The Tour de Fight Back cyclists, who rode from Adelaide to Shepparton to raise money for cancer research, arrived home yesterday confident they would achieve their $100 000 target.By Estelle Griepink
Maude St Mall was yesterday flooded with the family, friends and well-wishers of the Tour de Fight BaCC riders.
The 17 cyclists embarked on a 905
Their aim was to raise $100
Tour de Fight BaCC co-organiser Dale Osborne said he was overwhelmed with the amount of people who turned out to greet the riders as they returned home.
‘‘That was unbelievable, I never would have thought there would be that many people,’’ Mr Osborne said.
‘‘It made it even more special — and it’s obviously fantastic to be home and see my wife and kids.’’
Mr Osborne said the group had collected a number of donations along their ride, which included stops in Coonalpyn, Kaniva, Horsham, Ararat and Rushworth.
‘‘When you’ve got 17 bike riders plus 10 support crew, all in their team colours, people are going to ask what you’re doing,’’ he said. ‘‘We had a lot of people giving $10 or $20, it was awesome.’’
Mr Osborne said he believed people’s eagerness to give came from a common cause.
‘‘Everyone you know is being touched and knows of someone who has been touched by cancer — it’s unfortunately a very common topic,’’ he said.
Mr Osborne said he was not sure if the team had made $100
The riders last night hosted a sold-out dinner where they expected to pick up the last of the donations.
‘‘It’ll be just fantastic, because that was our goal right from the start. At first we didn’t know if we’d make $50
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