Sunday would have seen the staging of the 40th MS Sydney to Gong bike ride but COVID-19 prevented 10,000 riders taking the road to raise funds for people living with Multiple Sclerosis.
But that has not stopped 2000 people from around Australia taking part in a virtual format of the event to continue the fight for a cure.
Among those riding in the new month long fundraiser is Michelle Taylor who was diagnosed with MS more than 18 months ago.
The virtual MS Gong Ride started on October 1 and finishes on Sunday.
Mrs Taylor is part of a team of more than 70 people around the nation who have taken the opportunity to support her and the cause.
Cyclists have been participating wherever they live for the last 32 days.
Mrs Taylor's team set themselves targets they wanted to achieve individually and as a team.
To ensure they completion those targets the riders have tracked and logged their rides using personal fitness apps.
Mrs Taylor said she would not have been able to ride from Sydney to Wollongong in one day but with the virtual event she had managed reach her target of 400km a few days ago.
"Now I am aiming for 500km," she said.
"Our team goal is two laps around Australia and on Friday we were almost there at 21,000km.
"Some people have been riding individually on their garage trainers and some of the team have been organising groups rides together.
"It has been great this year that I have been able to participate.
"I do as much each day as my body can handle."
Mrs Taylor said she had symptoms for a couple of years before she was pulled aside by a friend who suggested she see a doctor.
"I was getting symptoms like a lack of balance, difficulty walking, anxiety, fatigue, slurred speech, blurry vision, shaking hands and things like that," she said.
"As soon as I saw a neurologist I was diagnosed straight away and immediately went to hospital for treatment. I have been on medication ever since.
"I don't know what is going to happen down the track. I am hoping my condition remains stable.
"The MS ride is good because it raises awareness and money for research for a cure and better treatments."
Mrs Taylor's husband Aaron Taylor rode the MS Sydney to Gong in 2018 before she was diagnosed and plans to line up every year for the cause.
Brother Alex Williamson did it for the first time in 2019 and the family is now eager to form a team every year because it is a cause so close to each member's heart.
"Last year we finished seventh in terms of the highest fundraisers and this year we are in second place," Mrs Taylor said.
She said it was great encouragement to have so many family and friends supporting the cause. Because like most charity events fundraising has been more difficult during COVID-19.
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