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Where are they now?
August 1, 2013
Today we continue our lead up to the 2013 Collie to Donnybrook event by catching up with Brad Hall.

Brad Hall has been a regular fixture on the national and international professional racing circuits for the past few years. Hall has completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sport Science and he established Hall Cycle Training in 2011 with a number of successful riders coming from his stable. Hall has also twice won fastest time in the Collie to Donnybrook in 2005 & again in 2011 when he recorded the 3rd fastest time ever recorded in the race (2h 23min 18sec)

How did your cycling days begin?
Out of a triathlon injury from a triathlon career that spanned 1 year!

The Collie to Donnybrook brings back special memories for past riders. What are your fondest memories of racing the Collie to Donnybrook race?
Having a hard working group of riders working hard toward the final, the speed into the finish coming off Mumballup climb is awesome.

Funniest moment?
Henry Morley putting me in the gutter for the sprint final two years ago.

Who is the best rider you have raced against or have seen?
Eddie Hollands and Hilton McMurdo

From what I can gather you must be a busy man these days?
I am still trying to race and run a successful coaching and training service for cyclists.

What are you doing these days outside of cycling?
My life revolves around two wheels!

And can we expect to see you back at the Collie to Donnybrook again in 2013?
All going well I hope to ride the event, it is a cracker!

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Where are they now?
July 31, 2013
It was the winter of '69 when Wayne Lally rode to victory and recorded the fastest time on the day (2h 43min 31sec) in the Collie to Donnybrook and Return Classic. Wayne provides an interesting insight into his life and what lead him to take up the position of President of West Coast Masters Cycling Council

How did you begin racing bikes?
I started racing with the Northam Amateur C.C. in 1957 as a16 yo. Track racing was my specialty and I won many state championships over the next 10 years to be awarded W.A. Champion of Champions for 1968.

My friends in Midland (pro) C.C. persuaded me to join W.A. League of Wheelmen and concentrate on the more lucrative (???) road racing seasons, although track was still a good side line.

Where did life take you when you finished your career?
At the end of 1979 I retired, after 22 years continual racing on the track in summer and road each winter.

We moved to Tasmania and bought a small farm, I thought I would never put my leg over a bike again!

But in 1994 family reasons saw us back in Perth and enjoying bike riding.
Since then I have competed at many National Masters Championships and twice ridden the World Masters Championships.

Unfortunately in 2011, I suffered a cardiac arrest and can longer race.

As I am now a retired person I have taken the position of President of West Coast Masters Cycling Council and finding that most rewarding.
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Where are they now?
Henk Vogels Junior!


Today we speak with a past winner and fastest timer of the 1991 Collie to Donnybrook & Return race. It’s none other than legend of Australian cycling Henk Vogels Jnr. who celebrates his birthday today.

What do you recall about the day you won the event?
My memories of the race are very vivid , I knew the history and really wanted to win it. I'd heard all the old war stories from Henk Snr , out and back full gas and first and fastest. It was one of the premier races to win WA.

You were 18 years old when you won the event. Do you consider it a good stepping stone for future riders?
The Collie to Donnybrook is a West Aussie classic. The race itself is a stepping stone for all cyclists and something you should be proud of.

How many Collie to Donnybrook’s did you end up riding?
I rode the Donnybrook twice, once where I won it and again straight after the Olympic Games in 92. In1992 I was very strong for about an hour after just training for the team pursuit so I went in the CHOP of the scratch bunch. I ripped in and dragged the scratch bunch up to the first bunch and then absolutely blew! I’m, still waiting for my split? You know who you are!

You must have seen some good riders in your day, who was the best rider you rode with or against?
Probably the best rider I rode against was Miguel Indurain, he was 83 kg (my weight) but could still climb and win five tours (Tour De France), what an animal.

What about your funniest moments?
Lots of funny moments but I probably can't tell most of them however I did fall in a dyke in the Tour of Holland one year and jumped back on the pushy with green slime all over me.

Given your impressive international career including finishing top 10 in the Paris-Roubaix twice and placing third in a stage at the Tour DE France what would be your advice for anyone riding in this year’s Collie to Donnybrook and Return Classic?
My advice for all entering is go hard, use your head and ride it like there's no tomorrow, but don't forget to enjoy yourself

You now have a successful coaching and media career. How’s it all going for you?
I'm flat out like a lizard drinking. I'm working for SBS, doing some coaching and just started my own cycling touring company. Check the website out at vogelsts.com.au. I am also working as a sales rep and oh yeah I also have four kids two dogs and a beautiful wife to take care off

Lucky you mentioned the wife! Have a happy birthday and thanks for sharing a few moments with us.

