Ride for the Chopper crew roll into Armidale to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service

BACK ON THE ROAD: Cyclists were ready to leave UNE on Thursday morning on the Ride for the Chopper.
BACK ON THE ROAD: Cyclists were ready to leave UNE on Thursday morning on the Ride for the Chopper.

They’ve conquered the beach and the Great Dividing Range and now the Ride for the Chopper crew are on the home stretch.

The 65-odd riders from across the New England North West and beyond rolled into Armidale on Wednesday afternoon where they pulled up stumps at the University of New England for the night.

The group are winding their way to Tamworth from Woolgoolga to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The crew left Woolgoolga on Sunday before overnight stops in Grafton, Dalmorton, Guyra, Armidale and Walcha, and will finish in Tamworth on Friday afternoon.

The mountain bikers have raised more than $75,000 for the rescue service, climbing more than 4,000m and peddling over 450km, most of the time off the beaten track.