The Brisbane Street mall in Launceston was buzzing on Thursday morning, as Tour de Cure riders continued their epic Hotham to Hobart ride.
Since 2007, the event has raised $30 million for cancer research, but organisers said they would keep riding until a cure was found.
German cyclist and 17-time Tour de France rider Jens Voigt was among the 175 riders, and said he would be back at least seven more times to take part in the charity event.
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“I’m in my third year retirement and once I saw my retirement approaching, I figured I’d get something I want to do, so I got in contact with some people from Tour de Cure.
“So now three years retirement, three years Tour de Cure, and I’m aiming of coming back another seven times at least, so 10 Tour de Cure participations will be my aim.”
Tour de Cure is one of Australia’s most well-known cycling events outside professional racing. This year’s ride covers 1270 kilometres through regional communities in Victoria and Tasmania, from Hotham to Hobart.
It aims to raise more than $2.2 million this year to fund life-saving cancer research, support and prevention programs.