FORMER Korumburra Secondary College principal Peter Biggins is in full training mode for the Tour de Cure Peter Mac Ride that begins on November 26.
The tour begins at the Peter MacCallum Centre in Carlton, but riders will be heading to the water – and the Spirit of Tasmania – which will take them to Devonport.
They’ll do 100km a day for the next three days along the rugged north coast to Stanley and back before returning to Melbourne overnight on Thursday, November 30.
Peter will be the most senior of the tour’s 90 riders and there’ll also be 20 support crew members there.
Peter was invited to take part by his son in law Ben who was part of the Signature Tour de Cure from Brisbane to Sydney a few years ago.
“I’m more of a social cyclist. I do the Rotary Ride to Conference events and they’re usually over six days doing 100km per day but at our own pace.”
He says the pace in the Tour de Cure will be much quicker, and so he’s stepped up his training to suit.
It has involved weekly sessions along Beach Road in Melbourne and also with local cycling groups who ride through the South Gippsland hills.
Peter’s proud to support the cause after dealing with his own prostate cancer issues in 2013, and having many friends, particularly in Rotary, getting over or going through cancer.
“It will be a challenging course but it’s a great cause and an opportunity to get fit and work hard.”
The aim is to raise funds for pioneering cancer projects at the Peter MacCallum Centre, one of the world’s leading cancer research, education and treatment centres.
It is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer.
Tour de Cure started in 2007 and has since funded 266 cancer projects, involving some exceptionally talented scientists and brilliant researchers.
This has resulted in 21 significant breakthroughs in research and care.
The mission for Tour de Cure is to cure cancer and the goal by 2020 is to reach $60 million.
Each participant in the tour is required to raise $3000 and the aim for the group as a whole $1 million. More than $250,000 has already been raised.
To help Peter and the tour members reach their goal, go to tourdecure.com.au and click Donate. To select team member type in Peter Biggins (Peter Mac Ride 2017) and follow the prompts.