2017 CRW300 Day 2 Blog
7 October 2017 Chain Reaction
Day 2 – Byron Bay to Gold Coast, 135kms
Following a night of rain, the ladies awoke to perfect conditions, with just the right amount of cloud cover and a cool breeze, providing a welcome relief from the radiating heat of Day 1, for what will be the toughest day on the bike for the ladies.
The peloton set off led by our two yellow jersey winners from the previous night, Emily Pryor and Emma Ross, Ann Fordyce in Black, Elise Nancarrow in Green and Lana Sherri in White. Clearly the nerves of day one had settled as the peloton formed perfect formation from Byron, taking in the beautiful surrounds through Mullumbimby, and past Mount Warning. The ladies tackled their first climb of the 1560m of climbing ahead for the day with ease, working together, and providing a caring push when needed.
Following the first stop of the day, it was time to really work together to take on the next lumpy section of the ride, and it was a beautiful scene to watch as our riders really dug deep to rise over the hills with such ease, before winding their way into our lunch stop for the day at Murwillumbah. Today’s lunch stop came with a lovely surprise celebration to mark the first birthday of Hummingbird House, and a chance for all of the riders to raise their voice in chorus to sing happy birthday.
The pain was staring to set it for a lot of the ladies, and with only 40km to go, the beast known as ‘Tomewin’ was fast approaching. Following a quick spin of the legs through the winding cane fields the mountain was upon us. The ladies showed more strength and determination than ever before, the thoughts of those kids we are riding for at the top of mind as the peloton cruised up that mountain to show it ‘who was boss’ and came out at the top victorious. For many in the group, the experience was overwhelming – sheer jubilation, tears of joy and that pure feeling or triumph as riders crossed the border into Queensland one by one with the group congratulating them as they celebrated their achievement. Once regrouped to start the free play descent, it was announced that CRW300 had just hit over $410K raised for our charity partners. A monumental achievement in Day 2 both on and off the bike.
The reward for crossing into Queensland was a long fast descent into the Currumbin Valley and a final 25km cruise into the finish line, riding along the Gold Coast highway into Surfers Paradise to our accommodation for the night, The Island. The riders finished feeling completely elated by the achievements of the day, as we near the finish of the 2017 CRW300.
The group celebrates tonight and eagerly awaits the final 111 kilometres from Gold Coast to Brisbane where we will be greeted by our friends and family at the finish line. We’ve worked so hard to get to this point and everyone is feeling the swell of pride and excitement building for tomorrow.