Day Two: Inland 2021
Spirits were high on the second morning, with riders and support crew alike marvelling at the spectacular countryside we stayed in last night in Frankland River.
The catering at Alkoomi Estate Winery was also some of the best on the Hawaiian Ride for Youth, with the delicious dinner, breakfast and snacks prepared by Colleen Sherry and her team, who received a round of applause before warm-ups this morning.
Road conditions were tough between Frankland River and Manjimup in the morning but the peloton arrived at the first school stop for the day in good time.
The riders were met by the year 9 students from not just Manjimup Senior High School, but also Pemberton District High School and Bridgetown High School, who were visiting for a mental health incursion.
Phil Renshaw from the Team OQEA spoke to the students about the three C’s – choice, chance and change – and how these impacted two people close to him in very different ways. One sadly took his own life while the other turned his life around for the better. One was his brother and one was his son.
The cyclists then rode out through a guard of honour and set off for Bridgetown High School.
In Bridgetown, Izzy Andrews from Team Perrott Painting told the students about her past traumas and how she worked through these in her youth, as well as the challenges she has experienced over the past 18 months and the coping mechanisms she has now developed to recognise when she needs to seek professional help.
After the second school presentation for the day, the riders and support crew finished the last kilometre of their 124 kilometres today and settled into Nelsons of Bridgetown, where the dinner was held.
King of the Mountain: Martyn Weir and Marissa Pidgeon
Strongman: Izzy Andrews
Goose: Gary Thomas