Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers:
What is the difference between an "Elite" and "Enthusiast" rider?
The "Elite rider" will be capable of riding over 100kms each Tour day, averaging speeds 25-32kph under pressure. We would expect them to be generally cycling 2-3 times a week, covering at least 200kms a week, have experience riding in a pack and have a moderate to high fitness level (with possibly some racing experience, although not essential).
The "Enthusiast rider" will be capable of riding 40-70km each Tour day, averaging speeds of 18-25kph. We would expect them to be generally cycling twice a week, for example a long weekend ride and a short mid-week ride, and having a moderate fitness level. It will include.those new to road cycling, or wanting to learn the techniques of pack riding or even a "tired elite" rider!
What if I get too exhausted mid-stage?
No problem, we have a support vehicle following the group,we do not expect that everyone can make it the whole way but we will give you the opportunity to try. You will be able to jump in our sag wagon until you recover and are able to re-join the ride.
What if the weather is terrible?
We have selected the Tour dates to coincide with the most consistent cycling weather in Victoria, although of course there are no guarantees! If the weather is too bad for cycling put your bike on the trailer and hop into the warm, dry coach or bring a raincoat.
How much personal luggage can we take and where is it stored during the ride?
A coach will be accompanying the Tour as well as other supporting vehicles and this will cater for personal luggage.
You do not need to much other than your kit and casual clothes for after our rides and dinners. We will cover this all in our final documents.
Do you have a mechanic? What bike tools and equipment do I need to bring?
Road bike, with standard 2 spare tubes and recently serviced.
Helmet and bike shoes along with your own bidons.(drink bottles)
Phil Anderson’s team for the tour includes a qualified bike mechanic who has access to necessary tools and essential spares to cater for most situations. Their spares range is extensive, but naturally they don’t have every part for every bike, so if you are riding a bike which has unique spares please check with us and we can advise as you may have to bring specialised parts.
How do I go about fundraising?
GoFundraise makes it easy! Set up your own fundraising page after you register, share this via email/Facebook/Twitter and other social media and check out our Fundraising Tips
How much am I expected to fundraise?
Everyone will likely set different fundraising targets as we are all individuals with our own circumstances and networks of work colleagues, family and friends. Our Second Chance Accommodation Program provides help to heart and lung transplant patients when they need it the most, so any $ raised will assist these families.
All patients require a minimum of 3 months of post transplant care before they can return home, so each apartment in the program can help 4 families every year. On average it costs $2,500 to house one family immediately after transplant, so a target of $2,500 helps one family, $5,000 helps 2 families, $7,500 helps 3 families and $10,000 helps 4 families or provides one apartment for a year. $20,000 provides 2 apartments for a year.
At the moment, demand exists for 8 apartments in total, based on the number of transplants being performed at The Alfred. It would be wonderful if we could fundraise $150,000 through a combination of local events, general donations and Tour riders to meet our ongoing needs. This is a major event for our organization.
We feel $2,500 is an achievable minimum target for any rider to help one family, but for many riders, through their networks, $5,000 or more is a better target and for some riders $10,000 or greater might be more realistic.. Of course, the more you raise, the more families we can help. If you have any concerns about fundraising please contact us as we can help in many ways to achieve your target.
Somebody has given me a cash/cheque donation, how do I bank it and credit it to my fundraising page?
Please pay in the cash to HLTTV's Westpac bank account (a/c name: HLTTV, BSB: 033002, a/c #: 415147) and email Jon Rolfe with the details of the amount and the donor. Jon will adjust your page behind the scenes. If your donor needs a receipt, please include their details in the email and Jon will ask the Treasurer to issue an official receipt.
I have organized an offline fundraising event, how do I bank the proceeds and credit it to my fundraising page?
Please pay in the cash to HLTTV's Westpac bank account (a/c name: HLTTV, BSB: 033002, a/c #: 415147) and email Jon Rolfe with the details of the amounts and the donors. Jon will adjust your page behind the scenes. If your donor needs a receipt, please include their details in the email and Jon will ask the Treasurer to issue an official receipt.
Are donations tax deductible?
Yes, all donations over $2 are tax deductible as HLTTV has DGR status from the Australian Tax Office.
Still have questions?
We are here to help so if you have questions please contact us.