Ride2Riverstone raises thousands for charity

‘‘Be safe and have fun.’’

With those words Paralympian Jayme Richardson waved off the cyclists in the fifth annual Ride2Riverstone on Sunday.

More than 400 riders from across Sydney took part in the Riverstone Lions charity event, which raises money for children’s cancer research.

The weather was perfect as the first group of riders set off from the corner of Pitt and Market streets, Riverstone, at 7.30am on a 100-kilometre trip through the rural north-west.

Mrs Richardson, who came on board this year as the ride’s first patron, started the riders on their way after apologising for not joining them.

The Paralympic bronze medallist was recovering from having her wisdom teeth out, but still took on the 30-kilometre ride.

‘‘Let’s ride cancer out of our lives,’’ she said.

Riverstone Lions member Wal Smith declared the event a success.

‘‘We raised about $15,000,’’ he said.