We are proud to welcome cyclists of any level. With the help of many dedicated volunteers, ride leaders and mentors, we will help increase your skill level and ensure you know how we ride so you will be comfortable on tour.
We have rides available for all different levels of skills and fitness, but they all have one thing in common - they help raise funds to cure cancer. We've been running riding tours since 2007, we understand that cycling on public roads can be a potentially dangerous activity which carries risks. We want you to ride safe and enjoy riding in a bunch.
Check out these videos to help with your cycling skills
Credit to GCN for the use of the videos to help TDC's riders
If you follow the Training Program, you'll be ready for Tour! Make sure you know how you're tracking.
Join our TDC Bunch Rides
We have training squads in each state so make sure you are registered on Strava for your local training squad. If you would like to reach out to your local State Leader, our training organisational chart is here.
Thanks to all the State Training Teams, you are our riding lifeline and a massive support to TdC.
Join your local team and check out this week's training rides:
Please make sure you check the Strava group every week and 'Join Event' to enable us to manage numbers for each training ride and recruit Ride Leaders. Read our Training Ride conditions.
Join our Virtual Training Rides
Strava is a free app Tour de Cure uses to share our training rides and helps you track your training and fitness. Sign up on your smart phone and join our Virtual Training Squad and scroll down to 'upcoming events' for your scheduled training rides.
We run our Virtual Training Squad through Zwift with scheduled rides published on Strava each week. Zwift is an online interactive training platform where you can virtually ride with your Tour de Cure buddies. Download instructions on how to get started on your TDC virtual training.
Zwift Tips by Global Cycling Network:
- If you're daunted by Zwift watch how to set it up with a standard indoor trainer and a smart trainer
- Zwift for Beginners GCN Video
- Zwift Tips - 11 things you may not have known
Rider Skill Levels
TDC has a matrix of rider skill and fitness levels giving you a Tour Ready level. This is designed to help trainers and mentors understand your individual needs and what we need to focus on at different levels.
The Tour Ready Levels run from Level 1 through to Level 8.
Level 1 is designed as an entry level where basic riding skills are focused on. If you are new to Tour de Cure please contact the Ride Leader running the next ride on Strava and have a friendly chat about your ability to make you feel comfortable about joining a fun bunch ride!
You will be assessed by the TDC Ride Leadership team at the organised rides and given a Skill Level and a Fitness Level. Your overall Tour Ready Level will be the lower of these two numbers to give you the opportunity to up-skill if necessary. Please ask your Ride Leader if you have questions.
We understand that all riders have a level that they would like to be at and some just feel comfortable at their current level.
Our training teams will design rides around levels and link riders of similar abilities, so that concerns such as delaying the team or descending are reduced thus building confidence in the training groups. Riders can concentrate on building their skills. At the end of the day, riders helping other riders is what we are about.
We will look to run classes to focus on key skills. For instance, descending would be a separate session to a standard ride.
Every tour is unique, and we want to ensure you are informed. That's why we've created Tour-specific FAQs.
Just like on the ski fields, we ask that you self-assess to gauge your riding level.
- Check out our rider levels
- I want to join a Tour soon, what level do I need to be?
- Our thankyou policy
"As a first timer, I have to say that the whole experience (training, fundraising and tour) WELL AND TRULY exceeded my expectation.
Training rides and Tour were extremely well organised, down to tee. I literally can’t think of a single thing they could improve on… and If I did I’d only be nitpicking. I thoroughly enjoyed throwing myself into a new hobby, and felt very well supported along the whole journey."
Jacqui Logan-Powell, Westpac
Our mentor program
If you're a new rider, you will be partnered with a ride buddy who will support you with your training and fundraising, and help you with any questions or concerns you might have.