Ivor Thomas, from Taree, updates the progress of the 2019 Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride for Sick Kids

Taree's Ivor Thomas (tenth from left) set off from Inverell with a group of cyclists on the Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride for Sick Kids.
Taree's Ivor Thomas (tenth from left) set off from Inverell with a group of cyclists on the Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride for Sick Kids.

The first leg of the 2019 Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride for Sick Kids was a 'tough and long day', according to Taree's Ivor Thomas.

Ivor is part of an 18 strong group that is taking part in the annual ride. The group set off from Inverell on Tuesday, September 10 and arrived in Armidale that afternoon.

In a Facebook Live post, Ivor said the group worked hard to complete the 130 kilometre trek in windy conditions but their tribulations don't compare to the hardship faced by families they are raising money for.

"A tough day but we got through it," Ivor said.

The group was met by a chilly and dreary morning in Armidale as they set off for the second part of the charity ride on Wednesday, September 11.

Early in the ride, the group visited a local school to catch up with a student, Poppy, who is battling leukemia.

Poppy's dad spoke to the group beforehand about the rough times had by the family.

"They spent nine months continuous at Ronald McDonald House," Ivor explained.

Click the photo to read about Ivor's inspiration for the 2019 Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride for Sick Kids.

Click the photo to read about Ivor's inspiration for the 2019 Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride for Sick Kids.

"Just to hear that impact reinforces why it is we are doing this ride."

Lots of downhill riding was in store for the group on day two. Ivor's top speed was 84 km/h on the first day and hoped to reach triple figures before they reached Tamworth.

"It's not about the ride, it's about what we are raising the money for and that is Ronald McDonald House Charities," Ivor added.