THREE hundred and thirty-five kilometres and over $30,000 later, Harry's Ride for Childhood Cancer is done and dusted.
Determined Naracoorte teenager Harry Pitt and his team completed the fundraising ride into Adelaide on September 27, five days after setting off from Naracoorte on September 22.
All funds raised from the ride went to the Childhood Cancer Association, which provides ongoing emotional, practical and financial support to children affected by cancer - like Harry.
Harry was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma of the left orbit in July 2011 and underwent intensive chemotherapy once a week for 20 weeks and radiotherapy every day for five weeks. This ride was his way of saying thanks to those who helped him get through it all.
"I feel a certain sense of accomplishment," he told the Herald after completing the ride. "It was amazing."
Despite a gruelling ride through the hills to cap off the long ride Harry said he felt fine thanks to his strict attention to training in the lead-up to the event.
"If that wasn't done I wouldn't have been able to do it," he said. "I just like pushing myself."
He even joked that the makers of his "perfect" bike should now give him a sponsorship for it.
After departing from Naracoorte on the morning of September 22 Harry and his eight teammates - plus an extended support crew and some well-wishers - travelled up the Riddoch Hwy for a fun day at Willalooka.
After that it was full steam ahead towards Adelaide, with school visits along the way for Harry to share his story.
"They were great," said Harry's mum Linda, who was riding in the support car. "The kids were fantastic and very receptive."
The ride wasn't all smooth sailing though, with headwinds up to 70km/h buffeting the group on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
"They found it a little tough," Linda said. "Some more than others."
One rider even struggled a bit with the heat, but after an hour riding in the support car they were back on the bike.
The hills were also tough, but all got through, Linda reported.
"We had a police escort down from the hills into town," she said before jokingly adding: "It would be nice to have one every time I go to Adelaide."
The ride finished at Edge Church, where they held a presentation and media interviews.
Harry even got to meet the Governor of SA, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce.
The ride had raised $23,000 by that point but then Edge Church added in the extra $7000 to bring the figure to the magical $30,000, with some donations still to be counted.
Linda reflected on the ride and the long months of hard work leading up to it.
"We had a ball," she said. "The boys all had a great time.
"It was just absolutely fantastic."
It has been decided "Harry's Ride" will be an annual thing with a different destination and different charity to raise money for.
Harry was very appreciative of all the support received.
"I'd like to thank my team, my family and everyone who supported me on my ride," he said.
Linda extended thanks to all the ride's sponsors, anyone who donated goods and money and those who supported the various fundraisers held in the lead-up.
"There's so many people to thank," she said. "We're so grateful to everyone who helped out."