THIRTY-FOUR cyclists were loving Valley life when they arrived in Grafton yesterday afternoon on a mission for the "Live for Kids" Cycling Classic.
Led by founder Simon Burt, they are riding from the Gold Coast to Newcastle to help raise money for the John Hunter Children's Hospital.
"We have our shortest ride to Coffs Harbour today, before we head to Port Macquarie tomorrow," Mr Burt said. "We've got people from all walks of life joining us for the ride."
It is the fourth time the trek has been undertaken, kicking off in the first year with just 10 riders.
"There've been more people every year; it's just been great," Mr Burt said.
The riders range from "just under 30 to 62 years old", and raised $70,000 last year.
Mr Burt said they'd "smashed that this year", but money isn't the key driver.
"We visit schools and disabled kids along the way with specially built bikes," he said.
"Some of these kids have never ridden a bike before so it's huge."
They leave from Grafton visitor information centre today at 7.30am.
To follow their progress, visit www.liveforkids.com.au.