MORE THAN 200 cyclists rolled into Armidale on Monday afternoon as part of the annual Tour de Cure charity ride.
The ride travels from Brisbane to Sydney to raise funds to find a cure for cancer.
Co-founder of Tour de Cure Gary Bertwistle said the support received from Armidale was a highlight for him on the 1500 kilometre journey.
“Ever since we started coming here, Armidale seems to have adopted us,” he said.
“Having 420 people turn up at the dinner is pretty extraordinary. In this region, the majority of people in trucks, utes, cars, campervans and farms all wave.”
Eight Armidale cyclists are riding in the event which has close ties with the local Tour De Rocks cycling event.
Tour de Rocks’ organiser Bill Wheeler was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the riders and the local community.
“These guys and girls are the most amazing group of people you have ever seen in your life,” he said.
The riders departed Armidale yesterday to travel 200 kilometres to Coffs Harbour.