The Kalamunda resident is one of 30 Swan Christian College students who will cycle 1100km over eight days in October from Perth to Albany and back as part of the Cycle for Change event, with the goal to raise money for charity.
Emily has spent the past six months physically and mentally preparing herself for the ride, despite already having a high fitness level due to her love for and participation in triathlons and swimming.
‘My experience with triathlons and swimming has made the training easier, but I am still doing about 10 hours a week cycling,’ she said.
‘I went cycling in a group a couple of weekends ago and it was tough ” we had to huddle in a group because it was so windy and we got drenched in the first 15 minutes … it was a good experience.’
Emily’s training sessions have not been without their hiccups, but the determined teenager just gets back on her bike.
‘I have fallen off my bike about six times,’ she said.
‘I haven’t sustained any major injuries, just grazes on my elbows and knees, but I am still getting used to the cleats on the pedals; sometimes my foot gets stuck and I fall off.’
Emily has raised almost half of her $4000 goal.
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