2018-07-21: Pop Stewart Memorial

Created: 15 July 2018 Last Updated: 15 July 2018

 

Pop was renowned for his attention to detail, his preparation of the Allard Park cinder track is one example [similar to tennis court gravel], he would water, rake and roll the surface and no one would be permitted on the track for at least three hours to allow it to settle. Everyone could tell the difference if someone else had prepared the track on a Saturday. Pop was the Handicapper, back then every Saturday was a Handicap at Brunswick. The common goal of any young competitor was to make it to A grade and work their way back to Scratch. That’s what Pop would tell you and his words encouraged all to give it their best effort.

Pop’s daughter was interested in the bikes and he was drawn into becoming an active committeeman through her. Pop took over the president’s role when some Brunswick members convinced the relatively unknown Pop to put his name forward as President of the Club. The then (unpopular) current President was so annoyed that he did not nominate and Pop, a footballer, became the president unchallenged! Pop as a non-rider then went on to preside over the club for twenty years in the role as president.

Pop was organising racing in 1953 and 29 years later in 1982 was still a pivotal person for Brunswick and Victorian racing. All handicaps were meticulously handwritten using carbon paper. Pop was aided by a fantastic memory for riders and always gave great encouragement of riders of all ages perfect gentleman.

“I remember well my first meeting with Pop Stewart. It was my first ever bike race as a 14 year old at Mickleham Rd. Pop was the handicapper, he put me off limit and I finished last, but I remember well his encouragement to come back the next week and try again. I guess I’m still coming back for more 40 odd years later, I owe him a lot!!!! I think one of Pop’s great qualities was his equal treatment to all, whether you were an Australian Champion or riding off limit, he had time for everyone. Pop was a long serving handicapper with Brunswick and also was handicapper for the VACU (Pre VCF and CSV) for several years. He was a great servant to both Brunswick and Victorian Cycling.” Richard McCorkell

 

We are up in Broadford for this event. There will be a marshalled E grade doing 2 laps of the 30k circuit - the first lap will be under control with the group practicing handicap skills and the second lap its own race. 

This is the fifth 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 $1,800 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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