THE 43 riders who make up the Mill to Mill Charity Bicycle Ride left Manildra in Bomaderry in miserable riding conditions, but despite the rain the mood was far from bleak.
The group will spend the next four days riding from Nowra to Parkes as part of the cycling fund-raiser that is held every two years.
The riders are aiming to raise $100,000 for the McGrath Foundation, beyondblue and local charities supported by Manildra.
They will cover 630 kilometres and spread the message of healthy living to school students along the way.
During the four-day ride the group will pass through Nerriga, Windellama, Young, Crookwell, Goulburn, Boorowa, Bribbaree, Caragabal, Forbes, Bogan Gate and Parkes.
Before hitting the road the cyclists gathered at the Bomaderry Manildra office where a letter from Prime Minister Tony Abbott was read out.
Mr Abbott congratulated
the group for talking the challenging ride and supporting the charities.
Mason Manwaring from Orange said he was looking forward to a few days off work riding with mates.
“The thing that I like most about cycling is the fresh air and the fact I’m away from my phone,” he said.