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Day Two: Wheatbelt 2021

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The Belter’s had a very crisp start to the day at just seven degrees! The day kicked off with breakfast in Gnowangerup, once again generously supplied by the Rapid Relief Team, supporters of the Gnowangerup breakfast since 2018.

Today, the riders travelled 137 kilometres from Gnowangerup to Katanning, pausing to engage with students at Kojonup District High School.

The riders arrived at the school to a heroes’ welcome as the students rushed from their classrooms to clap them in. Some students even asked the riders for autographs, and the riders were happy to oblige.

Presenter Brad Miller of Team MACA shared a very personal and emotional story about losing his sister to suicide, and his own personal struggles with depression. A especially touching and important presentation, as today marks four years since his sister’s passing.

Brad also shared that the effects of bullying and cyberbullying are long-lasting – his advice to all young people is to channel their energy into being good, kind community members rather than being a bully.

The students were all very moved by Brad’s story and asked thoughtful and insightful questions about Brad’s journey as well as how cycling helps his own mental health.

Brad’s moving story was shared as part of last year’s Hawaiian Ride for Youth campaign and can be viewed here.

The riders fought a headwind into Katanning and were rewarded with a coffee stop at The Daily Grind.

Tonight’s accommodation is the historic Kobeelya, the first significant residence built in Katanning.

Pictured: Brad Millar’s bike with Claire Bear he rides with.

 

Jersey Winners

King of the Mountain: Ian Stewart

Strongman: Brad Miller

Goose: Jeff Steketee (support crew)

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