Murray to Moyne cyclists make their way into Port Fairy during last year s event. 110403AS13 Picture: Aaron Sawall CAPTION Murray to Moyne 2011. Pictured are cyclists on Griffith st bridgeMORE than 1200 cyclists will hit the road this morning for the 26th annual Murray to Moyne fund-raiser aiming to reach Port Fairy tomorrow morning.
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Between them they hope to better last year’s yield of $1.3 million for various hospitals and health services.

Riders from as far as South Australian and New South Wales will join south-west and other Victorian teams setting off from the Murray — from either Mildura, Echuca or Swan Hill — and pedal into Hamilton for a welcome sleep tonight before continuing to the Moyne on the final leg.

Since being started by the late Graham Woodrup of Port Fairy in 1987, the event has raised more than $16m.

It began as a fund-raiser for the Port Fairy Hospital Sunday appeal with a race from Mildura. However, it evolved into a more relaxed pace.

An award named in his honour will be presented tomorrow to the riders who display “exceptional effort and inspiration”. Riders come from all backgrounds and experience, with some mere amateurs compared with other more-seasoned competitors.

Teams will be required to average at least 22 kilometres an hour to complete the full 520 distance before noon on Sunday, allowing for stops.

Some teams will opt for two shorter routes, included for the first time this year, to give them opportunity to arrive in Hamilton before dark rather than the normal late-night arrival.

New event manager Jenny Boyer has streamlined the entry system with online bookings and an upgraded website.

“We are looking to increase numbers on the ride and give people who may not want to do the whole gruelling distance the chance to be involved,” she said.

“Shorter rides are very important for that future growth.”

Riders will arrived at their destination at Port Fairy’s Railway Square from about 9am to 11.30am before official presentations at noon.

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