WELL over 400 cyclists took to the streets of the Bendigo CBD at the weekend to raise support for community causes.
Bendigo Cycling Classic chair Geoff O'Sullivan said this year's event attracted record participation.
The event, which supports both the OTIS Foundation and Give Me 5 For Kids, is in its third year.
Bendigo's arts precinct closed to traffic part of Saturday afternoon as cyclists took part in the View Street Sprint, an event that pitted cyclists against each other and their physical limits.
Mr O'Sullivan said about 50 riders took on the View Street incline, including a number of professional cyclists.
Hundreds of people were on their bikes the following day for the Bendigo Cycling Classic, which saw a number of the city's streets closed.
The event was spearheaded by volunteers seeking to create a cycling event for the Bendigo community, by the Bendigo community.
"We're growing it all the time," Mr O'Sullivan said.
The previous two events have raised more than $84,000 in total for causes with local connections, like the Bendigo-based OTIS Foundation.
Funds raised for Give Me 5 for Kids in Bendigo will help support children's services at Bendigo Health.
It is not yet known how much this year's event has raised.
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