THE second Ride for the Kids - covering 1000km from Ballarat, out to Warrnambool, Portland, Horsham, Ararat, Maryborough and finally back to Ballarat - was far tougher than the first one, 12 months ago.
But if the difficulty was greater, so too are the likely rewards for its three charities: Cops n' Kids Camps, Support4Cancer and TLC for Kids.
16 cyclist completed the entire trip or virtually the entire trip. About half were police officers, with the remainder being other members of the community. They were joined on the final leg on Saturday from Maryborough by others including North Melbourne footballer Drew Petrie. Most were tired when they arrived at the Eastwood Street Safeway, having completed the last stage into a strong headwind.
It might have been an appropriate conclusion to a difficult eight days. "Weather-wise it was a lot harder than last year," organiser and rider Shane Darroch said. "We had three days of heavy rains and headwinds. Last year we only had rain for one day."
Mr Darroch said the Ride for the Kids served two purposes: to raise awareness and funds for its charities. He said, on that score, this year's ride was a success.
"We raised $60,000 last year and we will easily beat that," he said.