Photo: Happy Birthday Henk Vogels!Today we speak with a past winner and fastest timer of the 1991 Collie to Donnybrook & Return race. It’s none other than legend of Australian cycling Henk Vogels Jnr. who celebrates his birthday today.What do you recall about the day you won the event?My memories of the race are very vivid , I knew the history and really wanted to win it. I'd heard all the old war stories from Henk Snr , out and back full gas and first and fastest. It was one of the premier races to win WA.You were 18 years old when you won the event. Do you consider it a good stepping stone for future riders?The Collie to Donnybrook is a West Aussie classic. The race itself is a stepping stone for all cyclists and something you should be proud of.How many Collie to Donnybrook’s did you end up riding?I rode the Donnybrook twice, once where I won it and again straight after the Olympic Games in 92. In1992 I was very strong for about an hour after just training for the team pursuit so I went in the CHOP of the scratch bunch.  I ripped in and dragged the scratch bunch up to the first bunch and then absolutely blew! I’m, still waiting for my split?  You know who you are! You must have seen some good riders in your day, who was the best rider you rode with or against?Probably the best rider I rode against was Miguel Indurain, he was 83 kg (my weight) but could still climb and win five tours (Tour De France), what an animal.What about your funniest moments?Lots of funny moments but I probably can't tell most of them however I did fall in a dyke in the Tour of Holland one year and jumped back on the pushy with green slime all over me.Given your impressive international career including finishing top 10 in the Paris-Roubaix twice and placing third in a stage at the Tour DE France what would be your advice for anyone riding in this year’s Collie to Donnybrook and Return Classic?My advice for all entering is go hard, use your head and ride it like there's no tomorrow, but don't forget to enjoy yourself You now have a successful coaching and media career. How’s it all going for you?I'm flat out like a lizard drinking.  I'm working for SBS, doing some coaching and just started my own cycling touring company. Check the website out at vogelsts.com.au. I am also working as a sales rep and oh yeah I also have four kids two dogs and a beautiful wife to take care off Lucky you mentioned the wife! Have a happy birthday and thanks for sharing a few moments with us.

 


 

Where are they now?

July 30, 2013
In 2012 Leonie Burford created a frenzy & cycling history by becoming the first ever female to win the Collie to Donnybrook & Return Classic in its 87 year history. Leonie took some time to answer a few questions about the race and if she would be back to defend her crown.

This year is the 88th running of the Collie to Donnybrook race and you are the only female winner in the history of the race. How does that make you feel?
Quite honoured to be the first on the list of many female winners to come. We certainly are the minority in racing, so to get one up in a sprint finish was great to show that women can mix it with the lads.

It looked as if you couldn’t wipe the smile from your face after the race. How long did it take to sink in?
I was in complete shock. In a race like that, you just expect the big dogs to come flying past you in the final km's. So I'd say it took the entire trip back to Perth to sink in.

Did you think you were a chance to win going into the 2012 race?
To be honest, the Collie to Donnybrook was my first test-event after breaking my ribs mountain biking so I had absolutely no expectation of finishing let alone winning.

You also race on the mountain bike scene. Do you prefer the road or dirt?
In a roadie forum.... I think the truth would hurt too much. So we'll just say the road

How did you get into cycling?
Like every other kid... On holidays around Australia, my folks would send us out on the bikes while they set up camp. My Dad has a great photo of me riding along Cable beach when I was 8.... Had to start somewhere.

Who has been your biggest influence?
Since getting back into cycling in 2011, Brad Hall was my influence in taking me from weekend warrior to competitive racer. His strong work ethic and scientific approach to coaching is extremely impressive.

Will you be back this year to defend your crown?
Sadly I can't make it back as I'll be at work in the desert
Besides... I think I would get a much tougher handicap this year!

Thanks for taking time out to talk to us

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Where are they now?
July 30, 2013
In the 2006 Collie to Donnybrook & Return Classic a bunch of 10 riders turned into Throssel St. to sprint for the line. It was Nathan Dyke who had the legs in a well timed sprint. Dyke had controversially ridden under a day license which caused a review of the handicapping rules of the event. We caught up with Nathan to ask a few questions about the race and his career these days.

