2018-05-26: Jim Fawcett and Mario Giramonda Memorial

Created: 20 May 2018 Last Updated: 23 May 2018

For many Victorian cyclists, Mario Giramondo would be considered one of the founding fathers of our modern local cycling scene. His well known exploits on the bike, including winning a number of Melbourne to Warrnambool classics were equally matched by his personal and family's commitment to supporting the development of young local cyclists. That support has been invaluable for many current and past champions and to this day; through his son's work with Drapac Professional Cycling is paving the way for the next crop of talent.

Like many Northern Combine cyclists Jim Fawcett took up cycling later on in life but made up for lost time by not only excelling on two wheels but leading by example off the bike. During his time in cycling, Jim was a huge contributor at both the Preston and Coburg Cycling Clubs. In 1985 Jim won the Melbourne-to-Yarrawonga. The win typified the man - he rode off a middle mark, never missing a turn and spent the final 30km with one rider sitting on his wheel, unwilling to work.  Undeterred he pressed on and took out the sprint in what was a popular victory.

He was a much loved ambassador of our sport and friend to many who still carry his memory to this day. Sadly Jim was killed when he was hit by a bus whilst training on the morning of 1 April 1987. He left behind a wife, two teenage sons and three young daughters.

 

We are at the Metcalfe Redesdale course this weekend, though it will be a modified course due to roadworks.  It will be the same as the last stage of the 3 Day Tour this year, which is a 95k hilly out and back.  This is a tough course so we have also added a D and E Grade (WB and WC) option that turns at an earlier point to make it 50k.  We will be using electronic timing for this event.

This is the first of the NorthWestern Handicap Tour, our new partnership with Footscray and Geelong Cycling Clubs.  The series consists of 7 races, with each riders best 4 races counting towards overall points for a $2,100 prize pool (plus prizes at each event).

All riders must enter in advance via the EntryBoss link below. The link also contains further race information. As this is a handicap, we ask that you enter before Thursday. 

EntriesEntry Boss (Late Entry Policy

Entries open Sunday at 6pm for vols and then Monday at 9pm for non-vols.  Entries close on Thursday morning.  There are no on-the-day entries. 

 

 

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