur and a detailed briefing will be held throughout the event.

Riders will not be allowed to win more than one competition jersey and we will provide more detail on this during the event.

Support

The  pelotons will be fully supported with lead and rear vehicles; mechanics, massage therapists and doctors. Water, electrolyte powder, carbo shots, bananas and sun cream will be available as required. Riders requiring mechanical parts will purchase on a needs basis from the mechanics.

Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists from Gold Coast Physio and Sports Health will be available throughout the event at a cost of $30 for 30 minutes. Gold Coast Physio and Sports Health’s therapists are providers to Triathlon Australia, Swimming Australia, The Australian Institute of Sport, The Qld Academy of Sport & many other local, state & national level teams. They offer a multi-disciplinary approach, so their clients have access to a wide range of services all under the one roof. They also stock a range of quality products to enhance the success of managing your body and accelerating the performance and recovery of injuries and aliments. We are very privileged to have Gold Coast Physio and Sports Health support our tour this year … make use of what they have to offer and consider them when at the Gold Coast. Riders will be advised of the booking process at the event. Why get a massage ?

Clothing

For team kit, contact us and we will help you with your designs. Minimum quantities apply. Check out the 2012 team kit template here.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be at the Mantra Salt Kingscliff and riders will stay in triple share two bedroom apartments. Check it out here.

Flights

No flights planned for this tour. Riders are to arrange their own flights.

Meals

Meals will be held at (or near) the resort on Friday and Saturday nights and at the close of the event on Sunday around midday. Lunches on Friday and Saturday will be held along the route. Riders with special food requirements should let us know at registration.

Training

Training requirements differ from rider to rider however, we have put together a training program based on a 14 week lead period. We have also provided riders with some information on health and wellness together with a few tips when it comes to Urologists designed bike seats.

Click here for information about our health tips, training rides and training program.

The Entoure Cycle events are fast becoming the premier cycle event for both amateurs and experienced cyclists. The Hunter Valley tour  took place June 15 to 17, 2012.

Check it out here:

Riders for the first time cycled on days 1 and 2 of the event and returned by bus to Sydney in the morning of day 3. This meant the event was around 280 k over the first 2 days and concluded at the beautiful Ballabourneen vineyards on Saturday, June 16. Riders were then given free time to explore what the Hunter Valley had to offer on Saturday night, before returning to Sydney by bus in the morning of Sunday June 17 departing Cypress Lakes at around 8,30 am.

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What you must know

Register

Opens March 2012.

Details

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE … THE EVENT IS NOW IN JUNE AND INCLUDE 2 DAYS RIDING WITH BUS TRANSFER BACK TO SYDNEY ON SUNDAY !

When: June 15 to 17, 2012
Where: Hunter Valley
Cost:
3 Days June 15 to 17, $750 Triple Share (Bus Transfer Sunday)
1 Day June 16, $185 (No Accommodation)
Start: Galston Recreation Reserve Arrive 7 am Depart 7.30
Finish: Galston Recreation Reserve Bus Transfer EST ARRIVAL 11 am
Total Riding: 277 k over 2 days (Bus Transfer Day 3)

Inclusions

2 Nights accommodation Friday and Saturday Nights
All meals including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (albeit Sat Night Meal)
On road food, electrolyte drink, gels and bars
Bus Transfer Sunday (departing Cypress lakes 8.30 am)
Full on road support (mechanical parts on a user pay basis)
Massage therapists (user pay basis $30 for 30 minutes)

Terms and Conditions

Before registering for our events, riders need to commit to doing a couple of things:

  1. be registered with Bicycle NSW (or it’s equivilent),
  2. be fit and healthy,
  3. have a road bike (no hybrids allowed),
  4. fit and experienced enough to participate in the event safely,
  5. be prepared to fundraise for the Humour Foundation

Charity

The entoure events are in support of the Humour Foundation; a nationally recognised charity in support of the emotional healing of seriously ill children. Our events fund the Clown Doctor Program. Play the video below to see the difference the Clown Doctors make to little Andrew and to better understand the difference your fundraising will make.

