The RSL Active program has participated in the Tour Down Under for the first time and the results are impressive. An average of 25 cyclists rode each day, with some cyclists riding 560 kilometres across the six days. The RSL Active brand, including cycling kits and support vehicles, was exposed to over 700,000 spectators who attended the cycling festival.
The South Australian riders were joined by seven veterans from Redcliffe RSL (QLD) who were welcomed with open arms including the obligatory hill climbs at Norton Summit and Mt Lofty. The Bupa Challenge presented another test – 164km for the day – and a family BBQ at the popular Willunga Stage on Saturday was the place to be. Mark Reidy, RSL Active Coordinator, had some great support from his crew including Sonya Kloeden and Tim Loft who made sure they parked at the top of every hill and shouted encouragement to all riders. Local sponsors included Paradise Motors Mazda, Bici Espresso e Pasticceria, International Cycles and Salopian Inn McLaren Vale.
The TDU has allowed RSL Active to meet some if its objectives including mateship, peer to peer support and active participation in the community, essential ingredients for veterans on their road to recovery