Section: Tour de Ten Lives

Tour de Ten Lives: Stage 1

Saturday, 29th August

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10am Start: Long Beach Lower Sandy Bay > Long Beach, Lower Sandy Bay (39kms)

No. of Cats surrendered from suburbs on route: 253
No. of Cats adopted to suburbs on route: 279

The 2020 1/4 tour starts Saturday 29 August with an unconventional stage, formed by 3 loops.
The stage starts outside the Blue Strawberry Takeaway in the Lower Sandy Bay car park. The first two identical loops take you right, along flat Sandy Bay Road past “My Ride” then left up the short sharp hill of Byron Street, onto Molle Street and then left up the rivulet track to South Hobart, and an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the Historic Woman’s Prison on Syme Street and Degraves Street, returning by Cascade Road/ Macquarie Street. Turn right into Antill Street which leads into Regent Street and Churchill Avenue. This undulating course passes the University of Tasmania and Alexander Battery before turning left onto Sandy Bay Road and continuing for the second loop.
The last loop follows the same course up Bryon Street, but turns left into leafy Fitzroy Place past all the historic houses, then left again into Regent Street, past the University of Tasmania and then turning left down Nelson Road and right onto Sandy Bay Road and returning to the start line at the Lower Sandy Bay car park.

DID YOU KNOW: The Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart is a former Australian workhouse for female convicts in the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land. Operational between 1828 and 1856, the factory is now one of the 11 sites that collectively comprise the Australian Convict Sites, listed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO. Representing the female experience, the Cascades Female Factory demonstrates how penal transportation was used to expand Britain’s spheres of influence, as well as to punish and reform female convicts. (Wikipedia) South Hobart is also the original location for the Hobart Cat Centre, now known as Ten Lives.

Stage 1 Gallery

David’s Day 1 debrief: Stage 1 – Long Beach, Lower Sandy Bay (39kms).
Wow, what a way to start the Tour. No controversy here. A warm sunny Hobart day, and lots of riders. The start was delayed 10 minutes because of media interviews etc (imagine what the real tour would be like! You are trying to get your bike organised whilst at the same time trying to pose for pictures!)
The tour got underway from our version of Nice, France, being the beach at Lower Sandy Bay, with a lovely ride up a busy Sandy Bay Road, followed our by a very tranquil ride up the Rivulet track next to the Hobart Rivulet up to South Hobart. Lots of people out enjoying the sunshine. After an uneventful but hilly first lap, the fast guys took off. (Rowan & Chappy) Don’t be fooled – 20kms in I Just realised I only had 1005.5km to go. It’s going to be a long way.
Two more laps with more of the same- Hills, hills and more hills.
The bonus was the finish, cafe and iced coffee! Feeling good. Only 986.75km to go!
Today’s leg was sponsored by Felix the Cat, and ER Henry Wherrett & Benjamin. The taste of the tour was a particularly nice Raspberry Cake. The award for the most aggressive rider went to Simon Himson (for doing an extra 5kms)!