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Entoure has recently conducted a rebrand and part of this process was to allow us to redesign all elements of how we positioned ourselves in the market place. We went to our friends Steve Schenko and Dane  Collins at Custom Creative to redesign the logo and then to our mate Kev Babakian at Babici to redesign our clothing range.

The idea was to create a brand that was bold whilst maintaining our heritage and what identified and differentiated us; to remove the previous 2 toned logo that was becoming increasing difficult to use with any real consistency.

Its not always easy designing a logo that softly shouts “we are here” and then developing a real consistent feel for how that logo is displayed across our website, our offline material and our clothing and for that logo to look professional yet sporty and fun: but I reckon the team at Custom Creative and Babici got it right.

The entoure kit is currently on sale; check it out here.

The Entoure / 40:40 4 Gorges Cycle Classic is a social ride; an opportunity to catch up and to recognise our achievements throughout 2014 and to launch plans for 2015. It is a 1 Day 100 K cycle ride starting and finishing in Hornsby supported by Entoure and the Clown Doctors.

Subject to rider numbers, riders will be released in waves; drink stations will be set up in advance to ensure you get through the journey and a sweep vehicle will be on hand to collect anyone who needs a taxi. This is not a handle bar to handle bar styled ride; its a social get together.

Come join the fun; do the entire distance or shorten the course; its completely your call.

NOTE: there is plenty of street parking near Rofe Park to leave your cars

Places are limited so register quickly and secure your spot.

Register

Places are open to anyone who has completed a previous entoure or 40:40 event or are connected to someone who has and is keen to learn more about the Clown Doctors Ride for a Smile event March 6 to 8, 2015 and / or 40:40 2015 plans.

Simply complete your registration by clicking the link below and returning it to Kent@entoure.com.au or Entoure PO Box 975 Spit Junction NSW 2088. Registrations will close Wednesday Oct 1.

REGISTER NOW

Details

When: Oct 4, 2014
Where: Hornsby … 4 Gorges
Start: Hornsby Rofe Park
Finish: Hornsby Rofe Park
Arrival Time: 6.45 am (grab a coffee)
Briefing: 7.20 am
Depart Time: 7.30 am
ETA COffee Stop 80 k: 11 am
Lunch: 12.30 pm
Cost: $50 head

Whats Included:

  • Pre Ride Coffee at Hornsby Rofe Park
  • Electrolytes and support on route
  • Lunch and Beers at Hornsby Rofe Park

Coffee and Food

Lord of the Beans and the Urban Pasta Truck will be on hand for this event. Both will be at Rofe Park and both will be serving up whats required to get you through the day and to feed you when the day is done. The morning tea spot at Pie in the Sky (80k mark) is user pay. The rest of the day is sorted.

Note: Lunch (plus beers) will be served on completion of the ride at Rofe Park.

Route

The 4 Gorges Cycle Classic will start and finish at Rofe Park in Hornsby on Galston Road and take in the 4 Gorges of Galston, Berowra, Mount White and Brooklyn. The ride is 100 k in distance and one of the iconic northside cycling routes.

Riders will immediately descend into Galston Gorge from Rofe Park and make their way from their to Berowra and Mount White; turning around at Calga for the homeward journey back to Rofe Park Hornsby. We will do a coffee stop at Pie in the Sky (around 80 k mark) giving riders 20 ks to go to Hornsby where Pasta and Cold Beers await.

If the distance becomes an issue and you would like to shorten the route it is very easy on this course to turn early and meet at the Pie in the Sky. So don’t let the gorges or the distance be an issue as to why you don’t join us. If you keen for some fun, come along !

Click to view route HERE:

Pace and Support

Riders will be able to self select their pace and their riding buddies. This will not be a handle bar to handle bar event.

Support will be as follows:

  1. Sweep vehicle
  2. Drink stations at Brooklyn Pie in the Sky and Calga Turn Point

Riders should be prepared to fix their own flats and treat the ride portion of this ride like a weekend ride. You will not have a vehicle behind you. The rear vehicle is sweep vehicle only and will float in front and behind the riders as it sets up drink stations.

So long as you eat a good breakfast before you leave home, sink a coffee before you depart at Hornsby, load up with some bars and gels before you roll into Galston gorge and then fill up at the preset drink stations, suck back another coffee at Pie in Sky then knock back Pasta when all said and done, you should be right !

Rider Rules and Safety

Whilst this is not an organised event, riders will still need to follow some basic rules when participating in this ride. These rules are designed to keep you safe. Click here for more information about rider rules and safety.

Terms and Conditions

Before participating in this ride all riders will need to execute a waiver on the day. Whilst entoure will support this ride it is not a sanctioned event and as such riders will ride at their own risk.

Riders Registered Include

  1. Angela Irwin
  2. Adam Goc
  3. Adrian Tesoriero
  4. Alan Cook
  5. Alise Croft
  6. Amy Bennett
  7. Ben Croft
  8. Blake White
  9. Brad Chruszcz
  10. Bryan Zaichkowsky
  11. Catherine Ballantyne
  12. Chris Hanrahan
  13. Clint Adams
  14. Conor Hart
  15. Courtney Bolin
  16. Ed Kirk
  17. Emma Brown
  18. Francoise Coirier
  19. Gemma Houghton
  20. Geoff Johnson
  21. Gladys Woods
  22. Grant Ironside
  23. James Greet
  24. James Matthews
  25. Jeremy Walker
  26. J0cie Evison
  27. Justin Roscoe
  28. Justin Zachan
  29. Kent Williams
  30. Mal Smyth
  31. Marcus Wilson
  32. Mark Preston
  33. Mark Williams
  34. Mark Worrall (scratching)
  35. Matilda Raynolds
  36. Matthew Gittoes
  37. Matt Knight
  38. Megan McGlinchey
  39. Michael Cole
  40. Michael Firmin
  41. Myles Hannan
  42. Nik Howe
  43. Nikki Mercer
  44. Nola Urquhart
  45. Padraig O’Donovan
  46. Paul Stanwix
  47. Peter Dowding
  48. Richard Deha
  49. Roisin McNulty
  50. Ronan MacDomhnaill
  51. Sarah Dick
  52. Scott Griffin
  53. Seam McGlinchey
  54. Steve Stute
  55. Stuart Freer
  56. Travis Johnston
  57. Trent Cook
  58. Trevor Armstrong
  59. Ursula Moloney
  60. Vanessa Johnston

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.

Registered Riders

Acache

  1. David Aubrey
  2. Tom Prentice
  3. Tom Buckley
  4. Steven Nelson

A E Smith

  1. Andrew Kelk
  2. Chris Goakes
  3. David Shelberg
  4. Gary Salkowki
  5. John Bourne
  6. Leigh Graham
  7. Martin Ross
  8. Peter Sawyer
  9. Steven Glover
  10. Travis Spiteri

Aurizon

  1. Erin Strang
  2. Kerry Gillan
  3. Mike Peberdy
  4. Peter Stephens
  5. Shane Rodgers
  6. David Wenck
  7. Greg Grogan
  8. Stephan Boyd

Bank of Queensland

  1. Adam McAnalen
  2. Andrew Murrell
  3. Brad Spencer
  4. Dave McAdam
  5. George Zdanowicz
  6. Ken Crawford
  7. Scott Baker
  8. Matt Baxby
  9. Tim Williams
  10. Terry Kempnich
  11. Toby McKinnon

Orica

  1. Danny McCarthy
  2. Paul Lightbody
  3. Rhys Patterson
  4. Tim Kuswadi

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.