TOM LOWRY MEMORIAL WEEKEND 6-7 MAY 2017
The Tom Lowry Memorial is in its 75th year and is one of Western Australia's most prestigious road races. 2017 will once again include a Saturday afternoon criterium on one of the safest and fastest courses in WA. Sunday will see the traditional road race. Both events will start and finish at the Collie Motorplex.
Criterium Saturday, 6th May 2017 – Collie Motorplex
12.00pm start. Registration from 10.00am
Tom Lowry Memorial, 7th May 2017 – Collie Motorplex
11.30am start. Registration from 9.30am.
Saturday 16th August will see the Collie Cycle Club host the 89th edition of the Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycle Classic.
This race, which began in 1925, is the only true remaining handicap event in WA. It is steeped in tradition and includes past winners and fastest timers such as Henk Vogels, Anthony Giacoppo, Steele Bishop, ‘Pika’ Davis, Eddie Hollands, Matt Poyner, Graham McVilly, Guido Fulst (Germany), Hilton McMurdo, Jim Krynen, ‘Toti’ Bonser, Mike Dye, Gary Suckling and Brad Hall. The fastest females have also included the likes Melissa Hoskins, Judith Arndt. In 2012 Leonie Burford became the first female winner in the event’s history.
The historic race begins in the WA coal mining town of Collie, 200km south of Perth and heads through hilly terrain towards Mumballup for 21km before turning and heading towards the township of Donnybrook. This is the half-way point where the riders then turn and return towards Mumballup with the last 21km of the course being a torturous return through the hills to the finish line in the main street of Collie to complete the 104km course.
Race day includes a 56km support race, participation rides (including a schools challenge) and a mountain bike event.
The event passes through some of the best terrain the South West of WA has to offer and caters for all levels of riders. The day allows for past and present riders to catch up and enjoy the day and be part of an historic event.
The course record currently stands at 2 hours 21 minutes and 23 seconds set by Ben Godrige back in 1998. A $1200 bonus exists for any rider that breaks the record in 2014!
Have you got what it takes to conquer Heartbreak Hill?
The Collie Cycle Club looks forward to your support at the event. Come and be a part of history!- See more at: http://bicyclingaustralia.com.au/2014/04/collie-donnybrook-and-return-cycle-classic-2014#sthash.IbohvRlt.dpuf