Hawaiian Ride for Youth

March, 2020

23MarAll Day28Hawaiian Ride for YouthA 5 day ride (with 4 different routes) around WAAlbanyState:WADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,160+ km,81-120 kmType Ride:Charity,Multi-day,Recreational

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Hawaiian Ride for Youth is one of Australia’s Premier charity events over 5 days, travelling through rural Western Australia.

Hawaiian Ride for Youth is one of Australia’s premier charity events for the prevention of youth suicide and depression.  This ride keeps on growing and is slowly getting bigger each year with new routes being added to accommodate the increasing interest. 

The ride does two things. Firstly, it raises much-needed money to fund youth mental health services in rural country towns, through Youth Focus. Youth Focus provides some invaluable services through rural and remote WA.

The other purpose of the ride is to inspire youth and young adults by visiting schools along the way. Riders will visit high schools and engage with students about youth suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm, as well as inform them of the services that Youth Focus provides.

The Hawaiian Ride for Youth starts in two locations: Albany or Jurien Bay.  Riders will then cycle back to Perth through towns in WA’s South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Mid West. 

The ride is held over 4 1/2 days with riders riding through a series of different routes.  After registration, the riders are split into teams so that they can work together to fundraise the required donations to Youth Focus. To make sure you’ll be fit enough to finish the ride, there is a training program along with training rides from September all the way through to the ride date in March. The first day is set for the travel to the start destinations before the action starts. Over the course of the following 4 1/2 days, the riders will cover approximately 700 km. Some routes have greater elevations than others but you would expect to cover in excess of 4000m for the trip.

Numbers for the ride are limited to between 120 and 160 riders depending on which route you will be on. Each peloton has up to 60 riders, with final numbers being based around the availability of accommodation along the route.

The ride first started in 2003 when a small group of recreational cyclists decided to work together to raise money for Youth Focus by riding from Albany to Perth along the coast. The ride has now grown to include 3 other routes. The routes are:

  •  Coastal route from Albany to Perth, travelling through Walpole, Pemberton and Busselton before meeting other riders in Mandurah
  • Inland route from Albany to Perth, through Frankland River, Bridgetown, and Collie before meeting other riders in Mandurah
  • Wheatbelt route from Albany through the southern Wheatbelt of Katanning and Narrogin, before turning west to meet the other riders in Mandurah
  • Jurien Bay route from Jurien Bay and travelling out to Dalwollinu, Wongan Hills and Northam before meeting the other three peloton riders in Perth

Riders are all taken by bus from Perth to their start location in either Albany or Jurien Bay. The ride finishes at Kings Park, with the peloton of all 4 groups riding to the finish together. A function is held about 2 to 4 weeks after the finish of the ride, to catch up and to celebrate the achievement.

The registration for the Hawaiian Ride for Youth opens in early June/July with team members chosen in late July or August. This is a ride that you have to apply for, and there are more applicants than places. 

This is a great ride to attend. I participated in 2014 and 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The fundraising requirements might feel scary but the team approach to raising the money means that you aren’t doing it alone. Plus you’ll be cycling with a bunch or people who feel passionate about a good cause!

You’ll find other cycling events, like the Hawaiian Ride for Youth, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.

Enjoy!

 

Hawaiian Ride for Youth is one of Australia’s Premier charity events over 5 days, travelling through rural Western Australia.

Date

23 March - 28 March

Location

Albany, WA

Albany

Extra Information

  • Hydration/Water
  • Snacks/Food
  • SAG Wagon
  • Mechanic
  • Medic and physiotherapist/masseur
  • Accommodation
  • Bus transfers included (on the Monday before)
  • Fundraising requirement $5,000+

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