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Knights CEO, Matt Gidley and Board Member Katie Brassil joined Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service General Manager, Richard Jones, and Wests Cycle Classic participants for the last leg of the ride on Sunday.

The group, which left Newcastle on Wednesday 16 March for a 360km five-day ride touring Bulahdelah, Gloucester and Dungog, road into Newcastle via the New England Highway.

Over the past 21 years the ride has travelled through regions that know only too well the benefits of having a dedicated aeromedical service.

“Our riders make up a dedicated group that puts in an outstanding physical effort to help raise much needed funds. In 2016 we are hoping to donate around $70,000 that will go toward important compliance training for pilots and crewmen," Ride Captain Bernard Corbett said.

"The Knights and Rescue Helicopter are long-term community partners and both Matt and Richard are among the region’s most enthusiastic Hunter supporters so having them ride with us for the last kilometres will really help bring the group home on Sunday."

The Wests Cycle Classic is fully supported by safety vehicles, bike trailers, catering crew and an experienced team of riders to guide and assist cyclists during the five-day event. The ride is sponsored by Wests Group Australia, Centennial Coal, Quarry Mining, Pacific National, Orica and Coal Services.