Perth to York – 96km

The day had finally arrived. After weeks, months and even years of preparation, the Start Foundation journey from Perth to Melbourne finally commenced. It was with much anticipation and excitement that we rolled out of Perth CBD. Emotions were high in the camp as we were waved off by Sally Pilbeam, the current World Champion PT3 elite paratriathlete and friend of Kerryn.

Day 1 - Perth to York, is one of the shorter days in the Perth to Kalgoorlie leg. Relatively flat, with a shorter, gentle gradient climb out of Perth, the day was 96km in total. It proved to be a good day to warm up the legs and for the riders to get to know each other. Whilst the majority of the ride was at a casual pace, a few riders stretched their legs on the undulating hills into York. Regrouping for a token photograph at the “Welcome to York” sign, the team rolled into the town centre together.

Hoping we would ride out of the rain in Perth CBD and into clearer weather turned out to be quite optimistic. It rained, all day. After 4 hours of riding in the relentless rain, it was fair to say everyone enjoyed a warm shower.

If Day 1 is anything to go by, it is obvious that riders are definitely not going to be going hungry throughout the rides. Janette and John did a fantastic job of attending to everyone’s dietary needs, plus a little more. Let’s say the benchmark has been set high, and if this eating continues, we might need to work a little harder on the bike to burn off the excess calories…I won’t name names!

Time to put the feet up, refuel and mentally prepare for Day 2, which will see us riding from York to Merredin and covering 162km. Bring it on!

Richard Cooke