Well, as we thought before, it couldn't get much worse, but it did. It rained most of the day, was windy with a max temperature of a solid 10 degrees. Only six people completed the whole day and only two of them being kids. Within the first 10 minutes it was already hailing on them as they took off for the dreaded 140km cycle of hills. The first hill was 5km and 14 people tackled the hill whilst most of the younger kids got on at the top.
There was a cold descent following the hill with 20+ knot winds and the outside temperature being 6.2 degrees. Coming down this hill the riders decided it was the end of the day for them due to the freezing temperatures and chilly winds. The cars were filled and the bikes pace tacked on the back and the remaining riders took off. Many riders had difficulties throughout the day including some coming close to hypothermia and other suffering from ankle and knee injuries. However they soldiered on, including Jordan (our fearless cameraman) who we thought would fall out of the window countless times.
Morning tea was extremely quick as it was still hammering down with rain, with people force feeding others whilst they tried to keep warm. Quickly jumping back on the bikes, they rode off shivering once again, some more than others. Throughout the next 80km many people were jumping off the bikes and into the warm cars. Everyone was counting down the km's until lunch where we stopped at Manjimup. Lunch was delicious, yet again as we all ate heaps and tried to keep warm.
40km left till we reached Bridgetown, most of the ones who jumped off before came back on for the final descent. The rains decided to put on a final show for us as we had some sweet descents in the last stretch. Turning into Bridgetown with a little lip to go, people finished the day strong and were so proud they'd made it to the end. Many riders jumping in front of the pre-lit fire as soon as we got there.
The day was topped off in the afternoon as coffee and wedges were put on by Mr. Lewis at one of the local coffee shops. This all continued into a curry night with apple crumble and custard for dessert. Carly got the yellow jersey for completing the whole day which was a remarkable effort and Holly got a yellow jersey as well for making it three quarters of the way. Green jersey was given to Mr. Bolt for many a kind word.
Kasey, Carly, Lindsay, Kaleb and Tegan over and out :):):):):):)