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Swapping boardroom for bike in Tasmania's Tour de Kids

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Peter Evans in last year's Tour de Kids. Cycle Traveller

Peter Evans is more commonly found in the boardroom of Colliers International where he is the National Director for Corporate Solutions. However, since November, the Melbournite has been getting out on the road, having pedalled an impressive 6,000km in preparation for this year’s Tour de Kids, a 1,000km challenge through Tasmania to raise funds for seriously ill children.

“The tour is a feat of endurance which places riders in a very different realm to their everyday life in the boardroom or in front of a computer,” says Peter, who will be riding alongside 58 other executives through the course, which is as spectacular as it is rugged.

The annual Tour de Kids has been running since 1988 and challenges company executives to compete, both physically and financially, in support of the Starlight Foundation. This year’s ride, which kicks off on March 16, runs from Hobart to Strahan, via Launceston and Cradle Mountain over the course of a week.

Peter is aiming to raise $25,000 for the Starlight Foundation, while his team, Team Colliers-Mirvac-Aviva, is targeting a whopping $600,000. While the ride is yet to kick off, Team Colliers-Mirvac-Aviva has already hit third place in the fundraising stakes, however they are still very far from their target. At the time of writing, all riders participating in the Tour have so far raised just over $179,000.

For Peter, the cause has a personal element.

“I have been blessed with two healthy children, but in recent times I have watched on as my best friend’s nephew, Lucias, has undergone extensive surgery and post-operative treatment for a brain tumour that he developed at the age of eight," he says.

“Lucias is currently in remission and being re-evaluated on a regular basis, but the challenge is ongoing. This ride is a physical and emotional challenge but I hope it will greatly benefit kids like Lucias and their families."

Tour de Kids 2013 is sponsoring the Starlight Express Room at Sydney Children's Hospital, enabling the delivery of Starlight’s programs for more than 14,600 childhood admissions each year.

If you would like to sponsor Peter or any of the Tour de Kids riders, please visit the Tour de Kids fundraising page.

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