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Last year I completed in my work’s inaugural “Tour 200” Tour de Cure ride. We were hoping to raise $500K for cancer research and education. More than 50% of the cyclists were in fact equal to or less than weekend warriors. A handful had only started riding a few months earlier. Well, after all the donations were countered, we hit just over $1.1M. A fantastic effort from everyone, including Trannies who supported me. It was remiss of me not to provide a ride report – I apologise.  

 It was a tough three days – the first being an absolute nightmare. We started in pleasant conditions but then got hit with torrential rain, wind and hills (some @ 16% gradient). We had to stop a couple of times due to the danger – roads flooded, unable to see more than 50 metres ahead. Notwithstanding we got through it and the rest of the three days. 350 kms in three days. Some fantastic footage here, especially days two and three: (password is “Westpac”).  

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So it’s now 2018 and we are off again in little under three weeks. The distance is about the same (350 kms) but the route has changed. We have multiple pelotons going from Sydney to Port Stephens via the Central Coast and the Hunter Valley (1 - 3 March). The second wave of pelotons is doing the return journey (4 - 6 March). I am doing the return journey.

Most people have been touched someway by cancer – you, your friends, your family. It is pretty gut wrenching so doing something about it is important. Tour de Cure fundraising goes towards cancer research, cancer support projects and cancer prevention projects. We have seen great work done by the Tour de Cure researchers with 21 breakthroughs over the years, funded directly by people like you.

 For those who would like to sponsor me, you can log on here and make a tax deductible donation under the name of Michael Flanagan.

 https://tourdecure.com.au/profile/?memberId=76140&tourId=1011

As with all rides of this nature, I have stumped up the 1st $500 to get the ball rolling. Now it’s training for me but the donations are over to you.

 

Thanks all

Mick

PS: I may have another Trannie accompanying me as part of a corporate sponsorship. I hope he goes OK this week in Husky and has a few "pints" down there :lol:.

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Good work mick your a legend you deserve a pint or two yourself, not one of these soft aussie scooners

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Thanks mate - just received. It is my pleasure to help by doing the ride. It is people like you that support us financially to make it happen.

You know, it is a wonderful feeling being able to give to someone else. I think that this is always the best reward I ever feel - to know that you can make a difference, no matter how big.

Thanks again.

 

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Just finished my biggest week in cycling in preparation for the ride in 12 days. Just on 350 kms for me. Probably my biggest week since doing my last IM back in 2005. Loved last Sunday's ride- from Neutral Bay through to Hornsby, Galston Gorge, Wisemans Ferry then return. A great day out. I wish I could do them regularly, although I might be need to be single.

I'll be doing about 230 kms this week, swimming, running and gym. Next week will be ride, swim and rest.

If you are interested in donating, my link is here >> https://tourdecure.com.au/profile/?memberId=76140&tourId=1011

Thanks all

Mick

 

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So the Team from Sydney leaves tomorrow and I will be starting in Port Stephens on Sunday. It is always good to know where your donations go. We here at work have looked at a number of recommendations via the Tour de Cure Medical Committee and have agreed at present for the following distribution:-

 2 x Senior Researcher Grants @ $200k each

  • Dr Phoebe Phillips (UNSW)working to find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer

  • Prof Richard Lock (Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia) treating all forms of Children's cancer

    1 x Pioneer Researcher Grant @ $80k

  • Prof David MacKenzie(Chris O'Brien Lifehouse) All Cancers

     Prevention Grants -$50k

  • Tour de Cure kid’s packs. These will be handed out during our school visits to teach kids about cancer and to spread the ‘Be Fit, Be Happy, Be Healthy’ message.

 Local Grants –5 @ $10k each (presented each night)

  • Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation

  • Cancer Council NSW Emergency Financial Assistance -Hunter

  • Tomaree Prostate Cancer Support

  • Camp Quality

  • Cancer Council NSW Emergency Financial Assistance –Central Coast

FM

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Last training day yesterday, a casual 25 kms in Centennial Park.:wheelchair:

Ten Pints and my ride starts this Sunday from Ports Stephens after bussing up there tomorrow. Then riding down to the Hunter Valley, Wyong then onto Barangaroo on Tuesday - arriving about 3pm. Last year we had around 500 Westpac staff and family meet us - it was great. Looks like rain and a strong head wind for the whole three days (hey, at least it won't be hot :lol:).

Thanks to those who have sent through a donation. I really appreciate your support. For those that would still like to donate, the link is here==> https://tourdecure.com.au/profile/?memberId=76140&tourId=1011

Thanks

Mick

 

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Having lost a few people to the big C just made a donation. Always prefer to give to someone I 'know' rather than a random faceless donation..

 

enjoy the headwinds.. 

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1st day. At lunch after 112 kms. A couple of photos including Ten Pints and me. 

FM

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Pokolbin to Budgewoi- 91 kms and now lunch. Good rollers and a few hills. 

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A visit to the kids at at Lake Munmorah Primary school then just arrived at Cooinda Waters. About 130 kms. 

FM

PS: oh, and the view from my room 

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Just heading to bed. Tomorrow we are travelling from Wyong to Barangaroo. About 110 kms and 1300 odd metres of climbing. 

FM

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Out this morning in the dark, driving rain and headwind. Not pretty. Calmed s but. Just windy now. 45 minute wait for the Ettalong Ferry then off to Summer Bay. The hills will start then. Tough day at the office ahead. 

FM

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6 minutes ago, Flanman said:

45 minute wait for the Ettalong Ferry then off to Summer Bay.

Don't forget to say hello to Alf.

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I still follow the Unicorn Foundation which is working to educate everyone including GP's about Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), provides patient support and are working hard to get more Research and clinical trails happening for this rare Cancer.

In today's newsletter was the news that two of their grant applications to Tour de Cure were successful.

Thanks again for your efforts Flanman and to those that donated!

 

 

 

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