Fundraising auction for her 1110km Tour de Cure campaign
INVERLOCH’S Renee McLennan is riding 300km a week as she prepares for the gruelling Tour de Cure that will take participants from Mackay to Cape Tribulation and back to Cairns.
All up, she’ll ride 1110km between April 27 and May 5. The longest stage will be a 168km ride, the shortest, 108km.
The Tour de Cure raises funds for cancer research, support and prevention project, and as a breast cancer survivor, Renee hasn’t needed much motivation to train.
She’s under no illusions that it will be easy, though.
She’s followed the Tour de Cure coaching regime and hit the hills around South Gippsland and Bass Coast. She includes Mt Misery, The Gorge and the Loch hills in her rides of up to 120km.
“I’m enjoying it,” she said.
“Some rides take five and a half hours and sometimes I do struggle a little and count down the kilometres.”
But she said the pain is nothing like cancer treatment, beginning with surgery, followed by chemotherapy, hormone therapy and radiation.
“The aim of the tour is to cure cancer and raise money for research and make treatments better and less invasive. It’s certainly something I don’t want to go through again.”
Renee is one of only 120 riders involved in this year’s Signature Tour, and one of just 70 who will be going the full distance.
She was inspired to take part when the Tour de Cure came through South Gippsland last year, stopping for a night at the RACV Inverloch Resort.
Renee went for the dinner, met the riders and thought it was something she should do.
“Everyone was so friendly. There was a great vibe and it just made me want to give it a crack.”
She applied immediately for this year’s ride and was accepted in August and has been training ever since.
After getting the all clear from her doctors, Renee began a personal fitbess campaign the led to her complete three local triathlons, where she worked out cycling was her thing.
“I hate running and I can’t swim in the ocean, so cycling was the way forward of the three.”
To take part in the Tour de Cure, each rider has to commit to raising a total, and Renee has set herself a goal of $12,000.
She’s halfway there after running a Spinathon at Voyage Fitness in Leongatha, a movie night at Stadium 4 and winery tour.
Her final fundraiser, a Goods and Services auction, is coming up this Saturday night, March 24 at The Esplanade Hotel’s Captain’s Lounge from 6.30pm.
Among the big ticket items are a $1000 travel voucher donated by Leongatha Travel and Cruise, a big Weber barbecue from Mitre 10 in Inverloch, a $300 voucher from Bairs Hotel, dinner for two at Parliament House thanks to MP Melina Bath, a two night stay in a holiday house at Phillip Island and lots of other vouchers and hampers thanks to local businesses.
In all, there will be 60 items up for grabs.
Tickets are $50 a head an include canapes and a drink on arrival and entertainment from Russell Hemming.
Tickets are available at the door but to make sure you don’t miss out, pre-book at https://www.trybooking.com/UFII.
More information can be found on Facebook, search ‘Renee’s Tour De Cure – Riding to cure Cancer’.
If you can’t make it and would like to donate, go to the Tour de Cure website and follow the links to Renee’s page.