Mike Tomalaris is the face and voice of Australian cycling and one of the longest-serving members of the SBS sports team. He has covered 23 Tours de France, building the success of SBS as the home of Australian cycling coverage, and in 2011 was recognised by the Australian Sports Commission for 'Most Outstanding Contribution to a Sport by an Individual'. Mike is a passionate cyclist and an incredible inspiration to fellow riders as he participates along side them on the ride.
Niav Owens is a host of ABC Grandstand Radio and and has been talking sport on the TV and radio for more than a decade. She has worked for Fox Sports News and ABC News24 and covered the Beijing Olympics and London Paralympics. Niav also works as a corporate MC, hosts awards ceremonies, season launches, and provides athletes and executives with media and networking training in her role as Director of Media Goals.
Niav is the partner of Michael Leonard, whose sister Lucie is the inspiration behind the Bike Ride for Brain Cancer. As a rookie rider, she donned the lycra for the first two Rides and smashed it on the bike alongside Michael. This year Niav will be our on-road reporter giving us an insight into what the riders go through over the two day event.
Rupert is a sports journalist with 35 years’ experience writing for both local and international media outlets. He is the author of 15 books including, Power of the Pedal - The Story of Australian Cycling and The Tour - Behind the Scenes of Cadel Evans' Tour de France. Rupert is a former rower and triathlete, turned ultra-endurance cyclist, competing in events such as Fremantle to Sydney, Indian Pacific Wheel Race and the upcoming Race Across America, scheduled for June 2020. We’re delighted that Rupert has joined us. He is a friend and inspiration to many on the ride and we welcome him on the road to a cure for brain cancer.
Our Ride Captains
The Veloroos are a team of non-professional female endurance cyclists who compete in cycling events across the world. They have been a huge inspiration to our riders and have volunteered and supported the ride since its inaugural year. We’re thrilled to have them once again leading the pelotons and supporting participants of our Bike Ride for Brain Cancer.