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Hell on wheels hell of a good time for hell of a good cause

IT'S called "Hell on Wheels" for a very good reason.

Imagine riding your mountain bike for eight days straight, travelling 600km on dusty, unsealed roads, fire trails and over creeks.

That's what 40 dedicated riders will set out to do this morning, and it's all for a good cause.

The annual Hell on Wheels cycle tour is a major fundraiser for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

This year the tour starts in Tenterfield.

From there the group will ride to Drake, through Baryugil and into Copmanhurst, across to Jackadgery, to Nymboida and back up through Grafton and Lawrence before passing through Maclean and Evans Head and across the finish line at Lismore.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Participants in the 2013 Hell on Wheels at the Lismore Helibase on Saturday, ready for their 600km fundraising adventure.
ABOVE AND BELOW: Participants in the 2013 Hell on Wheels at the Lismore Helibase on Saturday, ready for their 600km fundraising adventure. Rebecca Lollback

The goal? To raise more than $40,000 for the rescue helicopter.

Fundraising manager Zeke Huish said the riders will have regular nightly stops at local hotels throughout the region.

"So if you see them in their bright blue rider shirts, feel free to offer your support as they look to raise vital funds to help the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter save lives in our region," he said.

"It's hard not to marvel at the determination and gutsy effort that the riders display in by taking part in this gruelling event.

"We wish the riders a safe trip as they enjoy the comradery of their fellow riders."



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HAZARDOUS SURF: Surf lifesavers are pleading with the public to stay out of the water this weekend after one of the biggest rescue days occurred on Saturday and swimmer is still missing on the north coast.

Hazardous surf warning and one swimmer missing

Ute and truck smash on highway

CRASH RESCUE: At 2am on Sunday the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to a crash involving a ute colliding with a truck on the Pacific motorway near Brunswick Heads.

Pacific Highway blocked after ute and truck smash

Ferry return to service delayed

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Service will not resume as expected

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