Tour de Office Ride Week is coming – October 10 – 14 October 2022!

Tour de Office is your ‘off-the-shelf’ workplace wellness and fundraising event solution. To date, the  “in-office” corporate cycle challenge has raised over $1.3 million for charity and runs for one week during October in various locations around Australia – and the globe!

The corporate cycle relay challenge gives participating organisations an opportunity to raise funds for a charity of their choice through peer-to-peer fundraising. Not only that, but it also raises awareness about the health risks workers face by sitting for extended periods of time. During the week long relay event organisations host a stationary bike within their workplace and encourage staff to ride 30 minute legs.

If your organisation is looking to boost employee engagement, corporate wellness, team building, social responsibility, and client engagement – then Tour de Office is for you.

Explore our 2022 packages and choose what suits your organisation download them here.

If you’re a repeat host and would like a custom quote based on an event using your existing Tour de Office equipment, contact us today.

We would love to hear from you if there’s a cause you’re passionate about supporting, or if you are a charity looking to increase your fundraising. Our friendly team is here to talk you through how you can engage your team with Tour de Office.

Tour de Office Ride Week is coming this October 2022 – dates to be announced soon!

Tour de Office is your ‘off-the-shelf’ workplace wellness and fundraising event solution. To date, the corporate cycle challenge has raised over $1.3 million for charity and runs for one week during October in various locations around Australia – and the globe!

The corporate cycle challenge gives participating organisations an opportunity to raise funds for a charity of their choice through peer-to-peer fundraising. Not only that, but it also raises awareness about the health risks workers face by sitting for extended periods of time. During the week long relay event organisations host a stationary bike within their workplace and encourage staff to ride 30 minute legs.

It’s a fun way to engage your staff and is suitable for all fitness levels – no lycra required!

We would love to hear from you if there’s a cause you’re passionate about supporting, or if you are a charity looking to increase your fundraising. Our friendly team is here to talk you through how you can engage your team with Tour de Office.

The team at Healthy Workplaces is delighted to announce the appointment of Amy Hyslop as Charity Leader.

Healthy Workplaces Board Member Tudor Marsden Huggins said Amy was chosen after an extensive and extremely competitive selection process.

“Amy is an outstanding choice, bringing a wealth of experience from both a philanthropic and business background,” he said.

Previously Ms Hyslop was the Acting CEO of Brisbane Writers Festival and has experience in senior roles with QUT, UQ, The International Water Centre and Musica Viva.

“This appointment marks an exciting new chapter for Healthy Workplaces and the Board is looking forward to working with Amy to ensure the charity continues to deliver on its remit to produce fun and engaging corporate wellness initiatives” Mr Huggins said.

Commenting on the appointment, Ms Hyslop said she was excited to be taking on the role.

“I look forward to working with the board to deliver high quality fundraising and corporate wellness initiatives.”

“Healthy Workplaces is in great shape and I’m looking forward to exploring how we can expand the reach and influence even further of our robust events program.”

The team at Healthy Workplaces is delighted to announce that our charity has been selected as the charity partner of choice for Brisbane Cycling Festival’s B-Well Day – Friday 8 April 2022.

B-Well Day is a positive promotion of health and wellbeing and has a corporate workplace focus.

A highlight of B-Well Day is the all-new B-Well Corporate Teams Challenge that will take place on the King St Kick-It Street Criterium Circuit that the elite National Road Series riders will race later that evening.

The B-Well Corporate Teams Challenge is an exciting opportunity for the business community to get their staff and/or clients together to enjoy an exciting, fun teams event raising money for a great charity.

FORMAT: Four (4) people per team 30 minutes plus 2 laps Individual and team prizes.

HOSPITALITY: Access to the Beerhaus King St Kick It VIP event including beverages and canapes to watch the elite racing.

TEAM PRICE: $900 (GST ex)

TEAM FUNDRAISING TARGET: $1,000 per team.

You can book your tickets here to support Healthy Workplaces.

You can also join Spokes and Jokes as part of B-Well Day.

Spokes ‘n Jokes officially launches a massive 3 day festival program at the Brisbane Showgrounds & King St precinct!

In 2022 Spokes ‘n Jokes will embrace our new initiative; “B- Well Day” – a theme day designed to actively promote positive health and wellbeing.

Hosted by Matt Keenan of SBS Sport, this relaxed cocktail style event on the Beerhaus lawns of King St will include guest speakers, comedian and interviews with current and past stars across all disciplines of cycling including Gold Medalist Logan Martin.

Guests will enjoy a 2 hour beverage and canapé package and will have the opportunity to stay on to enjoy all the action of the all new Festival Corporate Teams Challenge and the King St Kick-it Street Criterium racing taking over King St and Gregory Terrace for the evening.

Tour de Office is gearing up for its biggest year yet and we’re excited to once again work with our incredible hosts to #quitthesit.

