They raced for their schools at the Wanganui Velodrome last week as the students of St Dominic's College and St Anthony's Primary School participated in one of their annual school fundraisers the Bike-a-Thon.
Cycle Sport NZ's managing director Ron Cheatley said over the past few months, the students made efforts to get per-lap sponsorship to ride, or one-off donations by writing to friends and relatives throughout the country as well as going out into the community.
"After biking for the allotted time of one hour, pledges reached a total of $71,000 with the principal the Rev Father Andrew Cranshaw reaching the most recorded laps  and the most per lap sponsorship [$29.95].
"It was a day enjoyed by all, particularly the primary school, who were blessed with a visit from 'Tweety Bird', who seemed to be chased by another visitor a 'Friesian Cow'."
Mr Cheatley said the students competed against each other for weekly prizes.
They will also compete for major prizes when all money is collected.
"Classes also competed against classes and St Augustine's boys, St Dominic's girls and St Anthony's Primary School are competing for the highest amount earned.
"We still have yet to learn who has won in this category the prize being a barbecue."
Mr Cheatley said the students and staff of the schools thanked everyone who helped support the fundraiser.
"It is a much needed help for two private schools that don't boast of much funding but do have a high academic achievement record."