Cupples takes third in Port Lincoln

Streaky Bay’s Brooke Cupples finished third in the come and try cycling event hosted by the Port Lincoln riders with Whyalla Cycling Club on the weekend.

Blistering winds and rain greeted the 18 riders, who were not to be deterred by the weather.

The racing took place on Saturday and Sunday.

A 45-kilometre ride to Sleaford and back took place on Saturday, which included a loop into the national park and finish on Proper Bay Road.

The riders backed that up with a 50km journey to Sleaford and returned along Pine Freezer Road to Flinders Highway.

They turned at the Pines for a challenging finish at Winter Hill which only went midway up due to the extreme gale winds.

Whyalla Cycling Club president Ashley Evans said the gallant Ms Cupples was the only rider who managed to be smiling at the finish.

Whyalla rider Daniel Siwek finished in first position, while second place was shared between Port Lincoln riders Shane Dennis and Riki Popovic, who rode a strategic race.

Cupples’ third place was followed by Rafael Almeida of Port Lincoln who finished fourth after riding a strong and consistent race.

After a gruelling race the riders enjoyed a scrumptious lunch at Tony and Sheila Kingdon’s house and prize money was presented by Mr Evans, who thanked road marshalls for keeping the racing safe and Carolyn Ronan for taking photos.