THE inaugural Beats Cycle for Hope cruised down the road toBridgewaterBayon Sunday, with about 450 registered cyclists and twice as many supporters. Event organiser and namesake Paul Beattie, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, said the response was fantastic. He said donations were still coming in, but up until yesterday the event had raised $12,500, all of which will be donated to the Cancer Council of Victoria through the Rotary Club of Portland. Although the ride itself was free to join, people gave donations before and after the ride, and through activities and events atBridgewaterafter the ride. A huge auction run by the Rotary Club of Portland with Rotarian Michael Goldby auctioneering sold dozens of donated goods and services. Only the set of four mag wheels and tires didn’t sell at the auction, but Mr Beattie said organisers were looking at selling them at a later stage. Read more and see photos from the ride in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.