CYCLISTS of all ages and abilities braved treacherous winds on Sunday to raise thousands of dollars for three worthy charities.
The dicey conditions failed to deter about 250 participants from across the region taking to the road in this year’s Pedal the Peel Cycling Challenge.
Riders had their choice of four circuits, ranging from 15km to 110km, that started and finished at the William Cowper campus of Calrossy Anglican School.
The event was run by the Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light in partnership with Everingham Solomons Solicitors, Forsyths Chartered Accountants and NAB.
Forsyths principal and cycling enthusiast James Roger said organisers were delighted with the turnout and confident the final fundraising tally would exceed $10,000.
“It was a real success,” he said. “We sort of achieved most of the objectives that we wanted.
“From a riding point of view, it was basically the most challenging of conditions. There were some really experienced cyclists who battled with the wind.”
The money will be divided between charities Billabong Clubhouse, Youth Insearch and Ronald McDonald House, where it be used to help local people in need.
Mr Roger said organisers would be looking to build on this year’s success when the event returns for its fourth instalment in 2014.