21 October 2017

TDL History

The Tour de Lounge was founded in 2010 when Grozzi’s wife, Diana was undergoing chemo treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Being bored hanging around the unit with the responsibility of caretaker he thought riding an exercise bike while watching the Tour de France would help him kill some time. It wasn’t long before the bike had pole position in front of the TV and it felt like he was riding in the peloton itself. Weekly updates to friends and family about the health of his wife gradually morphed into updates about his performance in the Tour de Lounge Room. The caretaker ended up turning into the TdL athlete and appointed the chemo patient as his Tour Manager – though he often noted about lack of commitment from his Tour Manager.

In 2011 the Tour Manager (now in remission) was called up for duty again. However his friends and family thought they would come along for the ride. The Tour de Lounge was growing. The challenge was set: Each member had to ride 1,000km over the duration of the Tour de France (23 nights) and to get their family and friends to sponsor them in achieving this goal. All money raised went to the Leukaemia Foundation.

In 2012 the TdL is raised the proverbial bike seat again as they created a website whereby riders could input their daily KM’s and leaderboards across all three categories. Needless to say this created fierce competition between riders and the result was 30 members across four countries which helped raise $22,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Since then TdL has been held annually in homes, gyms and workplaces with over 145 loungists raising an incredible $103,083 to support the work of the Leukaemia Foundation.

What does 2016 have in store for the loungists?

Tour de Lounge Logo The Tour de Lounge is an entertaining charity challenge dedicated to raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation, read more about the Tour here or get involved and sign up today!