LYCRA was the fashion at Hervey Bay's inaugural Tour de Bay Charity Bike Ride.
LYCRA was the fashion at Hervey Bay's inaugural Tour de Bay Charity Bike Ride. Karleila Thomsen

Finishers are all grinners

LYCRA was very much back in fashion yesterday when more than 100 people took part in Hervey Bay's inaugural Tour de Bay Charity Bike Ride.

Organised by Sunrise Rotary member Brian Jessett, the event consisted of three different courses: 10km, 26km and 45km.

Mr Jessett said most cyclists, including Hervey Bay's Peter Shaw (pictured), braved the 45km loop.

“The more experienced riders did it in a short time but others took the time and enjoyed the scenery,” he said.

All money raised from Tour de Bay will go to building the new Hervey Bay Community Centre.

Mr Jessett was yesterday hopeful the event had raised more than $10,000.

Forty-five kilometres; more than 100 cyclists; and not one stack, collision or flat tyre.

ForBrian Jessett, organiser of Hervey Bay's inaugural Tour de Bay CharityBike Ride at the weekend, that's a pretty fantastic result.

“It was a great day,” he said. “It was a little windy but all the cyclists felt the course was really enjoyable and scenic.”

Startingat 7am yesterday, hundreds of experienced and inexperienced FraserCoast cyclists sacrificed a Sunday morning sleep-in to take part in thefundraiser for the new Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre.

Cyclistswere able to choose from three different routes yesterday. There was a10km flat ride for beginners, a 26km scenic ride for those a littlemore acquainted with the open road and the 45km loop for experiencedcyclists.

Mr Jessett said most cyclists opted for the 45km loop.

“Those who did the 45kms started on the Esplanade and then traversed into the back suburbs,” he said.

“Idesigned it that way to make it as interesting as possible. I followedthe last rider on the 45km track and we had no issues at all.”

HerveyBay Community Bank, The Friends of the New Hervey Bay Community Centreand Rotary Sunrise were the main sponsors of the event.



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