29 May Cycling To Remember
Cycling To Remember
The Tour de Legacy was established in 2013 by a group of passionate and determined Adelaide cyclists, in conjunction with the Legacy Club of Adelaide. Inspired by the 1st ANZAC Cyclist Battalion, who heroically fought on the Western Front in France and Belgium during World War I.
Since its launch, the group has gone on to complete three incredibly successful tour’s; the first two across Australia; from Melbourne to Adelaide in 2013 and Canberra to Adelaide in 2015.
Following their huge achievements and fundraising efforts within Australia, they decided to take the Tour de Legacy to a whole new level in 2018, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice and year of the ANZAC centenary.
They travelled across to Europe and remarkably rode over 900km from London to Amiens, through the Western Front Battlefields of France and Belgium, concluding the trip at the Centenary Memorial Service at Villers-Bretonneux on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2018.
Together they raised over $300,000 for Legacy.
In 2021, the Tour de Legacy will be returning in full swing. This time, they will be heading across the Tasman to New Zealand.
Both countries share a very special bond, strengthened greatly when troops from both countries courageously served together during the First World War, in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).
The Anzac hero embodied bravery, service, mateship and initiative, and combined, the Australians and New Zealanders were ‘the ANZACs’. When on the Western Front, they became ‘Diggers’ and less formally, ‘Aussies’ and ‘Kiwis.
The Tour de Legacy cyclists will endure 936km across New Zealand’s North Island, commencing in Auckland at the Auckland War Memorial, and concluding in the capital of Wellington, at The National War Memorial of New Zealand. Here they will attend the dawn service on ANZAC Day, and will be formally welcomed by New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.