SICK kids are keeping these 50 cyclists motivated.
The men and women from the mainland are riding 1000thkilometres around Tasmania to raise $500,000 for the Starlight Children's Foundation.
But the group, called Tour de Kids, are not taking easy options.
They are pushing up the rugged mountains until their legs burn, soldiering down hills and getting their hearts pumping.
As Tour de Kids chairman David Cobcroft said: ``This is about getting in the hurt locker''.
``The easy thing for us to do is stop peddling,'' Mr Cobcroft said.
``But the children we're raising money for can't stop.
``They can't just make the pain go away, they have to battle through, so that's what drives our inspiration.''
The group took a rest in Launceston yesterday after leaving St Helens at 6.45am and tackling the Sideling.
They will leave Launceston todayntsTuesdaynte and travel to Cradle Mountain, before riding to Strahan and then Hobart.
First time Tour de Kids rider Nick Harbinson said the ride was a challenge but felt good.
``The first two days were not that much up hill, we were going along the beautiful East Coast eating some delicious food,'' he said.
``Today [Monday] was tougher, we've done 3500thmetres of climb since we started at 6.45am so it's been a long day in the saddle .th.th. and it's going to get tougher, but I'll pull through.
``We're doing it all for a good cause so it should be a good feeling when we've finished.''