Made it to Perth Tues & then south to Margaret River Wed...stage one kicked off the race today! It is awesome to be back here, the region really is an amazing place. Today we raced from Cape Leeuwin - the south-west corner of WA north to picturesque Hamelin Bay. It was a neat sight to see 1100 riders lined up at the Lighthouse ready to tackle the first 41km of the 225km ahead of us.
The stage sounds quite short at 41km but heck, everyone's first comment was 'that was hard!'. There is a bit of elevation (1000m) but it is the energy sapping sand that makes riding the undulating sections tough. Riding downhill is bloody good fun as the sand makes traction and steering a little unpredictable. Braking is not desirable as you do not want to scrub the speed you worked so hard to achieve!
I finished 5th elite women. I am 3min off 3rd so will be working hard to try and pull that back in the next 3-days. I am happy enough with today's outing -I felt good throughout, and finished off strong. Will see what the legs wake up like tomorrow!
Postcard stuff, stage finish at Hamelin Bay today.
Day 1 done..& dusted
Pretty nice huh?!
A stingray joined a few of us for a swim!