2017 THE INDIAN PACIFIC WHEELRACE

1st COAST-TO-COAST IN AUSTRALIA, FROM PERTH TO SYDNEY

Saturday 18/3/2017
Day 1: Freemantle – Coolgardie 604 km

The advantage of an early start is that you are able to enjoy a normal sleep before the hell begins. It only rains about 13 days a year in Perth, guess what the weather was like initially near the lighthouse…
As I arrived fairly late at the start, I had to put myself at the end of the line. I departed as last one for the other side of Australia, a small trip of 5400 kilometres.

The departure of such events is often chaotic and it was this time, it takes some time before everything normalizes. After an hour, I could start to cycle alone and in peace.
Soon after the start I got acquainted with the Australian reality, outside the towns and villages there is literally nothing. The only distraction is to cycle for several kilometres on gravel roads because of the road works. For the remainder of this first day the goal is mainly to cover kilometres and not to waste time with futilities.
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At noon I buy a sandwich at a gas station and here the tone is set for the other refuelling service stations during the rest of the race: each time a sandwich, chocolate and some other junk … Continue reading

2017 THE INDIAN PACIFIC WHEELRACE

1er COAST-TO-COAST EN AUSTRALIE, DE PERTH A SYDNEY

 

Samedi 18/3/2017 jour 1: Freemantle – Coolgardie 604 km

L’avantage d’un départ matinal est de pouvoir profiter une dernière fois d’un sommeil normal avant que l’enfer commence. Il ne pleut que 13 jours par an à Perth, devinez quel temps il faisait au départ près du phare…

Comme je m’étais présenté assez tardivement au départ, il a fallu que je me mette à la queue de la file. Je prenais comme tout dernier le départ vers l’autre côté de l’Australie, une petite sortie de 5400 kilomètres.

FullSizeRender-5Le départ de tels événements est souvent chaotique et maintenant aussi, il faut un certain temps avant que tout se normalise. Après une heure, je pouvais commencer à rouler seul et dans le calme.

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