Team keeps ped­dling Movem­ber mes­sage

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - CHANEL KINNIBURGH

TAS­MA­NIA’S Mous­tache Riders team re­fused to let the wet and windy weather put the brakes on their an­nual Tour de Mo event.

About 85 cy­clists stepped it up a gear yes­ter­day and ped­alled more than 200km from Fr­eycinet to Ho­bart, along the East Coast, for Movem­ber and men’s health.

The group cel­e­brated the chal­leng­ing ride with a bar­be­cue and beers at Frank Restau­rant af­ter rolling into Maw­sons Place about 5pm.

Mous­tache Rider and or­gan­iser Dan Burn­aby, of Tol­mans Hill, said the an­nual ride was about much more than rais­ing money for Movem­ber.

“It fos­ters guys go­ing out and rid­ing to­gether in a group, which not only cre­ates a sup­port net­work but also helps them work on their fit­ness and look af­ter them­selves,” he said.

“We have some guys on the team who re­ally strug­gled to do the 200km five years ago, and now you find them sit­ting at the front of the pelo­ton rid- ing strong and sup­port­ing oth­ers.”

Mr Burn­aby thanked Tas­ma­nia Po­lice for con­trol­ling the traf­fic along the route.

The riders were last night sit­ting in the top 10 Movem­ber fundrais­ing teams in Aus­tralia, with more than $33,000 al­ready raised. They have set them­selves a tar­get of $40,000.

The Tour de Mo cranked its way across Tas­ma­nia for the first time in 2012.

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