TWELVE months of fund-raising and a committed training regime came to an end last weekend when members of Leeton's "Team Michael" completed the 200-kilometre Ride to Conquer Cancer.
The team was made up of Leeton shire residents, including the family of the late Michael Crowhurst, which is how the group got its name.
Twenty-two riders took part, as well as 18 crew members, who raised close to $72,000 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
The team was the second-highest fund-raiser as part of the event, which was held in Victoria last weekend.
An overall total of $4.3 million was raised and 1223 riders pedalled throughout the weekend.
Mr Crowhurst's widow, Donna, said it was the experience of a lifetime.
"The weekend started with a moving opening ceremony, which gave all participants time to reflect about the loved ones they were riding for and then the riders were released in waves with Team Michael being released in the first (one)," she said.
"Melbourne turned on the weather giving us the wind, some rain and sunshine.
"The beach route was spectacular and the hills were challenging even for the experienced riders.
"The support crews worked tirelessly all weekend to make sure all riders were comfortable."
Mrs Crowhurst said one of the highlights of the weekend was to see riders and crew coming together to support each other.
"Over the weekend our riders and crew met many inspiring people with many stories being shared," she said.
"Professor Grant MacArthur, head of the research department at 'Peter Mac', was at the finish line to greet our last riders when they came in and also invited some of our experienced riders to join the 'Peter Mac Riding Team', which is a huge honour.
"Every one of our team members have brought back a little piece of the ride with them.
"They listened to heartbreaking stories and life challenges and they can all be proud of themselves knowing the money they raised will go towards cancer research and, hopefully, a cure one day.
"I think in our busy lives everyone should take time out just once to do something for other people."