2019 Southern Ports Tour d'Esperance a success

More than 60 participants and spectators braved the cool conditions at the Esperance Foreshore for the annual Southern Ports Tour d'Esperance on Sunday, July 14.

The event, organised by the Esperance Cycling Club, began from the Whale Tail and saw 39 riders race.

The participation challenge saw riders take on races between 11 kilometres and 33 kilometres long, with the other 20 riders committing to the 55 kilometre Southern Ports Handicap road race.

The 19 riders in the participation challenge departed first, with provisional grades A, B, C and D departing only minutes later.

The D Grade competition was won by David Dwyer, with David Berry winning for the C grade and Logan Stanley claiming first place in the B Grade.

The A Grade road race was won by Shannan Dixon, earning him the top spot as the fastest male, and Caroline Abbey claimed the title of fastest female.

Overall, David Berry took out first place, followed by Paul Clifton, Caroline Abbey, Billie-Joe Greasley and Ruth Murdie.

Esperance Cycling Club president David Dwyer said the event was a success, with the program running smoothly and no riders falling from their bikes or sustaining any injuries.

"I just want to thank the Shire of Esperance and Southern Ports for their support, as well as all of the volunteers involved, the committee and our members.

"A big thanks to our sponsors, too.

"I'm looking forward to a bigger and better event for 2020."

The Club extended thanks to McCreeds Jewellers, Dwyer & Co, Esperance Recovery and Wellness, Esperance Smash Repairs, Juncture Cart + Co, EIB Insurance Solutions and Florissons Home Furnishers for their sponsorship.