On Saturday 30 November, James Kristie Ale Cycling Australia Director will be taking part in the Tour de Mo in Tasmania, raising funds for Movember along the way. This year’s Tour de Mo will be the 8th year the Moustache Riders have tackled the Tasmanian terrain together. Last year the team raised over $42,000 for the Movember Foundation and sat in the top 10 of fund raisers in Australia.The Tour de Mo is not for the fainted hearted. This years ride covers 200+km of Tasmanian terrain from North of Pine Lake through the highlands and finishing at Frank Restaurant and Bar in Hobart.
We talked to Dan Burnaby, event organiser, about the Tour de Mo and some tips for riding in Tasmania.
What sets the Tour de Mo apart from other charity rides?
Whilst raising money is a component of the Event, the Tour de Mo is more focussed on creating a great cycling experience that encourages participants to set forth on a healthy journey, creates mateship and a wider support network and increases focus amongst the riders of men’s health issues.
What does your preparation look like?
In one word – terrible! I was planning on a hectic five weeks training push to make up for a very low base. I came down sick during the first ride which developed into pneumonia. Two week later and an even more depleted level of fitness and it is looking like an extremely tough day in the saddle on the 30th of November.
How important is riding for mental health?
Personally, I find that good session on the pedals clears the head and helps put life in perspective. It also creates a great opportunity for mates to spend some time together and chat about any challenges they may be facing or simply share a laugh.
I've heard there is some awesome riding to be had in Tassie. What are your top rides?
Tassie has some incredible terrain and fantastic country roads. This year’s Tour de Mo happens to covers some of my all-time favourite roads. The route starts in Tasmania’s central highlands alpine region, travelling along undulating roads past highland lakes, picturesque farmland and follows the Derwent River down into Hobart.
Being from Tassie you'd be used to riding in the cold, what are your top tips for riding in the cold?
Tassie loves to throw up some challenging riding conditions, irrespective of the season. Even though the Tour de Mo occurs in the last week of November we have endured snow, rain, hail and gale force winds. The key to dealing with the adverse conditions is having the right gear and having plenty of layers available.
How do people get involved for next year's Tour de Mo?
Entries usually open mid-June. Information about the Event is posted on our Facebook Page @ www.facebook.com/tourdemo and website @ www.moustacheriders.com
Ale Cycling Australia have provided the event kit for the Moustache Riders for the past 3 years. The Moustache Riders kit changes each year with the constants being the moustache logo and a splash of colour.