Tour de Ten Lives: Stage 8

Saturday, 5th September

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10am Start: Ten Lives > Collinsvale > Ten Lives (35kms) BBQ DAY!

No. of Cats surrendered from suburbs on route: 1,287
No. of Cats adopted to suburbs on route: 776

Stage 8 starts at Ten Lives at 12 Selfs Point Road with a lap out to the end of Selfs Point and returning past Ten Lives, a left turn onto Queens Walk, around Cornelian Bay and a right turn onto the bike track. Stay on the bike track though Moonah and Glenorchy, past KGV oval and the Glenorchy pool, through Grove Road and then turn left off the bike track at Riverway Road up to Main Road. Turn right onto Main Road and continue north to Marys Hope Road. Turn left and ride up the hill for 2 km to the roundabout at Berriedale Road.
Turn left up Berriedale Road for 1.5 km and then left up the punishing Collinsvale Road for a 4 km hill climb. At the top of the hill turn left onto Glen Lusk Road and cruise down into Collinsvale. Ride through picturesque Collinsvale past the school and cross the one lane bridge over the River. 100 metres past the bridge, do a U-turn at the Springdale Road intersection. Then retrace the route up the hill through Collinsvale, right at Collinsvale Road, down the hill and back onto Berriedale Road, right onto Mary’s Hope Road, then right onto Main Road, left at Riverway Road, back onto the bike track, left at Queens Walk and finish with a sausage sizzle fundraiser BBQ at Ten Lives. Please join us!

DID YOU KNOW: Ten Lives has a proud history of more than 70 years of caring for the unwanted cats and kittens of southern Hobart. It is the largest dedicated cat shelter in Tasmania. We are a voluntary, not for profit organisation dedicated to caring for and rehoming the unwanted cats and kittens of Southern Tasmania, improving feline welfare in Tasmania and encouraging responsible cat ownership. The Centre’s primary function is to re-house unwanted owned, stray and feral cats. Thousands of cats pass through the centre each year and in kitten season it’s one every 30 minutes during our seven day a week operation.

Stage 8 Gallery

David’s Day 8 debrief: Stage 8 – Ten Lives Collinsvale Loop (35kms).
Today was the big one. A great group of riders! We had legends, pro racers, plus the rest of us. I was feeling ok from what I thought was a relaxing ride last night. Big thank you to the PMM Real Estate team for their huge support, and sponsoring the stage and 4 other stages. The PMM team looked impressive in their team rigs. We headed off from Ten Lives in a picture perfect spring day. The peloton had real cruise along bike track, before re grouping at the bottom of Mary’s Hope Road, Berridale. Then the torture started! The old Collinsvale Road hill is relentless. It also gets warm on that hill. But it’s really pretty – lot of Tour de France country up there. Yours truly was struggling up there crawling along at about 10 km per hour, with the heart pumping out off the chest, whilst Nathan Earle (pro rider) was causally cruising up saying at the same time his record is 25 km per hour average for this climb. That is awesome. Anyway, eventually got up the hill with a great cruise down through Collinsvale and regroup just over the bridge. Particularly impressive was Chery and Ron Horne, the legend pair who are usually on their tandem. Equally impressive was ultra marathon runner Jacqui Guy, who is running the Tour and smashed it up the hill. A fairly uneventful but very fast back down the hill followed by a well deserved sausage sizzle at Ten Lives. The Board members of Ten Lives cook a good sausage. Also sold lots a raffle tickets, and the fundraising is working – but please continue to donate! We had a very interesting question and answer session from pro rider Nathan Earle. Stories about him riding 118km per hour, the inside gossip about Team Sky, and what’s actually in the tour food bags. Big thanks to Nathan for giving up his time and being so engaging.
The taste of the tour was obviously the sausage sizzle, and the cat of the day was Mrs Norris, as we were in Harry Potter country today.