The first ever Pedal The Peel event in Tamworth has raised over $10,000 with 275 cyclists hitting the road over the three courses.
The 15km family-friendly ride proved popular with an escorted ride from William Cowper School out to Moore Creek hall for some morning tea before returning.
The more serious cyclists hit the road for the 55km event, and the 115km event which saw them heading out through Moonbi, with the longer race then going on to Loomberah and Dungowan before turning back to the school to join the festivities.
The day raised slightly over $10,000 for the four chosen charities, with planning for next year’s event already under way.
At the school there was a barbecue lunch, jumping castle, entertainment and kids’ bike track, as well as bike safety lessons given out to the children from the police and SES.
The day was organised by the Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light, and organiser Jarrad Cotterell said it was a fantastic day that went really well.
“Everyone had a good time and we raised a lot of money for the charities,” he said.
“The day had a very festive feel to it, helped by the fact it was not a race but just a day out on the bikes.
“The much awaited mascot race was a big hit with the kids, with the mascots not exactly sticking to the rules of a conventional foot race.
“We got perfect weather for the event, and it went off without a hitch. It really was a great event with everyone helping out, pitching in, and having a good time. Next year will be even bigger and better.”