29 May Cycling To Remember
Cycling To Remember
2018 marks the final year of the Centenary of Anzac (2014-2018), Australia’s most important period of national commemoration. It is a time to honour the service and sacrifice of the original ANZACs, and the generations of servicemen and women who have defended us.
A century ago, the Australian Cycling Corps rode into war as part of the Australian Imperial Force. Fighting on the Western Front in France and Belgium during World War I, they were initially used as despatch riders. However, during the later periods of semi-open warfare in 1917 and 1918, they conducted reconnaissance and patrolling, operating similar to a cavalry.
Although not used as a fighting unit, they were regularly exposed to artillery fire and attacks by hostile aircrafts. Approximately 3,000 men served in the Australian Cycling Corps.
This year, we pay tribute to those who cycled into war by bringing Tour de Legacy to the centre of it all. We cycle in honour of those who selflessly sacrifice themselves in the line of duty, to protect us and our freedoms.
In particular, this ride will be held in honour of Lieutenant Colin Hales, a South Australian soldier who was sadly the only officer within the 1st ANZAC Cyclist Battalion to lose his life during the war.
Over eight days, the cyclists of Tour de Legacy will retrace the ANZAC’s steps throughout battlefields across the Western Front in Belgium and France.
Beginning November 2nd 2018, we will travel between two continents and across four countries, covering over 900kms in total. With the added intensity of riding through the chill of a European winter, this year’s tour will be a testament to our cyclists’ determination, bravery and camaraderie – a true tribute to the ANZACs and their incredible strength and dedication during the war.
All funds raised will help Legacy support the families of those injured or killed during or after their defence force service. As November fast approaches, we ask that you partner with us to support the legacy of those who have sacrificed so much.
Take a look at the trailer of a documentary soon to be released to the public about the Legacy journey.VIEW TRAILER