Not even a wet and weary Sunday morning could stop avid and casual cyclists from saddling up for Launceston's annual Sally's Ride.
Sally's Ride has been a staple of the fundraising calendar since 2002, and 18 years later the event is raising as much money as it ever has.
While heavy rain threatened to derail the event on Sunday, Sally's Ride chairman Chris Griffin said the day was still clearly a success.
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"Today we had a wet start that might have deterred a few people from getting out of bed, but we had really strong registrations for the event, well up on last year," he said.
The event was supporting JCP Empowering Youth's recently launched BEAST program which is aimed at assisting at risk-youths throughout the state.
Mr Griffin said the event would end up contributing a large amount of money to the program, which all came from registrations for the ride.
"We'll be raising between $15,000 and $20,000. We'll know for sure once it's all tallied but we are hoping it will be around that $20,000 mark," he said.
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No winners were announced for the race, but Mr Griffin said the real winner was JCP Empowering Youth.
"It is a cycling challenge, not a race, so there are no winners and losers," he said.
"It's about challenging yourself.
"The charity is the winner on the day."
Twenty-one year old Georgie Shepherd from Launceston rode in the 70 kilometre challenge and she said it took her two hours and 25 minutes to complete.
While Ms Shepherd said she was not a keen rider per se, she did have history on the bike.
"Triathlons are more my thing," she said.
So the rain suited Ms Shepherd and it was like water off a duck's back for her.
"It rained pretty much until the Batman bridge, and the roads were wet on the way back, but other than that it was a good ride," she said.
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For Ms Shepherd it was the opportunity to grow her cycling network, and contributing to a willing cause that encouraged her to get on the bike for Sally's Ride.
"It's nice to ride with a group of riders you don't generally ride with," she said.
"There was a couple of people from Hobart and Devonport, so it was nice."
"Seeing that the money is going to go help in the community to a couple of different groups was really exciting."
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