Pedal power hits bay roads

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

For Brian Jessett, organiser of Hervey Bay's inaugural Tour de Bay Charity Bike 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.”

Starting at 7am yesterday, hundreds of experienced and inexperienced Fraser Coast cyclists sacrificed a Sunday morning sleep-in to take part in the fundraiser for the new Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre.

Mr Jessett said while a final figure hadn't been finalised yet, they were estimating more than $10,000 had been raised from the event.

“It's looking quite good at this stage. And I'd say we've definitely got a new annual event for Hervey Bay.”

Cyclists were able to choose from three different routes yesterday. There was a 10km flat ride for beginners, a 26km scenic ride for those a little more acquainted with the open road and the 45km loop for experienced cyclists.

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.

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

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

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