ON THE ROAD: The 2016 Variety Cycle team enjoyed lunch at Macksville on Wednesday before continuing on to Coffs Harbour that afternoon.
ON THE ROAD: The 2016 Variety Cycle team enjoyed lunch at Macksville on Wednesday before continuing on to Coffs Harbour that afternoon. Emily Burley

Variety cycles into Coffs

A GROUP of big-hearted cyclists pedalled into Coffs Harbour this week as part of the 15-day Variety Cycle challenge.

The challenge has the group ride from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef while raising funds for kids in need.

The group stopped off at Coffs Harbour on Wednesday, on day five and about 750km into its 2300km journey.

Variety Cycle founder Christopher Mapp said the mammoth course was beginning to take its toll on participants.

"I'd say most people have some level of injury at this point, whether that be just a niggling knee or a sore back," Mr Mapp said.

"But we're holding in tight," he said.

"If you look on (athlete tracking website) Strava, we're travelling at about fifth or sixth in the world for most kilometres ridden, so it shows we're not just going for a quick ride in the bush but we're genuinely hurting ourselves while we do some good."

The group of cyclists hail from around Australia and the world, and each have varying connections to the children's charity.

"There's a whole bunch of different stories, so as you ride you get to know them and understand their connection not just to Variety, but to helping kids," Mr Mapp said.

Cyclists can fundraise individually or as part of a team, with the participants all footing the bill for their own costs including meals and accommodation.

Mr Mapp said the group was well on its way to reaching its $1 million goal.

"We're through the half-a-million dollar mark now, and hoping to tick off $600,000 soon," he said.

To donate, visit the Variety website.



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