PEDALLING 250km is not any easy feat.
But for Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker raising money for the Mid North Coast Disabled Surfers' Association and Kempsey's Macleay Vocational College was inspiration when he set off from Maclean this morning on his annual three-day bicycle ride for charity.
Mr Hartsuyker said the Disabled Surfers' Association and the Macleay Vocational College were local charities doing great things for his electorate.
"The Disabled Surfers' Association do some great work providing people with disabilities the chance to go to the beach and get in the surf," he said.
"Such activity is not only physically beneficial but it has the capacity to improve an individual's confidence.
"The Macleay Vocational College primarily focuses on students who are at risk and who otherwise would not receive a school education.
"They have delivered some great outcomes for many students which is why I decided to split the proceeds of this year's ride."
Day one saw Mr Hartsuyker ride from Maclean and travel through Ulmarra to Grafton and then onto Nana Glen.
Mr Hartsuyker will climb back in the saddle today and ride to Macksville via Coffs Harbour and Urunga.
Tomorrow he will end up at the Macleay Vocational College in Kempsey.
Sponsoring Mr Hartsuyker's fourth annual ride are BCU and Milo.
Mr Hartsuyker said many BCU branches would be hosting morning and afternoon teas in order to raise additional funds.
Anyone who would like to support the ride could contact his office on 6652 6233.
Donations can be made electronically by transferring to the DSA/MVC at the BCU, BSB 704 328 and account number 222 737.