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Pedal along and take part in Tour de Lounge this July to help raise funds!

Publish Date: 20/5/2016

It’s that time of year again when cycling enthusiasts all around the world tune into the Tour de France, but rather than kicking back and simply watching the gruelling race, how about you get involved in the comfort of your own home?

Tour de Lounge had humble beginnings back in 2010, when Tim Grosmann’s wife Diana was undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Being the primary caretaker, Tim didn’t have much time so he bought an exercise bike to keep fit and started pedalling in front of the Tour de France, which was on at the time.

Six years on and Tour de Lounge is now an international fundraising event where over 50 “loungists” pedal 1000 kilometres each, over the three weeks the race is on. Talk about a great way to get amongst the rush of the race (without the airfares).

Since its inception, Tour de Lounge has raised more than $150,000 help the Leukaemia Foundation provide vital support services to those diagnosed with a blood cancer as well as their families. Much needed funds are also invested in Australia’s leading researchers to develop better treatments and find cures.

Not hugely active? That’s no excuse! Even Tim professed he was “absolutely not” a cyclist before Tour de Lounge, and he sure isn’t one now.

“After the first few years I thought I might be a ‘cyclist’ so I went out and bought a nice bike, but I think that still sits in the office bike cage downstairs. That was about two years ago,” Tim laughed.

If cycling 1000km over three weeks is too daunting, then you can set yourself a more achievable target such as 500km, 250km, or whatever you feel comfortable with.

“We encourage ‘loungists’ of all types, all fitness levels and all ages and we’ve had people from 10 to 85 take part over,” said Community Fundraising Coordinator, Marianne Timbrell.

Considering becoming a ‘loungist’? Tim has generously compiled a list of his tips to making the Tour de Lounge journey easier:

  • Break up the kilometres by forming a team; rope in family or friends and share the load.
  • Go as hard as you can in the first week! If you’re doing the 1000 kilometres over the three weeks, it’s about 50km a day which takes an average person about two hours. The novelty wears off a little as the weeks go on so push yourself (within reason) early on.
  • Get your kilometres any way you can. Do cycling classes together with mates, jump on the bicycle at the gym, go outside and do kilometres on the road or a bike track. As long as you’re racking them up and getting sponsored of course. Break it up and use your time wisely. If you can, use your lunchtimes to sneak in some extra kilometres.

Now you’re armed with some professional ‘loungist’ tips from the Tour de Lounge expert, all you need to do is ‘get on your bike’ to support families impacted by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders, through the Leukaemia Foundation.

Please visit Tour de Lounge for more information or to register today.

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