How did your cycling days begin?
After travelling the world and using bikes for transport I decided I wanted to learn more about them and I then fluked a job at Cyclemania when Darryl Benson owned it. Since then the shop has been sold to Wayne Evans who encouraged and helped me get into racing. I haven't been able to give up the habit ever since!

The Collie to Donnybrook brings back special memories for past riders. What are your fondest memories of racing the Collie to Donnybrook race?
Winning of course and the amazing effort the Collie Club went to in organising the event and the slickness in which it was carried out. An awesome example at the time as often other races were a bit of a shambles elsewhere.

Funniest moment?
It seemed to be a minor scandal at the time that a day license rider had won the event, this gave me great delight. Wayne also told me I had better buy a license with the winnings.

Who is the best rider you have raced against or have seen?
Craig Gordon (mountain biker !)

Are you involved in cycling these days?
Yep, now work in wholesale for Giant bikes. Pretty cool job as I occasionally get to go out to races and spend much of my day hanging out in bike shops.
I'm also trying to build the profile of a brand of bicycle tubes we created called "Rocket".

What are you doing these days outside of cycling?
Figuring out how to fit riding into having four kids.

Thanks for the chat Nathan.

Photo: Where are they now?In the 2006 Collie to Donnybrook & Return Classic a bunch of 10 riders turned into Throssel St. to sprint for the line.  It was Nathan Dyke who had the legs in a well timed sprint. Dyke had controversially ridden under a day license which caused a review of the  handicapping rules of the event.  We caught up with Nathan to ask a few questions about the race and his career these days.How did your cycling days begin?After travelling the world and using bikes for transport I decided I wanted to learn more about them and I then fluked a job at Cyclemania when Darryl Benson owned it.  Since then the shop has been sold to Wayne Evans who encouraged and helped me get into racing.  I haven't been able to give up the habit ever since!The Collie to Donnybrook brings back special memories for past riders. What are your fondest memories of racing the Collie to Donnybrook race?Winning of course and the amazing effort the Collie Club went to in organising the event and the slickness in which it was carried out. An awesome example at the time as often other races were a bit of a shambles elsewhere.Funniest moment?It seemed to be a minor scandal at the time that a day license rider had won the event, this gave me great delight.  Wayne also told me I had better buy a license with the winnings. Who is the best rider you have raced against or have seen?Craig Gordon (mountain biker !)Are you involved in cycling these days?Yep, now work in wholesale for Giant bikes.  Pretty cool job as I occasionally get to go out to races and spend much of my day hanging out in bike shops.I'm also trying to build the profile of a brand of bicycle tubes we created called

 


 

Where are they now?
July 29, 2013
In the latest edition we speak with Collie local Ross Davis who also shared some photos of his Uncle "Pika" Davis winning the Melbourne to Warrnambool Race in 1956. The fastest rider on the day and in the presentation photo is Russell Mockridge.

How many times did you compete in the Collie to Donnybrook?
I think about 5. I rode them back in the 70’s so my memory is a bit ague these days
One year I was winning and thought I had it won. Just on the outskirts of Collie I got near Saunders Bridge and my chain came off and then one of the Oliver’s past me and went onto win
I won the sub juniors twice

How did your cycling days begin?
The rest of my family road as well and at our school we had a local come down and convince us to join the club.
The big influence was my uncle Bob “Pika” Davis who actually won the Collie to Donnybrook in '55 and the Melbourne to Warrnambool back in 1956. I have his trophy from the Warrnambool win sitting at home.
He went from Collie to Melbourne for a bet an ended up winning the race. Russell Mockridge was the fastest time that day. Unfortunately "Pika" was tragically taken in a shooting accident in the 70's

The Collie to Donnybrook brings back special memories for past riders. What are your fondest memories of racing the Collie to Donnybrook race?
The cold and wet weather, especially the hail stones. It was always like that but we liked it that way.

Funniest moment?
Not at the Collie to Donnybrook but I remember when my head stem came offat the start of the race at the Collie velodrome. It was in front of a pretty good crowd as well.
Another time was at the pub. We had roller competitions and one night at the Club Hotel I blew a tyre on the rollers!

