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Hotham backs a ride for a good cause - Tour de Cure 2017

Hotham backs a ride for a good cause - Tour de Cure 2017

Mount Hotham will host the commencement of the 2017 Tour de Cure ride which will take place at Hotham Heights on Friday, 24 March 2017.

Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board (MHARMB) and Mount Hotham Skiing Company (MHSC), on behalf of the community, have kindly donated to the fundraiser and have further donated some of their services to assist the event cyclists before the commencement of the tour.

The community has also taken part in donating and utilising their services to support the 2017 Tour De Cure - Hotham to Hobart. The General will host the Welcome Dinner on Thursday 23 March, Hotham Holidays property owners have donated their properties to house the riders and support crew.

A spokesperson for the CEO for MHARMB said that the Board was happy to assist with the event in any way they could.

“It’s a really great cause, and the MHARMB are standing right behind it, it’s a big deal,” Mrs Martin said.

“MHARMB is running a bus down to the airport to pick them up and bring them up here when they are flying in.

“We are also running the transit van on Thursday night for their dinner to transport them to and from the lodges.

“The Ski Company have organised through Hotham holidays and have asked their property owners to donate their properties for the few nights.

“They also organised discounted linen and free consumables for the rooms,” she said.

Known as the largest fundraising cycling event in Australia, Tour de Cure’s Signature Tour 2017 will cover 1,270kms over nine days through regional communities across Victoria and Tasmania with the goal to raise upwards of $2.4 million for cancer research, support and prevention.

Throughout the tour, the cyclists will stop at local primary schools across the states, including Harrietville Primary School, and will educate over 5,000 children in making healthy lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk, through the Tour de Cure’s Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy program.

The ride will start at Mount Hotham as the cyclists make their way along the Great Alpine Road with their first stop to be at Lakes Entrance. They will then travel along the coast before heading to Tasmania to finish off their ride in Hobart.

Mount Hotham is excited to host the Tour de Cure fundraiser and hopes that others will recognise and see the mountain as part of the alpine region's capital for bike riders, with tourism experts seeing a growth in cycle tourism in the alpine region with no sign of slowing down, in light of February’s Herald Sun Tour and participant three-time Tour De France headline act Chris Froome.

Tour de Cure will donate $10,000 to cancer projects in regional Australia along the way to local cancer projects, for each overnight stop.

There are over 150 participants registered for the cycling challenge.  Channel 7, Mark Beretta and the Sunrise Team will be crossing live from the start of the race on Friday 24 March 2017.

For anyone wishing to attend the Welcome Dinner at The General on Thursday 23 March 2017, register here

02 March 2017