Tour de Kids has a very proud history and one in which I am very thankful to have played a part.
Anyone would be hard pressed to match their achievements:
- The original multi-day cycle event in Australia,
- Been around since 2001,
- Shared it's IP with anyone needing help,
- Fundraised $6.8 M for the Starlight Children's Foundation,
- Played a major part in the establishment of entoure which has helped raise over $11 M and growing
WHAT IS TOUR DE KIDS
Tour de Kids is a network of like minded and committed individuals all keen to have fun on a bike and to make a very big difference to kids and families who do it tough and the Starlight Children's Foundation has been their major beneficiary from the get go.
I have personally cycled in 6 of their first 7 tours and supported and managed several of their tours since establishing entoure back in 2007. To have completed their final reconnaissance was a little sad but at the same time a great opportunity to think back about all the incredible moments and the lives that have been changed as a result of this incredible network of men and woman.
The route will take in some of the most gorgeous countryside NSW has to offer; the first 3 days are simply stunning beyond belief and the final 3 aren't to shabby either.
The 6 day event will go through:
- Albury to Tumbarumba 137 K 1,704 VM
- Tumbarumba to Thredbo 153 K 3,863 VM
- Thredbo to Cooma 122 K 1,573 VM
- Cooma to Bungendore 140 K 1,479 VM
- Bungendore to Nowra 154 K 1,453 VM
- Nowra to Wollongong 136 K 2,273 VM
The tour is a total of 842 K and 12,345 vertical meters; in any language thats a fair few LUMPS.
Take a look at a few snaps I took of the route
THE TOWNS AND THE TERRAIN
The terrain is stunning and riders will be spoilt for choice when it comes to where they look and what they want to take in but, all of that comes with a degree of pain. 12,345 vertical meters gained throughout the 6 days doesn't come easily and riders will on the odd occasion be served up a classic alpine lung sandwich.
The roads in the main are very good and very quiet; Day 1 departs Albury for Tumbarumba and hugs the Hume Lake and the Murray River; it's one of the most stunning day 1 routes I have ever seen and I believe if someone sees a car they might get a prize; its so quiet and so stunning it's the perfect day 1. From Tumbarumba riders head to Thredbo on Day 2 and the whilst its another day of undulations the undulations are steeper and longer giving rise to some great descents before riders take on the series of climbs that head to Dead Horse Gap and the quaint town of Thredbo. Day 3 will see riders descend from Thredbo into Jindabyne before heading through Dalgety to Cooma. Dalgetty must be one of the greatest area's to cycle in Australia; stunning isn't a strong enough word. From Cooma on Day 4 riders then take on the Monaro Hwy to Queanbeyan and onto Bungendore. From Bungendore on Day 5 it's off to beautiful Nowra before heading through Robertson on Day 6 and and finishing the event in Wollongong.
Day 1 27 March
Day 3 29 March
- 123 K and 1,573 VM
- Depart Thredbo
- Coffee Jindabyne 35 K
- Lunch Iona Garden Cafe Dalgety 68 K
- Finish Cooma 123 K
Day 4 30 March
- 140 K and 1,479 VM
- Depart Cooma
- Coffee Snowy Mountains Gourmet Cafe Bredbo 33 K
- Lunch Queanbeyan 105 K
- Finish Bungendore 140 K
Day 5 31 March
- 155 K and 1,453 VM
- Depart Bungendore
- Lunch Nerriga Hotel 86 K
- Finish Nowra 155 K
Day 6 1 April
- 136 K and 2,273 VM
- Depart Nowra
- Lunch Rockabella's Cafe Robertson 80 K
- Finish Wollongong 136 K