Wild weather for cyclists

The extreme wet and windy conditions for a ‘Come and Try’ cycling event hosted by the Port Lincoln riders with Whyalla Cycling Club on August 5 and 6 didn’t deter 18 riders from entering. Saturday’s 45-kilometre ride to Sleaford and return included a loop into the national park and finished on Proper Bay Road. Sunday’s 50-kilometre ride to Sleaford and return went along Pine Freezer road  to Flinders Highway turning at the Pines, and a challenging Winter’s Hill finish about midway up, due to extreme gale winds. With roaring head winds and a hard, slow climb to Winter’s Hill the riders were happy to see the finish line.

Whyalla club rider Daniel Siwek took out fastest and first overall  second place was shared equally by Shane Dennis and Riki Popovic, both Port Lincoln riders who rode a strategic race together, third Brooke Cupples from Streaky Bay and fourth place Rafael Almeida, a strong and consistent Port Lincoln rider who said ‘tough day with wind conditions, congratulations to all riders’. After the grueling race the riders enjoyed a scrumptious lunch on the Sunday at Tony and Sheila Kingdon’s house and prize money presented by president of the Whyalla Cycling Club Ashley Evans. He thanked road marshals Mark Kingdon, Ray Paynter, Greg Eden and Brad Fuller for keeping racing safe and Daryl Worby for helping with scoring and Carolyn Ronan for taking photos.

Next week, road race from clubhouse to Fitzgerald Bay and finish at Stoney Point railway line – a 65km race for adults and age specific kms for younger riders.

Come and check out racing at its best. See www.whyallacc.org.au for last weekend racing at Port Lincoln in extreme conditions.