The Australian 2006 Le Tour Handcycle from October 24-28 will cover 500km over five days and visit 35 towns, promoting the 'get active' message. All pedalled by hand, Le Tour will travel from Horsham to Melbourne via Glenorchy, Stawell, Halls Gap, Ararat, Beaufort, Snake Valley, Smythesdale, Ballarat, Buninyong, Meredith, Lethbridge, Geelong, Corio, Lara, Werribee, Altona and Footscray. The aim of the tour is to help those in rural areas become more physically active while showing children that disability is no boundary to real ability.
Along the route the tour group will visit many primary schools and secondary school students and the general public will join them in riding sections. Local Cycling clubs (Horsham and Stawell) have been involved in organising racing events and special recreational rides to run in conjunction with the event. There are a limited number of available places for the public to join the team.
Several Australian Cycling Foundation races will also be part of Le Tour Handcycle 2006 giving the opportunity for local residents to see national level competition on their own doorstep. The Victoria Police cycling unit will escort the group from Altona to Wurundjeri WaySouthbank Queens bridge Melbourne on the final leg of Le Tour.
To register as a participant in Le Tour Handcycle or to have a community group or school included in the 2006 activities, visit the website www.wsv.org.au.