Esperance cyclists compete in Goldfields Cyclassic

The Esperance Cycling Club had a great appearance in the 89th Goldfields Cyclassic over the long weekend.

The Goldfields Cyclassic is a two-day, two-stage handicap race across the Goldfields from Kalgoorlie-Boulder to Menzies and on to Leonora coinciding with the Leonora Golden Gift Foot Race.

The event is dubbed “Australia’s Richest Handicap Cycle Race” with a total prize pool of approximately $40,000 up for grabs. Being a handicap event means anyone can take out the top prize.

Stage one is the Chas Egan Memorial race which is 132 kilometres from Kalgoorlie to Menzies.

Stage two is the Leonora Golden Wheels race which is 105 kilometres from Menzies to Leonora.

Esperance Cycle Club were represented with eight keen riders for the event.

It was vice president’s Toby Dhue’s debut appearance in the handicapped event and said it was great to be a part of.

Day one was a success with a group of the Esperance riders being upgraded from C-grade to B-grade.

It meant they had to start 15 minutes behind their original group on day two.

However Michael Freiberg from Midland was the overall winner.

Esperance runner Zoe Maccan finished third in the women’s open mile in the Leonora Golden Gift.