Not content with a 158.7km ride from Glenelg to Strathalbyn during the Tour Down Under, Lee Hanatschek is adding an extra 42km to make it a 200km day.
The 41-year-old from the Gold Coast is flying to Adelaide for The Challenge Tour on January 19 but with his eye on a much bigger goal in May — the Tour de Cure which will take him 1287km from Sydney to Geelong.
“This will be the second time I’ve done the Challenge Tour and I’m using it as a bit of a training run to get some more fitness in,” he said.
“My father passed away from cancer 23 years ago on January 4 and I’ve had a lot of people in my life affected by cancer, the latest of which was a school mate so I thought while I’m fit and healthy I would do something to raise money and help.
“So I’ve signed up to do the Tour de Cure in May and the Challenge Tour will be good preparation.
“I’m riding it with my brother and we’re increasing it to make it a 200km day.”
Hanatschek has been riding about 250km a week in training on the Gold Coast but upped the ante to crack the ‘festive 500’ in between Christmas and New Year last week so should be coming to the TDU in good form.
“The Tour Down Under ride is very well organised, I did it in 2014 and loved it,” he said.
“I used to live in Adelaide but moved to the Gold Coast 14 years ago and really only got into cycling five years ago.
“The Tour Down Under has given Adelaide something to be really proud of, that and the Adelaide 500 are two very iconic events with South Australia now.”
The Challenge Tour, presented by The Advertiser, offers recreational cyclists the choice of four distances ranging from 34.5km to 158.7km along the same route as the professionals who will tackle the course as part of Stage 5 of this year’s TDU.
Visit www.tourdownunder.com.au to enter.