Dylan’s wet, windy ride

AUGUSTA CYCLIST: Dylan Kaulins' next big challenge is the Ronald McDonald Ride for Sick Kids on November 18 to 24.

AUGUSTA CYCLIST: Dylan Kaulins' next big challenge is the Ronald McDonald Ride for Sick Kids on November 18 to 24.

Port Augusta cyclist Dylan Kaulins competed in the Port Lincoln ‘Come and Try’ event an inter-club event between the Whyalla Cycling Club and Port Lincoln riders.

With cold and windy weather predicted for Port Lincoln over the weekend of August 11 and 12, Dylan (U19) found himself getting organised to race over two days and 100kms over hilly terrain and finishing Sunday’s race at the top of Winters Hill.

His Saturday race left him unprepared for the conditions and his body for the gruelling ride in rain, hail and tremendous cross winds.

Winners for Saturday’s race were 1st Clayton Wells (Pt Lincoln), 2nd Max Frost U15 (Kilkenny CC), 3rd Wesley Fisher (Whyalla CC). Other riders came from Cleve, Tumby Bay, Adelaide and even a rider from New Zealand on holidays.

On Sunday, he started fresh and ready from scratch position in a handicap race this means in the last group giving 19 minutes head start to other riders.

The weather was more forgiving on Sunday with periods of sunshine and light rain for the cold factor.

Dylan stayed with his group and they worked their way through the other 12 riders to get to the bottom of Winters Hill first.

Dylan had not ridden this hill before and just had to keep pushing himself with its steepness and with exhausting legs had to dig deep.

The Port Lincoln rider Rafael Almeida was able to pull away from Dylan and another Whyalla rider Wesley Fisher on this climb to the top.

Dylan’s next big challenge is the Ronald McDonald Ride for Sick Kids on November 18 to 24.

Dylan had done extremely well to finish second behind Rafael and in front of Wes.

After the race he said words couldn’t explain the thrill of this first time achievement, along with the fact of his legs going to jelly and not being able to feel them.

Dylan’s next big challenge is the Ronald McDonald Ride for Sick Kids on November 18 to 24.

It involves 1000 kilometres in seven days, cycling from Port Lincoln and finishing in Adelaide. He is the only person from Port Augusta participating and the youngest rider. He aims to raise $6000, so let’s get behind him and help him raise the money for this great cause.

“I’ve been inspired to do the 1000 kilometres because I want to make a difference to children with serious illness and disabilities, and their families who stay at Ronald McDonald House Adelaide,” Dylan said.

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