Rider Rules and Safety

Riders need to follow some basic rules when participating in our events. These rules are designed to keep our participants safe. Click here for more information about rider rules and safety.

Download a copy of our Peloton Etiquette Manual; designed to keep riders safe at all times.

Routes

The 2012 route will see a few minor variations to previous years and take riders through Wisemens Ferry and on to the Hunter. Day 3 for the first time will see riders return via bus, reducing the overall distance to 277 k over the 2 days of riding.

For a detailed view of each days route, look below:

Day One 182 K

Day Two 95 K

Pelotons

Riders need to ride in a peloton and reach an agreed level of fitness to participate in an entoure event. Riders will be accessed prior to the event to ensure they fit within the required standards. As a benchmark, riders need to have previous peloton experience and be able to hold a wheel at an average pace of around 26 – 28 k an hour of the duration of the event.

Pace

The pace will be steady and safety will be a priority. Riders will once again compete for a series of competition jerseys and we will provide details in regards to the jerseys and how they can be won, closer to the event.

Competition Jerseys

Whilst it is not a race, some organised challenges will occur and a detailed briefing will be held throughout the event. In short, the competition sections will include:

  1. Yellow Section - Leaders Jersey
  2. Green Section - Sprint Jersey
  3. Polka Dot - Climbers Jersey
  4. Pink - Individual Fundraiser
  5. White - Best New Rider

Riders will not be allowed to win more than one of the above categories and we will provide more detail on this closer to the event.

Support

The  peloton will be fully supported and include vehicle drivers and support staff, mechanics, massage therapists and doctors. Water, electrolyte powder, carbo shots / bars and sun cream will be available as required. Riders requiring mechanical parts will purchase on a needs basis from the mechanics.

Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists will be available throughout the event at a cost of $30 for 30 minutes. Riders will be advised of the booking process at the event and are encouraged to utilise the therapists to release unwanted aches and pains. Why get a massage ?

Clothing

Both team and individual kits are available. For individual kit, simply visit the entoure shop. For team kit, contact me and I will help you with your designs. Minimum quantities for team kit is 10 per unit and an estimated price for 10 complete sets is around $2,400.

Accommodation

We will be staying at Cypress Lakes Resort Hunter Valley. Standard accommodation will be 3 share in luxury 2 bedroom villas. To review the resort, click here.

Flights

No flights planned for this tour. Riders are to arrange their own flights.

Meals

Meals will be held at the resort on Friday night and will be of a gourmet buffet style. Lunches on Friday will be held along the route and in the case of Saturday, lunch will be held in a vineyard. Riders with food requirements should let us know before arrival at the hotel.

Training

Training requirements differ from rider to rider however, we have put together a training program based on a 14 week lead period. We have also provided riders with some information on health and wellness together with a few tips when it comes to Urologists designed bike seats.

Click here for information about our health tips, training rides and training program.

Riders Factsheet

For a brief snap shot of the event, download the riders fact sheet here.

It is not very often people get to go behind the scenes of a major children’s hospital and to witness firsthand the great work of the Clown Doctors. However, courtesy of Ian Doig (the Fundraising Manager for the Humour Foundation), both Mark Worrall (Entoure Chairman) and myself got to experience something very special today that was truly wonderful. A hospital can be a sad place for some many reasons but to witness the joy the Clown Doctors bring to the hospital environment was a real thrill and something I won’t forget in a hurry.

Dr Tickle Me Please and Dr Sniggles (pictured above) are 2 of the 55 very special people who make up the Clown Doctors. Today I watched lost innocence reborn. I watched kids faces light up; parents and nurses laughing; people having fun in an environment that is simply not built for laughs. We visited Randwick Children’s Hospital and whilst this was not my first visit to a children’s hospital, it was my first “Clown Round” and just like the kids, the parents and all around me, I didn’t want it to end.

The Humour Foundation is entoures Major Beneficiary and the recent Grape Ride raised around $52,500 in support of the Clown Doctors program which will fund 1 Clown Round per week (2 x Clown Doctors) for an entire year and from what I have witnessed today, that’s got to be one of the best investments on the planet.

Who are the Clown Doctors ?

