A GROUP of eight riders and their two support crew members from the Georges River Bull Sharks Cycling Club arrived in Goulburn on Friday afternoon after a 977km ride down the east coast of NSW, raising money for the Starlight Foundation.
Their route followed the South Coast from Sydney to Eden via Kiama, Ulladulla and Narooma, and then inland from Eden to the Victorian town of Cann River and back up via Cooma, Canberra and Goulburn.
The ride ended in Camden on Saturday - a round trip of approximately 1150kms.
The boys have raised $15,136.80 so far, with the aim to raise $20,000.
Rider Leo Sommers, a plumber by trade from the Sydney suburb of Revesby, told the Post the most gruelling leg was from Cann River to Canberra via Cooma.
“We covered 173 kilometres that day, and the ride was so hilly, because we were right on the edge of the Snowy Mountains, and could see the tops of the mountains with snow on them,” he said.
“We got to the hotel that night pretty saddle-sore, and certainly welcomed a nice hot shower and a warm bed!” The money will go towards supporting Starlight in their campaign to provide care for seriously ill children in the state’s hospitals.
Starlight also aims to lift the spirits of the children to make them laugh and play and be a child again.
For more information about the ride, or to donate to the cause, go to their club’s fundraising website, www.everydayhero.com.au/geo rges_river_bull_sharks.