Now in its 10th year, the corporate cycle relay challenge is continuing to raise awareness about the health risks office workers face by sitting for prolonged periods of time. Research shows that sitting for over 4 hours per day greatly increases your risk of chronic disease no matter how much exercise you do

In addition, the event has raised over $1.25 million dollars for charity to date, as participating organisations raise funds through peer-to-peer fundraising.

If your organisation is looking to boost employee engagement, corporate wellness, team building, social responsibility, and client engagement – then Tour de Office is for you.

The 2020 ride week dates are…

25 – 29 May 2020

19 – 23 October 2020

As always, we offer custom events so you have the flexibility to run your own cycle challenge when it suits your calendar.

2020 Packages

Explore our 2020 packages and choose what suits your organisation! Download them here.

If you’re a repeat host and would like a custom quote based on an event using your existing Tour de Office equipment, contact us today.

Or, if you have any questions about how Tour de Office can work for your organisation this year, we would love to hear from you.

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The start of a new year is a common time for people to set new health and fitness goals. Following a relaxing break from work, it is the time of year that people are most motivated to put some of their aspirations into action, and potentially break some bad habits too.

Unfortunately, a study by Statistic Brain found that only 20% of people who set goals at the start of a new year actually achieve them. Below, we share our tips on how to achieve your health goals in 2020, and be part of the 20%!

Tip #1 – Write it down
Thinking to yourself, ‘I’m going to start cycling to work this year’ isn’t going to cut it. Instead, we suggest setting aside one hour to sit down with a pen and paper, consider what you want to achieve, and write it down. When writing your goals out, we suggest writing it in present tense to bring your vision to life. Also try to be as specific as possible, for example, with things like distances and frequency. See an example below:

What not to write:
I will ride my bike to work more often.

What to write:
I ride my bike to work three times a week; covering a distance of 20km every day I ride.

Tip #2 – Set a timeframe
If you’re just starting out and you cycle 20km three times per week, you’re going to get very sore, very quickly. This might lead to an injury or you giving up, which is what we want you to avoid! When you write down your goals, set a timeframe in which you want to achieve them. Perhaps it can start as one day per week for the first month, and then increase to two days per week in the second month. And of course, set the date that you will achieve your goal.

Want to go one step further? Set calendar reminders for your key dates so you are notified when a milestone is coming up.

Tip #3 – Tell people
At this point, you’ve written down your detailed goal, in present tense, with a timeframe. You’re accountable to yourself. The next step is to share the details of your goal with some friends or family. Their support and interest will help to keep you motivated and accountable. Who knows – you might even find someone is setting out on a similar journey to you, or maybe you will inspire someone else to achieve their goal!

Tip #4 – Prioritise your time
I recently heard someone say, ‘we spend eight hours a day sleeping, eight hours a day at work, and then we have eight hours a day left to do whatever we like’. While the math adds up, there are many other day-to-day tasks that aren’t factored into this equation.

Let’s be realistic here… minus the time we spend on commuting, cooking, and cleaning, we most likely have about three hours left. Make sure you spend that time meaningfully by allocating a certain amount of your day to achieving your goal. Even an hour a day will add up to seven hours per week.

We hope you find these tips useful as you set out to achieve your health and fitness goals in 2020!

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63,000 dollars raised. 8300km cycled. 595 riders. 12 organisations. 9 charities. 3 countries. 1 month.

These are just some of the incredible statistics from a very busy October at the Tour de Office Foundation.

As always we had some friendly competition amongst our hosts, with Pure Storage taking first place for total funds raised, and The Motorama Group in a very close second place.

Pure Storage

Pure Storage were the hosts of the first Tour de Office ride week for October, and the first international Tour de Office ever. During their ride week, Pure Storage hosted a bike in their offices in Singapore, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sydney. Together, the four locations fundraised $10,824 to support their selected charities – Cancer Council and SPCA – and cycled over 1400km, all while taking in some spectacular city views. 

Aon Melbourne

Aon riders supported the Beacon Foundation and raised $3,133. With two bikes set up in the office, no one was lonely on their ride and the level of competition was high.

Employment Office Brisbane

Employment Office Brisbane clocked up the most kilometres on the bike during our October Ride Week. Opting for two bikes this year, they rode 1185km and raised $7,266 for the Lung Foundation Australia. Among their riders was an Elvis Presley impersonator and a 34-week-pregnant mum.

EY Brisbane

EY Brisbane supported Youngcare, with their riders fundraising $7,738. Perhaps this result was thanks to encouragement from special guests Bananas in Pyjamas and Batman’s sidekick, Robin. These visits helped keep the spirits high as the riders pedalled over 700km. 

News Corp Australia

Funds were collected the old-fashioned way at News Corp, as riders donated their time to collect cash contributions from anyone who hadn’t made their way to the online event platform. News Corp Australia raised $3,285 for The Courier Mail Children’s Fund.

Optiver

We were excited to have Optiver on board as a host for the first time this October. They raised $225 for Beacon Foundation while riding over 400km on the bike.

