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Day One: Inland

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After a lively dinner at Rustlers Steakhouse the night before, the Inland peloton left Albany on Tuesday morning excited about the journey ahead. The riders were buoyed by the enthusiastic Support Crew, who led them out dressed in their pirate best.

The riders set off under overcast skies and arrived at Mount Barker Community College to a warm welcome. Rob Breden, a sixth year rider, gave a heart-felt and relatable presentation that focused on the importance of support networks and looking out for each other. The students were engaged and attentive throughout the talk, asking questions about the Ride as well as mental health. Rob drew parallels between the community and the rider peloton, which are both stronger as a unit than any one individual.

A large number of students gathered along the road to high-five the riders as they left the school after lunch, creating a dynamic atmosphere for the next leg of the route.

The rest of the day proved more difficult for riders, as the temperature and humidity rose, however they arrived in Frankland River after their first day with their spirits high.

Once in Frankland River, the riders were ferried to various accommodation, where some had massages and others relaxed, before enjoying a sensational dinner in the stunning surrounds of Alkoomi Winery. Riders wound down by recapping on the day, sharing a laugh or two and preparing for the next challenge ahead.

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