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Day Two: Coastal Route

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The Coastal peloton pushed out of Walpole early this morning after a stormy night last night. The Ride was a bit tough going, with wet conditions, several mechanical incidents and very steep hills, but the riders made it to a very excited group of students at Pemberton District High School – the students rushed at the riders grasping for their autographs. The riders are treated like rock stars!

The riders engaged in a few games with the students, led by Event Director, Micky G – some bike-related relays, which no one really understood the rules for, but it gave rise to a lot of fun and laughter!

The riders and support crew were welcomed by the School Captain, Kaitlyn who told us about their free dress day today (the students were in all sorts of attire, from party dresses to PJs, from Eminem costumes to hipster cool!) which is a fundraiser for the Hawaiian Ride For Youth. Kaitlyn presented a cheque for $225, which was gratefully received by all.

Citadel-MAGNUS team member, Rob Newton shared the story of the impact of his mother’s suicide and his own struggles with mental health issues. This emotive presentation left the students with strong messages about the importance of seeking help. His story was powerful, emotional and ultimately uplifting.

Tonight, the riders and support crew will convene at the Best Western, Pemberton for dinner, then it’s back on the road heading for Busselton tomorrow.

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