Cyclist has the Wright stuff

Clark Wright has put in about 6000km in his efforts to prepare for the Ride for Youth. Picture: Gabrielle Jeffrey
Clark Wright has put in about 6000km in his efforts to prepare for the Ride for Youth. Picture: Gabrielle Jeffrey

Mr Wright is taking part in the 2014 Hawaiian Ride for Youth, a gruelling journey of more than 700km from Albany to Perth.

Before the final leg to Perth, the cyclists will meet in Mandurah.

Along the way, riders will stop at high schools and give talks to students.

‘What excites me is the chance to visit 16 schools talking to students about mental health issues,’ Mr Wright said

‘We’re not good at talking about these things; my message is to look after your body, mind and spirit.’

He has been training for several months and has ridden about 6000km in preparation for the ride.

He said he was looking forward to the ride and its benefits.

‘I thought it would be a great way to lose weight and support a cause,’ Mr Wright said.

However, losing weight has proved elusive. I have not lost one pound yet; I can’t believe it.’

The ride is now in its 12th year and is organised by Youth Focus, a community-based organisation that provides free counselling to young people and their families.

According to the organisation, suicide is the leading cause of death for young West Australians. Since beginning in 2003, the ride has raised $8.3 million for Youth Focus.

The riders will put feet to pedals from April 1 to 5.