GALLERY: Tour de Hills raises $42,000

WET weather didn't deter almost 500 cyclists from riding in the Castle Hill Rotary Club's 19th annual bicycle classic on Sunday.

The riders helped to raise more than $42,000 for motor neurone research at Macquarie University.

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Dominic Rowe and his team of 30 researchers are working to find a cure for motor neurone disease before 2018.

Funds will also benefit NSW Police Legacy, Rural Fire Services, International Rotary Foundation and the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.

Castle Hill Rotarian Terry O'Mara said the day was a success despite the rain.

"We have had more than 450 riders and we have had a number register on the day," Mr O'Mara said.

"We've had a successful day at our new venue, The Australian Hotel and Brewery. We look forward to working with it in the future."

Professor Rowe said the day was "fantastic".

"The money that is raised will directly go to research to make this awful disease go away," he said.

"It was great to see families of patients that I have looked after riding in the event.

Team Tosolini rode in memory of Paul Tosolini, who died from motor neurone disease in November.

The team was put together by Paul's son Daniel and his school friends.

Paul was a patient of Dr Rowe's for seven years.

Sandra Tosolini, Paul's widow, said she felt "honoured" that her son and his friends rode for the cause.

"My husband was a beautiful, strong, athletic man and the disease took everything away from him," Mrs Tosolini said.

"He never gave up until the last breath.

"It's not just the family who suffer but it's the friends as well and this is why we want to remove the disease from the face of this Earth."

Cyclists had a choice: a 90km ride, a 50km ride, a 30km one or the 15km family ride, all starting and ending at the site of major sponsor, The Australian Hotel and Brewery.

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