Hell on Wheels rider Michael Brown managed a rain-drenched wave as he approaches Bellingen.
Hell on Wheels rider Michael Brown managed a rain-drenched wave as he approaches Bellingen. Bruce Thomas

Hell on Wheels rolls into Urunga

IN previous tours they've battled searing heat, sunburn and dehydration but it is a completely different hell which is testing the resolve of a group of cyclists pedalling through the area to raise much-needed funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The 28 riders on the annual Hell on Wheels tour rolled into Urunga yesterday afternoon saturated to the bone.

Ride co-ordinator Andy Stewart was just happy they weren't quite as cold as they had been on Saturday.

“We started the ride in Dorrigo on Saturday morning and it was not only wet but extremely cold,” Mr Stewart said.

“I've never seen such a miserable bunch ride in shivering at the end of the day. Once they were dry and inside they were in a great mood, however.”

Yesterday morning they descended the Waterfall Way from Dorrigo.

“It was a bit warmer once we got to Thora but no drier. In fact the rain was very heavy coming into Bellingen.”

Riders spent last night recharging their batteries and fundraising in Urunga

They expect to roll into Coffs Harbour around 9.30 this morning.

They'll have morning tea at the Yellow Pages office before heading off to Woolgoolga.



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