Perth - Arrival Day

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It’s here! Day 1 of the All Trails/START foundations epic cycling adventure from Perth to Broome. Today all cyclists and the wonderful team at All Trails met up in downtown Perth before beginning our cycling adventure north tomorrow, headed to Broome. Ahead of us lies a 3192km ride (give or take a few k’s), and 4 weeks of challenging and fun cycling and adventures.

I think we are all asking ourselves the same question today – “have I done enough training?” That’s all too late now to worry about. There is still time to carb load though so we are making sure there are plenty of calories going in today!

The Perth to Broome ride marks the beginning of START Foundations second epic cycling adventure. The first being a 3600km ride from Perth to Melbourne in 2015. Back then $80,000 was raised of which $40,000 was donated to the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the balance left to go towards START foundations mission of Empowering Amputees In Life Through Sport.

Since that time START has issued 6 financial grants to amputees to purchase prosthetic limbs or equipment in order to achieve their sporting dreams. As one of our grant recipients Liam describes his new limb “receiving a new prosthetic leg from START Foundation has been a life changer”.

We aim to raise $60,000+ on the Perth to Broome ride so we can continue to change lives and empower amputees in life through sport.

Since arriving in Perth I have hit the ground running. Thanks to fellow START Director and incidental PR manager Michelle, I have had two radio interviews with ABC radio already to promote START and the ride. Hopefully there will be many more opportunities like this over the coming weeks. It was fantastic to meet our cycling buddies for the ride, some well known and some new.

Before we head out into the wonderful outback of Western Australia there are many people and businesses to thank for enabling us to partake in this incredible journey:

Ride partners
All Trails Cycle Tours

Sponsors
Big Balloon
Fulton Hogan
June Canavan Foundation

Donations
To all the generous people that have already donated thank you! We have already raised over $11,000 to date!

Its time to ride. Let the cycling begin!

PS - meet Patsy and Mandy our cycling mascots and special guests.

Richard Cooke