With the sun peaking over the hills spreading thin light over Jubillee Oval, just over one thousand people gathered together.
Yet despite the coolness of Sunday morning, the air was abuzz with an electric excitement as they all prepared to take on nine kilometres of the 2020 City2lake.
It was all for the dedicated volunteer group Griffith Can Assist - who will get almost $65,000, all of which will go straight to local cancer patients to help with the costs associated with their treatment.
Watch as everyone takes off below:
Bikes were off at 8am and not a moment too soon, with the kids at the starting line chomping at the bit ready to hit the asphalt.
Those on foot left 10 minutes later, the mass of people seething forward, some in fancy dress, some in groups to enjoy the company, and others with the finish line in their sights ready to make their best time yet.
Rankins Springs' Renee Fair stayed the night in town with her three daughters Naome, Emily and Zoe to make sure they were ready at the start line by 7.30am.
"It's a great thing for the family to do together, and it makes it really worthwhile knowing it is all for a good cause," Renee said.
Can Assist's president Olga Forner was almost lost for words - describing the event and the people in it as "amazing, awesome and absolutely fantastic!"
There has been such great support from the community and we really appreciate everyone taking part, especially knowing the efforts will go to our own local community.Olga Forner
"There has been such great support from the community and we really appreciate everyone taking part, especially knowing the efforts will go to our own local community," Mrs Forner said.
"It's a great day, it's a great crowd, and I thank the incredibly hard-working committee to bring this all together, and to our sponsors who have been there with us too."
Stalwart City2lake committee member Cheryl Wood said this year's event was a "very smooth one".
"Everyone is very relaxed and are enjoying the perfect weather today. It's just wonderful," she said.
Everyone is very relaxed and are enjoying the perfect weather today. It's just wonderful.Cheryl Wood
Open cyclist winners were Alana Rositter with 18.33 and George Rigon with a 19.21 time. In the juniors, Mason Rosengreen with a time of 18.30 and Aiyla Buckland with 23.19.
Overall runners was Reuben Swain with a 31.52 time, and Mia Stockwell with a time of 40 minutes on the dot.
See the full race results here.
Congratulations to St Vincent's Private Hospital won best dressed, Hotel Victoria was the biggest fundraising group, and Sam Lou from Anytime Fitness raised more than any other individual.
Kaylene Gazzola, spokeswoman for the St Vinnies' team, said inspiration struck the day before, at 5.30pm, and said the end result clearly worked well for them.
"I had a thought about it, and I'd go with the theme colour for St Vincent's Private, get the hats, and I had the blue skirt from Elton John, had the pink from breast cancer, and then had a matching top," she explained.
"The inspiration was endless!
"Thanks to all of the staff who came along with us today."