GALLERY: Action from Tour de Bay
MORE than 200 riders of all abilities donned their bike helmets and lycra to take part in Tour de Bay.
The annual Hervey Bay Neighbourhood House fundraiser has been operating for eight years to raise money for the community centre's youth services and mentoring programs.
CEO Tanya Stevenson thanked Rotary Club of Hervey Bay Sunrise for their help and all other sponsors.
"The youth mentoring program provides about 40 volunteers in local high schools and primary schools to give students, who are identified by their schools as at risk of disengaging or struggling, someone who is safe to talk to,” she said.
Kicking off at 6am for the 100km Centurion Ride, other starts for the 50km, 25km, 10km and 5km events were staggered until 7.30am.
After finishing riders were treated to a hearty breakfast including 40 riders from the Bicycle User Group who completed the 50km ride.
BUGs rider Stewart Freeman has been riding for five years and said the course was great.
"It was very scenic and we ride anyway so why not ride for a good cause,” he said.
"The 50km event was a little longer than what we normally do so I'm looking forward to the breakfast.”
Other local clubs taking part included the B Mee Multisport group who had 40 competitors of all ages take part.
Rider Carol McNaughton said the club had someone in every event.
"This is the fifth year I have done Tour de Bay which really lives up to its name as a good tour of all the local neighbourhoods,” she said.