Yes, the first pre-ride is underway. With Dick Felton and Peter Grant supporting, the group of Stephen, Carey, Albert and Guy made it to Midland before midnight. It was a long day, made longer by multiple stops with the support vehicle.
Day 1 is the hardest day with almost 400k of riding. The next three days are 300, 300 & 200km respectively, much more manageable. Day 1 also has a lot of climbing.
They've already found two spots that require re-routing due to construction, so this is a very good exercise. We're also "road testing", if you will, the motel and food arrangements and making a list of all establishments open along the ride. This should be very helpful for the riders.
The group left Midland around 5am this morning and are already past Big Chute.