Eighteen cyclists braved wet and windy conditions to take part in the come and try road race events at the weekend.
Saturday and Sunday saw extreme conditions for bike racing with gusty strong winds and rain leaving riders wet throughout and sheets of rain making visibility difficult.
These conditions for a come and try cycling event, hosted by the Port Lincoln riders with the Whyalla Cycling club on August 5 and 6, did not deter 18 riders from entering.
Saturday saw a 45 kilometre ride to Sleaford and return including a loop into the Lincoln National Park and finish on Proper Bay Road.
Sunday had a 50km ride to Sleaford and return heading then 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.
Tough day with (the) wind conditions, congratulations to all riders.Rafael Almeida
With roaring head winds and a hard slow climb to winter’s hill riders were immensely relieved to finish this race.
Whyalla Cycling Club rider Daniel Siwek took out fastest and first overall.
Second place was shared equally by Port Lincoln riders Shane Dennis and Riki Popovic who rode a strategic race together.
Third was Brooke Cupples from Streaky Bay who rode magnificently and fourth place was Port Lincoln rider Rafael Almeida, a strong and consistent rider who said “tough day with (the) wind conditions, congratulations to all riders”.
After the gruelling race on Sunday the riders enjoyed lunch at Tony and Sheila Kingdon’s house and prize money was presented by Whyalla Cycling Club president Ashley Evans.
Mr Evans thanked road marshals Mark Kingdon, Ray Paynter, Greg Eden and Brad Fuller for keeping the racing safe and Daryl Worby for helping with scoring and Carolyn Ronan for taking photos.
A special surprise birthday cake for Ray Paynter was presented for his 70th birthday with smiles all round. Congratulations Ray Paynter.
The come and try day was organised to give people an opportunity to give road racing a try and promote it as a competitive sport.
Normally riders would need to be licensed to take part in a road race event but the come and try day provided unlicensed riders to come and give it a try.