Jacobson, Webb to tackle Tour de Cure

Garry Jacobson (left) and Jonathon Webb (right)

Garry Jacobson and his Team Sydney boss Jonathon Webb will set off tomorrow for the Tour de Cure charity cycling event.

Starting in Newcastle, the pair will cover 900km in the next seven days as they ride to Coffs Harbour, via Tamworth and Grafton, to raise money for cancer research, support, and prevention projects.

Team Sydney/Tekno Autosports has been a partner of Tour de Cure since 2010, and its #22 PremiAir Hire ZB Commodore carries the ride’s logo on its bonnet.

The major sponsor of the other Team Sydney entry, Local Legends Meat Snacks, is also supporting the event including through provision of product.

“The time I spent riding with Tour de Cure was one of the most meaningful experiences I have had,” said Webb, the squad’s managing director.

“TDC showcase how every effort and each dollar can make a huge impact to support those who are touched by cancer, particularly individuals and families in regional communities where care and support for cancer patients is limited.

“I am grateful to ride with TDC again in 2021 and do my part to support the Tour de Cure.”

Jacobson, in his first season with Team Sydney, added, “I’ve wanted to be involved in the Tour de Cure for a long time now and this is my first chance of what I hope to be many in the future.

“Cycling has been something I love to do away from the racetrack, so it was an easy decision for me to help TDC raise awareness and play my part to find a cure while doing something I really enjoy.

“The Webb family and Tekno has been known to support the charity consistently for the last 10 years in every way possible, on and off the track.

“So, to be representing Team Sydney tomorrow is something I’m taking very seriously and am extremely honoured to be a part of.”

Another prominent figure in Supercars, Seven Network presenter Mark Beretta, is a Tour de Cure board member.

He welcomed the involvement of Webb and Jacobson, who will be among a group of over 140 cyclists and support crew.

“Jonathon Webb and his team have been great long-term supporters of cancer charity Tour de Cure, and this year Jonathon and Garry Jacobson will be jumping on the bikes for the 2021 Tour de Cure ride starting in Newcastle and covering 1000km to Coffs Harbour via the inland route,” said Beretta.

“It’s a different way for Garry Jacobson to get 1000km in the tank before Bathurst in October, but he’ll be the fittest driver on the grid after it!

“Tour de Cure has raised close to $70 million for cancer research, support and prevention and is encouraging the rest of the Supercars world and fans to get active in March and punch out some ‘K’s to Cure Cancer’! Ride, run, swim, walk, or walk the dog to raise money to cure cancer.”

The 2021 Tour de Cure is the 14th in its history, which has thus far raised over $66 million and funded 554 world class cancer research, support, and prevention projects.

It has provided grants which have helped deliver 45 scientific cancer breakthroughs, TDC’s stated measure of success; donated more than $1.85 million in local cancer grants helping regional communities dealing with cancer; and shared a ‘Be Fit Be Healthy Be Happy’ cancer prevention message with more than 160,000 children around the country.

Grants of $10,000 will be provided in communities which the tour visits over the coming week, to spend on local cancer support programmes and services.

From Newcastle, the fleet will head up into the Hunter Valley tomorrow, then on to Muswellbrook, Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes, Grafton, and Coffs Harbour.

Jacobson will next be in action in the Repco Supercars Championship at the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint on April 10-11.

Tour de Cure 2021 schedule

  1. Friday 26 March, Newcastle to Hunter Valley (Tour Experience), 116km
  2. Saturday 27 March, Hunter Valley to Muswellbrook (Tour Experience), 130km
  3. Sunday 28 March, Muswellbrook to Tamworth, 160km
  4. Monday 29 March, Tamworth to Armidale, 160km
  5. Tuesday 30 March, Armidale to Glen Innes, 118km
  6. Wednesday 31 March, Glen Innes to Grafton, 140km
  7. Thursday 1 April, Grafton to Coffs Harbour, 89km

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