PwC Brisbane

PwC Brisbane’s riders fundraised $3,431 for Starlight Children’s Foundation. Their cycling efforts were incredible as they rode over 870km. To create some internal competition, they kept track of their rides with a leaderboard – maybe this is why they rode so far.

PwC Melbourne

PwC Melbourne participated to raise money for Starlight Children’s Foundation. The riders fundraised $5,685 for the charity and rode over 500km. Similar to the PwC Brisbane office, they used an internal leaderboard to create some healthy competition and encourage riders to #quitthesit.

State Street

State Streets riders raised $1,390 to support the Beacon Foundation and covered over 570km. One rider at State Street cycled over 130km during the October ride week; that is the second-highest distance travelled by any rider that week.

The Motorama Group

The Motorama Group joined us for their fifth year with Tour de Office. As they were familiar with the event, we expected great things from the riders… and they delivered. They supported both Starlight Children’s Foundation and White Cloud Foundation, with the riders raising a total of $10,565. In Halloween costumes and a green morph suit, the riders impressively completed over 860km on the bike.

Wiley

Wiley’s first event with Tour de Office saw their riders raise $9,627 to support FareShare. The riders distance was just as impressive as their fundraising, as they pedalled over 950km. Though it is no surprise as they had an amazing set-up for their riders that featured a 6ft screen where riders could pick a program of their choice – how could you not be motivated?

Hobart Airport

Hobart Airport hosted a 5-hour pop-up Tour de Office event in late October to raise money for Beacon Foundation. Riders managed to cover 168km in their short amount of time on the bike. This incredible feat was managed with an audience of airline passengers as the bike sat in the middle of the airport terminal. 

 

 

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When Tour de Office began in 2011, Employment Office Brisbane was one of the first companies to join the tour. Since then, Employment Office has continued its support of the event, participating for the past 9 years. Employment Office has raised over $11,500 just within the last three years for Australian Charities. In the lead up to the final ride week of 2019, it’s time we shed light on the work of Employment Office and what they are doing to #quitthesit.

Employment Office’s 2019 Charity of Choice

This year they chose to support the local charity, Lung Foundation Australia. Employment Office has set out to raise $10,000 for the Lung Foundation. Employment Office host an in-office auction in the ride week to help them achieve their fundraising goal. Staff can auction off services (some popular ones are kitchen cleaning duty for a month, free car park or to wear an embarrassing costume on the bike) to raise money for Lung Foundation Australia. 

They have also purchased a second bike this year meaning they have up to 160 time slots for their riders. The bikes are set up in the office weeks in advance so staff can train and make the most of their ride in the event week. 

Where will the donations go?

Lung Foundation Australia is Australia’s leading lung health charity. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in Australia but did you know…

34 Australians are diagnosed with lung cancer each day 

 

There are over 30 types of lung cancer that can affect smokers, ex-smokers and never smokers

 

25 people die from lung cancer every day

 

There is only a 17% survival rate after 5 years

 

⅓ Australians believe people with lung cancer only have themselves to blame

 

The money raised from the riders at Employment Office Brisbane will go towards funding imperative research and programs to support Australians diagnosed with lung cancer. As little as $50 can connect a person living with lung cancer to Lung Foundation Australia support centre and as much as $200 can help fund life-changing research.

Teaming up with Lung Foundation was a natural fit for Employment Office and Tour de Office as we both support a healthy lifestyle. We are excited to watch the riders at Employment Office #quitthesit and see how much they can raise for Lung Foundation Australia. Donations are open for the next 4 weeks and feel free to check out the sweaty faces of EO in the event week, maybe you’ll feel inspired to jump on a TDO bike. 

If riding a bike or raising money for charity is your thing (or even better, a combination of both!) then you must have ridden in Tour De Office.

You’re red in the face and dripping sweat, your legs are burning, you’re outfitted as your favourite superhero and you’re thinking:

‘I’m so sad I only get to do this once a year.’

And it is sad. A year seems far too long to wait to have fun with your workmates while raising money for a great cause close to your heart.

Be sad no more –  there are many events that involve jumping on a bike, pedalling hard and raising money for charity. Many are local to you, maybe you’re riding the coastlines or into the countryside or in one big circle around your city. There are also rides that take you that little bit further, to help scratch that itch when you’re not riding Tour De Office in the comfort of your office.

Fantastic Brissie based charity, Smiling for Smiddy raises money for vital cancer research while you get to ride your bike. One of their challenges is in New Zealand spread over 5 days where you’ll get to cycle up mountains and through lush valleys and maybe spot a Hobbit or two along the way (or more likely some sheep).

Yes, it is outdoors and you will have to leave the security of your office to ride. Yes, the bike does move and you will require to balance on it. Yes, it is not a replacement for Tour De Office but it does sound fun with a twist of awesome cause.

So while you’re waiting for Tour De Office to come around again next year you have a really good excuse for an overseas holiday while helping get the one-up on cancer.