The Clown Doctors work in partnership with health professionals. While regular doctors focus on the sickness of the child, Clown Doctors focus on the health. There are currently 55 Clown Doctors operating in 20 Hospitals around Australia who touch the lives of more than 135,000 people in the health care system each year. All are highly skilled professional performers trained by The Humour Foundation to work in the hospital setting. The Foundation provides ongoing support and professional development to ensure that Clown Doctors are well-nourished professionally and are able to perform to the best of their ability. Read more.

The Visit !

Ian Doig collected both Mark and myself and drove us to the Hospital. The plan was to meet Dr Tickle Me Please and Dr Sniggles before the Clown Round and in discussions before meeting the 2 doctors, I told Ian that I often felt like an intruder on these tours and that I wasn’t sure how I was going to react when placed in a situation of a child, their parents and the Clown Doctors. Well how wrong could I have been ? Both Dr Tickle Me Please and Dr Sniggles (one of the original Clown Doctors back in 1997) are so skilled when it comes to evaluating a child’s emotional connection, engaging me and getting me involved from what was a safe distance for me and for the kids, was all too easy. The visitation started at around 10.30 am and whilst for Mark and I the Clown Round finished at around 11.45 am, both Dr Tickle Me Please and Dr Sniggles were just warming up.

How do they operate ?

Both doctors were quick to assess each and every child. Quickly and silently identifying and strategising each situation; standing at the door of each ward; shouting things such as “DID ANYONE ORDER 2 SPECIALISTS” and then asking the kids if they could come in.

Once given the nod by a child within the ward, in they would go; slowly working their way around the ward as each child showed interest; heavily involving parents and nurses and very quickly changing the emotional state of the entire room.

The transformation was simply incredible. The humour (whether it be tricks, jokes, magic or song) was pitched at a level that entertained all ages; either that or I have some growing up to do; because I loved it.

Our first interaction with Dr Tickle Me Please and Dr Sniggles was outside the hospital cafe where we were waiting before starting the Clown Round, where a shy little girl stood with her mum.

The 2 doctors confronted the little girl (probably aged about 3) and it was just so beautiful to watch them ever so slowly bring a smile to this little girls face. The little girl never said a word but her face wrote a book; I had happy tears rolling down my face caused form the size of my grin and it didn’t take me long to realise that to support the Clown Doctors was to support something special and that the tour of the hospital was going to be very rewarding.

A Moment To Remember

A moment enjoyed and not easily forgotten occurred when a young boy being wheeled into his ward after either an operation or a series of tests, got wheeled through a corridor where we were chatting with the clown doctors and nurses.

The young boy was coming from a direction where he couldn’t see us but we could see him. Dr Tickle Me Please and Dr Sniggles organised us so the bed could be wheeled past us and then at the last moment stretched a line of toilet paper (a tool used for a variety of their gags) across and in front of the bed; much like a finish line to a race.

As the bed got wheeled closer and in between where we were standing, the toilet paper was placed closer and closer to the young boys face; and then to his surprise the toilet paper (which had by this stage been stretched across his bed and as low as to gently touch his nose), became the finish line to a race the boy had no idea he had entered.

All of us cheered as the boy got wheeled under the toilet paper finish line and a small Mexican wave irrupted. The boy didn’t know what had hit him. What was to always have been a routine trip back to the ward became something very very different and a great example of what the Clown Doctors bring to situations on the fly.

Get Involved

There are video’s on our website that talk about the efficiency and effectiveness of the Clown Doctors and what I witnessed today was so unique and so special, it would be great for you to get involved by:

  1. riding in one of our cycle tours,
  2. sponsoring someone to ride, or
  3. simply donating funds direct to the Humour Foundation.

We spoke to parents of some of the kids who said their extended families overseas have nothing like this and that when their families came over to visit their sick child, they couldn’t believe the program and the joy the Clown Doctors provided in the hospital system.

If anyone is looking for an efficient and effective charity focused on program deliverables, I strongly suggest you check out the Clown Doctors. They deserve all the support they can get. Imagine a world where the Clown Doctors could access every child in every hospital around Australia. Currently, that world is about $6 million away …. and whilst that’s a lot of money, its certainly not impossible.