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         About the club

 

Coburg Cycling Club is one of the oldest cycling clubs in Australia, originating in 1896. The club has been home to many great riders over the years and will continue to foster riders into the future. Coburg members have competed in the Tour de France, Olympics and have won many National and State Championships. Club Historian, David Halford has compiled some Historic Highlights of the Coburg Cycling Club and Hall of Fame.

Coburg owns its own club rooms and velodrome, located in Melbourne's northern suburb of Coburg. The 250m velodrome is one of the states premier cycling tracks.

Members across all levels of cycling are welcome to join us. Coburg members race locally at club level, right up to competing internationally. Members often arrange group training rides and social occasions.


History

1896-1930
Founded as a social cycling group in March 1896 by members of the St. Paul's church choir on Sydney Road, the Coburg Cycling Club very quickly found itself participating in all levels of cycle sport.

1930's
For a period in the 1930's, Coburg's Amateurs arguably ruled the roost on both track and road with the exploits of Reg. Goodwin and Ernie Milliken, known by some of as 'The Eagle of The Road'. Milliken turned professional and headed over to Europe with 'Oppy', the two of them succeeding in establishing many road records.

1940's-1970's
In the 40's Fireman Joe Parmely 'The Engine' along with the likes of Ken Stewart stamped their authority on the cycling scene with their rides on the Essendon Board Track and Sixday circuit both here and overseas. The 1956 Melbourne Olympics were a highlight for all Australians, no less so than the Sprint Ace Richard 'Dick' Ploog, who succeeded in winning Bronze in the 1000 Metre Sprint. His club-mate Jim Neven a 'veteran' of the Games accompanied Dick to The Games after having competed at Helsinki in 1952. Later Olympians from the Club would be Kevin Brislin (1960 Tokyo) and Ron Boyle (1976 Montreal). In the 1960's Melbourne's Olympic Velodrome was the home of the 'Milk' Sixday event, Coburg riders such as John Young were prominent throughout the series. On the road in the Sun Tour Peter Panton cleared up overall with his wins in 1959 and 1960. Coburg pro. 'Bulldog' Besanko would do the same in 1976.

1970's-2005
Early in the 1970's the current 250m Coburg Velodrome was completed, built on the same site as earlier club track(s) which had been located at this spot since the 1920's. The Velodrome and well-equipped clubrooms would play host to a number of Austral's during the 1980's - club members like Alan Rackstraw having benefited from the training and racing of his home track. In 1996 the club celebrated it's 100 year with a dinner at the North Melbourne FC - the guest list of old members which included the first Secretary of the CACC from 1928, read like an A-Z of Australian cycling! Never a club to rest on it's laurels, the 1990's had club members competing in all disciplines of cycling, including Triathlon - Emma Carney winning the 1994 World Triathlon Title has to be a high point. Narelle Peterson, the first Australian female to win a World cycling title transferred to the club in her reigning year 1995 - a great addition to a great club.
 

Eric Hall 3 Day Tour Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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