About Us

The club’s history can be traced back to 1898. Before this bicycle races were held locally as part of other sports days and athletic carnivals. The club held its first run on Tuesday night 29 November 1898 when 10 members rode together for a trip by moonlight to Five Mile Hollow on the New England road. The road was reportedly in good order and only one slight accident occurred.

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Above: First Club Ride: Back Row from left: E W Ellis, W Robinson (Delegate) , F G Martin (Hon. Secretary), S Wright (President), Dr P Boelke (Captain), G P Cook      Front Row from left: J Kilgour, T L Mitchell, H O’Connor (Treasurer), G Ashton (Vice Captain)

Image originally published in the NSW “Cyclist” May 11, 1899 Ross Mann & Co. Printers, Sydney (Thanks to the Port Macquarie Historical Society for supplying this image).

Right upper: Formation of PMBC 22 October, 1898

Right lower: The Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate 13 January 1923

 

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The Port Macquarie Bicycle Club reported many events over the years that followed including an annual 6 mile road race in April each year and started and finished in Horton Street. (In April 1922 F Atkinson won in 18 minutes 33, an average of about 32kph). In 1922 the club affiliated with the State body, the NSW League of Wheelmen and built a track at the cricket ground in West Port Park. The track became the site of many races with participants from across the district including the local Wanderers Bicycle Club, and the Hastings Bicycle Club.

The 20’s and 30’s were perhaps the heyday with a great deal of interest in cycling and some great local races, such as the Taree Jubilee Bicycle Race from Port to Taree in 1935  but it was not to last. By 1938, during a tough time in our nation’s history, the club folded. (We know little of the history between 1950-1980 and welcome the interest of any budding historians).

The Club was re-formed in 1988, the year Olympic Cyclist Graham Seers relocated from Sydney to start his own business & also started the club. Over the years there have been seven different presidents, with some serving more than one tenure. The presidents have been Fred Goggin, Geoff Carpenter, Murray Sallaway, Warwick Wickham, David Leigh, David Morton, Kev Fletcher and most recently Greg Linsdell.

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First Track Race

Under the guidance & coaching of Graham Seers the club has produced many outstanding cyclists. These riders include

  • Graham Seers
  • Tim Smeets
  • Steve Newberry
  • Melissa Drady
  • Murray Sallaway
  • Shane Kook
  • Paul Wickham
  • Angus Morton
  • Lachlan Morton
  • Lauren Kitchen
  • Chloe Geyer
  • Kevin Hawes
  • Catherine Hawes
  • Damien O’neil
  • Brendan Brooks
  • Chris Jory
  • Jack Leigh
  • Sequoia Cooper-O’Brien
  • Sam Cox
  • Garry Heagney
  • Liam Magennis

All of these riders have won State, National titles or Elite level Championships..

Leading up the Sydney Olympic Games Port Macquarie Cycle Club received State Government and Port Macquarie Hastings Council grants to construct a velodrome. The velodrome was not suitable for the planned location so the club used the funds to build a criterium track and a 2 storey clubhouse. The club’s facilities are amongst some of the best in the state & puts the club in an enviable position when it comes to hosting major events. The club has hosted The State Junior Road Cycling Championships twice & the State Masters Road Championships 3 times. The club also hosted the Northern Division Road Championships in 2005 and 2016.

The new club raced at 2 venues. Blackmans Point & the Lake Innes Estate were used until the club moved to it’s current location. Originally the start/finish was outside the motor cycle club premises but now all events start & finish in front of our clubhouse. The club moved to it’s current road circuit in the late 90’s. The criterion track & clubhouse construction began in 2006 & although in regular use are still a work in progress.

The club has 5 Life Members in Graham Seers, Warwick Wickham, Doug Currey, Kevin Fletcher & John Leigh who is still very involved with the club well into his 70’s.

Below: Aerial photo of the Criterium Track and Club House circa 2014

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