Charity riders stop by

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
The 30 Red Sky Riders arrived in Narrogin after cycling 136km from York.
Camera IconThe 30 Red Sky Riders arrived in Narrogin after cycling 136km from York. Credit: Kellie Balaam

At this year’s Solaris Cancer Care Red Sky Ride around regional WA, 30 cyclists stopped off in Narrogin last week.

The 600km ride began in Perth on March 4 and wound its way along a 149km route — or 180km for those up for an extra challenge to York.

Day two from York to Narrogin involved travelling 136km in the saddle with the cyclists arriving in the town last Thursday afternoon.

Narrogin Rotary Club put on lunch for the tired but happy riders before several visited Narrogin Senior High School for an inspirational talk.

The Red Sky Ride aims to raise funds to support cancer patients and their families.

The main objectives include raising awareness of the importance of “quality of life” and the cancer support services available for patients and carers across WA.

Thomas Popp from the Narrogin Rotary Club was presented with an appreciation certificate.
Camera IconThomas Popp from the Narrogin Rotary Club was presented with an appreciation certificate. Credit: Kellie Balaam/Narrogin Observer

Ride director Brad Hall said the cyclists had experienced some tough conditions and some of them had trained for six months.

“The ride from York was an easier day, still pretty hot but we had some really good weather conditions and tail winds,” Mr Hall said.

“Some riders experienced heatstroke coming through Gidgegannup, so that was challenging and we had a few punctured tyres.”

Each rider had to raise $4000 through charity events and ride sponsors. Mr Hall said day three of the ride, a 200km leg from Narrogin to Bunbury, was the most challenging.

The team then cycled 171km back to Perth on March 7 for a well-earned rest.

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