Fancy spending 9 days cycling from one major city to another? A group of riders did just that on the latest Tour de Chance as they cycled more than 100 km’s per day and rode from Brisbane to Sydney.
Mitsubishi Motors Australia supported the Fighting Chance team on their Tour de Chance by donating two Outlander PHEV’s as safety cars for their journey. We caught up with Fighting Chance Events Manager, Sean Ross, to learn more about this year’s tour. Here’s what he had to say.
What is the Tour De Chance?
In 2012, Sydney businessman Tim Powell approached the Fighting Chance team with an offer of support. He had seen first-hand Fighting Chance’s life changing work through the experience of his daughter, Ashleigh.
Tim saw the potential of Fighting Chance’s innovative work to improve the lives of Australians with a disability and pledged his support to the organisation. In 2013, Tim rode from Sydney to the Gold Coast raising more than $50,000. In 2014, the Tour grew to 19 riders and defied all expectations by raising $350,000.
In 2015, the Tour had a team of 22 riders who have raised over $400,000 to extend the number of employment and training opportunities that Fighting Chance can provide to young adults with a disability from 40 to 120.
From February 28 to March 8, our riders cycled from Brisbane to Sydney. Averaging over 100 kilometres per day, the team stopped in Gold Coast, Ballina, Grafton, Bellingen, Scotts Head, North Haven, Nelson Bay and The Entrance to spread awareness of Fighting Chance Australia and the need to create ongoing employment opportunities for people with a disability.
What was the best part of the tour?
For a lot of the guys the best part of the Tour was connecting with regional Australia and being reminded how beautiful our country is. Mostly, cyclists were city based from Sydney, Brisbane or Perth and it was a (hard earned) opportunity to see our amazing coasts, rivers and towns as well as connecting with communities where the need for improved services for young adults with disabilities is great.
What was the hardest part of the Tour?
Day seven was easily the hardest day of the Tour. The riders clocked over 170kms from North Haven to Nelsons Bay, including climbing Mount Bulahdelah. They were on the road for over 12 hours (including breaks, and two ferries) from 6am.
What role did the Outlander PHEV's play in the tour?
The Outlander PHEVs were central in ensuring rider safety on the Tour and were always perched at the front and back of the rider pack. As well as ensuring safety by alerting oncoming traffic to our 22 cyclists, they were great to carry supplies such as water, food, sun screen, pumps and basically anything you need on a nine day bike ride (which is a lot). The storage space in them is amazing!
Will you be doing it again?
Absolutely, the Tour de Chance will be back next year!