“Cycling is such a great way to see the country, stay fit and keep your mind and body happy. We have the most amazing vineyards, farms and coast to see. These tours are unique. You will meet the most wonderful people farming this land, growing grapes, farming oysters, and living life to the full. They have invited us onto their land. Come on my tours and experience a new way of seeing the East Coast.
Purchase products from the cellar doors and Oyster Farm Gate. We will pick up your purchases and drop them to your accommodation. He will also drive you home after a yummy lunch and local wines! See you soon, Sally.”
Sally has a passion for life and cycling. Her achievements started years ago in her Nursing career where she cared for people of all ages, but was particularly touched by the young she looked after. Born in Victoria, in 1951, Sally moved to Tasmania with her husband and young family of three sons, all under the age of four, to enjoy the lifestyle Tasmania had to offer. After a serious illness, Sally made a promise to herself to do all the things she loved and had put on hold for some years. She went back to swimming and then started cycling, as she had always loved riding her bike when she was young. In 2002 after much training and racing with the Northern Vets Cycling Club her fitness improved. She had success racing on the road and the track on a National and World Masters level. Sally wanted to take this success a step further and do something for the community.
In 2002 Sally Fletcher, initiated, planned and implemented ‘Sally’s Ride’, a project to prevent youth suicide in Tasmania, to increase community awareness and to promote life & health. Sally rode 1400 kilometers solo around Tasmania, and in 2002 ,2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 donating the money raised to local projects to assist mental health in the youth.
Sally’s Ride has greatly increased community awareness with participation and involvement by youth and community throughout Tasmania. The project has grown so much that Sally’s Ride is now managed by the Rotary Club of Central Launceston. This year, 2017, is the 15th Sally’s Ride. Between 600 and 800 cyclists now cycle annually for this great cause.
www.sallysride.com.au Sally’s Ride – Tamar Valley Cycle Challenge.
Sally’s efforts have been acknowledged by the Tasmanian and Australian community.
In 2006, Sally was the recipient of the Tasmanian Life Award for Youth Services and she received a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Central Launceston.
In 2007, Sally was named the first individual in Tasmania and the 140th Australia wide to receive an ARHRF Gold Companion in recognition of the tangible and significant support given for the development of Rotary Health Research within Australia. She also was in the final 3 for the Awards Australia Qew Orchards Outstanding Achiever of the Year and the project reached the final ten for the Awards Australia Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award.
In 2009 she was Tasmanian Finalist in Australian of the Year.
After moving to Swansea, on the East Coast of Tasmania, Sally and her husband John set up Swansea Bike Hire in 2015. They decided to expand this project and in December 2015 launched their new business, Swansea Cycle Tours.
Sally wants to share her love of cycling and her love of the wonderful East Coast with everyone.