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Monday 10 October, 2011

SunSmart and i ski for tommy (isft.) are joining forces this year to remind cyclists to protect themselves when riding in Australia's premier mass participation bike ride, Around the Bay, on Sunday 16th October.

SunSmart Manager, Sue Heward, advises all cyclists riding in the event to remember to check the SunSmart UV Alert before the ride and be prepared.

"You can't rely on temperature to know when the ultraviolet (UV) radiation is at damaging levels, so it's a good idea to check the SunSmart UV Alert and during the sun protection times remember to protect yourself by wearing a long sleeved jersey, plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and by taking rest stops in the shade," said Ms. Heward

"Being prepared and taking a few moments to re-apply sunscreen during the ride makes a big difference in sun protection and little difference in your competitiveness," says Ms Heward.

Isft., a charity founded in memory of 23 year old Victorian, Tom Mathias, who died of melanoma in 2009, will have a team riding in the event. Citing Tommy's sporting prowess, Dr. Mark Cicchiello, founder of isft, said; "Around the Bay is an appropriate means to raise awareness about melanoma in Tommy's memory as it acknowledges his well-rounded abilities, given he excelled in many facets of life beyond his winter pursuits."

Top tips for riders

  • Check the SunSmart UV Alert for the times of day you need sun protection. It's available in all major daily newspapers, on the SunSmart website and the free SunSmart iPhone app.
  • Cover as much skin as possible with a full length jersey and nicks, or white arm coolers if it's a hot day
  • Shield your eyes with UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad-spectrum water-resistant SPF 30+ sunscreen on all exposed skin including the back of your neck and ears. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before hitting the road and take a small tube in your pocket so you can reapply every two hours.
  • Look for a shady spot to stop if you need a break.

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