They are the behind-the-scenes volunteers who make sure the riders in the seven-day 1,000km Pollie Pedal for charity get the fuel they need each morning at dawn before they mount their bikes and hit the road again to grind out another gruelling 150km or so over the day ahead.

These Rapid Relief Team (RRT) volunteers prepare lashings of breakfast and barista brew in the early morning light as the riders groan and stretch as they once more don the lycra to prepare to return to their journey through some of NSW’s most cherished country towns.

The bacon and egg rolls and muesli cups prepared by the RRT volunteers were appreciated each day last week as the charity ride started out in Canberra on October 2 and travelled through towns and villages in the NSW south-west before concluding back in Canberra on October 9. About 30 MPs and cycling enthusiasts joined ambassadors for this year’s supported charity, Soldier On, for the ride.

Soldier On supports service veterans and their families.

“It’s been a great event and RRT has been very happy to support the 23rd Pollie Pedal,” RRT Australian Operations Manager Mick Dunn said.

“Our team of about 12 volunteers have been up early every day to help the pollies get the coffee and carbs they need to start the morning on the right note. It has all been done in a great spirit and we have resourced the coffee and food trucks and marquees with volunteers from our nearest centres.”

Since 1998, Pollie Pedal has raised more than $7 million for charity. Among the riders this year once again was former Prime Minister Tony Abbott – who took part just 12 weeks after a hip replacement operation.

“There was a light drizzle on a couple of mornings, but the weather was mostly okay considering what the state has been through recently,” Mr Dunn said.

“It’s all run pretty smoothly and everyone’s managed to stay on their bikes so it’s been a good week. RRT has supported the Pollie Pedal for quite a few years now and it’s great to see how local communities get behind the event.”

After polishing off their RRT-prepared breakfast, the pollies hit the road and head for the next town where they buy lunch at a local establishment and mix with the community.

“They’ve been through some great towns like Crookwell, Junee and Grenfell and you can see it is a great opportunity for locals to meet politicians and have a chat,” Mr Dunn said.

The Pollie Pedal also passed through Blayney, Temora, Cowra and Young, while RRT stations were set up along the route at Canberra, Crookwell, Blayney, Cowra, Grenfell, Temora and Binalong.