Italians come to Tasmania to ride for StGiles

Team Maglia Nera will circumnavigate Tasmania with an ambitious plan to raise $10,000 for children’s disability services at StGiles.

The crew left from StGiles at 9.30am, Thursday November 28 and return to Launceston’s City Park at noon, Saturday December 7, where they will be met by 100 StGiles families and supporters for their annual Christmas picnic.

Maglia Nera chose StGiles because Ms Fuser was inspired after meeting StGiles client Emma Barnett, 9, who has cerebral palsy.

Their first ride, in March, raised $5000 for StGiles.

Going forward, the ride will be scheduled annually, for the week before the annual Stan Siejka Classic.

Maglia Nera Tours is a cycling tour operator who runs road, mountain bike and gravel tours around the world with a clear motto of ‘you don’t need to come first to be a winner’

The Maglia Nera ‘Black Jersey’ was awarded to the final rider in the Giro d’ Italia between 1946 and 1951, becoming an extremely prestigious award as it gave the rider automatic entry into the following years Giro. The Maglia Nera was eventually excluded because riders were beginning to focus on methods of ‘hiding’ in order to arrive at the finish line before the maximum cut-off.

Maglia Nera Tours hashtag #icamelast  celebrates the non-competitive dimension of the sport and the aim of the company to have their guests ‘enjoy’ cycling rather than aim to win.

Yvette Fuser, Director of Maglia Nera Tours said: ‘many people join our tours for the first time, with their Garmins, Wahoo and Strava activated ready to race, but only notice at the end of the day they had missed so many great sites compared to their slower counterparts! After a few rides they begin to slow down and look around as we take them on some of the most beautiful roads for cycling’

The Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride was first destined to be a commercial tour which would add the series of popular ‘circumnavigation’ tours which have been running for several years, including exotic locations such as Sardinia (Italy), Corsica (France) and Majorca (Spain).