CENTENARY GALA EVENT & DINNER
RBCC, one of Australia's oldest cycling clubs, the Randwick Botany CC, celebrated its centenary on Saturday 15 November 2003, marking 100 years of
cycle racing in Sydney.
Randwick Botany CC was formed in 1903 as Ascot Cycling Club when local
interest in the new sport of bicycle racing was sparked by a race from the
city to La Perouse via Botany.
The club staged road races in various locations in the eastern suburbs for
more than 70 years before moving to its current home at Heffron Park,
Maroubra, in 1976.
Members have included three Olympians. Dick Paris won gold at the
Commonwealth Games and rode in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Graham Seers
competed in the road race at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and Julie Speight,
finished 5th in her event at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Today Randwick Botany is one of the largest and most active cycling clubs in
Sydney with over 150 members including 30 juniors. Members regularly
compete at races across NSW and Australia.
The club will celebrated its centenary with 7 events at Heffron Park,
including a pennyfarthing race, on Saturday 15 November 2003, with prize
money of more than $5,000. Over 200 junior and senior riders competed
including Kate Nichols (St George) 2003 Australian National Road Series
Champion, Shaun Higgerson (FRF Couriers/Randwick Botany) Australian U23 Time
Trial Champion, Natalie Bates (Parramatta CC) Australian Time Trial Champion
and NSW Roadwoman of the Year and Rodney McGee from the NSWIS-FDJeux.com
team. The King or Heffron Park - Anthony Spurgeon (Team Caravello)
Racing was followed by an evening Centenary Celebration Dinner where guests, including Australian and Olympic cycling champions, SBS Sport Presenter
Michael Tomalaris, Randwick City Council Deputy Mayor Michael Daley, the
President of Cycling NSW Mr Rob Bates, Past President Cycling NSW Alex
Fulcher and Phyliss Gilbert, the daughter of Snow Wilson, the longest serving Club
Secretary, enjoyed a fabulous evening.
2003 is a
special year for the Randwick Botany Cycling Club being our centenary
celebrate the Centenary of the Randwick Botany Cycling Club,
Race Day and Celebration Dinner was held at Heffron Park, Maroubra on
Saturday 15 November 2003 from 10.30am. The 2km enclosed road criterium
circuit provided some exciting racing for junior and senior riders, as
well as top internationals. Over $5,000 prizemoney
was on offer, including
$1,000 for first place in the Elite Race. The Celebration Dinner was
held in a giant marquee from 6.00pm and included
Buffet Dinner, Drinks, Entertainment and Guest Speakers.
would not have been possible if it were not for our sponsors including FRF Couriers, Kelloggs, ProBikeKit.com, Newington Inn hotel, Swift Solutions and Jan & Cohen Real Estate
Centenary was also assisted by a magnificent raffle with sensational
prizes. We thank Merida, Velomax wheel systems, Brigadoon Highlands
Cottages Sutton Forrest, Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Sydney, Polar heart rate
monitors, Avon Nutrimetics, Newington Inn Hotel, Hendry Cycles, RIDE cycling
review magazine and Bicycling Australia magazine.
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