Who is the best rider you have raced against or have seen?
I raced against Steele Bishop and I beat him a couple of times and got to stand on the dais with him in 3rd and myself in 1st. That was a pretty good feeling.
The best track rider I saw was Gordon Johnson who was a world sprint champion in his time

Are you involved in cycling these days?
No. I go for the occasional ride around Collie and try to get to the Lowry and Collie to Donnybrook events each year if I am not working.

What are you doing these days outside of cycling?
Watching V8’s, the footy and I go camping and fishing as much as I can.
I still stay up late and watch the cycling on TV and I work out at one of the local coal mines operating 793 haul trucks.
 
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Where are they now?
July 29, 2013
Today we catch up with one of the most recognisable personalities in cycling: Eddy Hollands.

Eddy Hollands won the 75th edition of the 104 km Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycle Classic. Starting from scratch Hollands broke away shortly after the race came together, leading home 1996 winner Chris Brown by 22 seconds. In third place was Paul O'Neill closely followed by Dave Townson, Scott Suckling and Ric Steele. Hollands broke away going up the last of the climbs for a solo victory.

How did your cycling days begin?
I started when I was 8yrs old in Wagin when I was introduced by a family friend.

The Collie to Donnybrook brings back special memories for past riders. What are your fondest memories of racing the Collie to Donnybrook race?
Of course winning with the help of my close friend Chris Brown.

Funniest moment?
The party we used have after on the Saturday nights.

Who is the best rider you have raced against or have seen?
Henk Vogels

Where is your cycling at 13 years on from the win?
Yes, I am old enough now to race masters and also open. I still race on the Asian circuit when the chance arises and I also now have my own racing team: Eddy Hollands Bicycle Services Racing Team.

What are you doing these days outside of cycling?
Run my own Mobile Bicycle Services Business, called Eddy Hollands Bicycle Services

Will you be racing the Collie to Donnybrook Classic in 2013?
See you there in August!

 

Photo: Where are they now?Today we catch up with one of the most recognisable personalities in cycling: Eddy Hollands.Eddy Hollands won the 75th edition of the 104 km Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycle Classic. Starting from scratch Hollands broke away shortly after the race came together, leading home 1996 winner Chris Brown by 22 seconds. In third place was Paul O'Neill closely followed by Dave Townson, Scott Suckling and Ric Steele.  Hollands broke away going up the last of the climbs for a solo victory. How did your cycling days begin? I started when I was 8yrs old in Wagin when I was introduced by a family friend.The Collie to Donnybrook brings back special memories for past riders. What are your fondest memories of racing the Collie to Donnybrook race? Of course winning with the help of my close friend Chris Brown.Funniest  moment? The party we used have after on the Saturday nights.Who is the best rider you have raced against or have seen? Henk VogelsWhere is your cycling at 13 years on from the win? Yes, I am old enough now to race masters and also open. I still race on the Asian circuit when the chance arises and I also now have my own racing team: Eddy Hollands Bicycle Services Racing Team.What are you doing these days outside of cycling? Run my own Mobile Bicycle Services Business, called Eddy Hollands Bicycle ServicesWill you be racing the Collie to Donnybrook Classic in 2013?See you there in August!

 

Where are they now?

In 2009 Perth rider Russell Brooks was finally able to win the Collie to Donnybrook.  We took some time to ask Russell a few questions.

 

What year did you win the Collie to Donnybrook?

2009 – I think

 

How did your cycling days begin?

Riding a mtb

 

The Collie to Donnybrook brings back special memories for past riders. What are your fondest memories of racing the Collie to Donnybrook race?

Finally winning the race after years of trying

 

Funniest  moment?

John Smith's handicapping each year!

 

Who is the best rider you have raced against or have seen?

Matt Illingworth

 

Are you involved in cycling these days?

Just time trials and some races when they fit in with Sunday junior football

 

What are you doing these days outside of cycling?

Building houses. My business is based in Balcatta: Brooks Construction

 

 


 

Eddie Hunt won the 1962 Collie to Donnybrook & Return Classic. We take a moment to ask a Eddie a few questions about his career and where he is these days. He remembered his cycling days like it was yesterday!

Eddie Hunt 1962

What year did you win the Collie to Donnybrook? 

1962 

 

How did your cycling days begin?  

When Eddie married his good wife Dorothy Lloyd, he was taken in by her three big brothers Bill, Ralph and George who all cycled for the Belmont Wheelers. 

 

The Collie to Donnybrook brings back special memories for past riders. What are your fondest memories of racing the Collie to Donnybrook race? 

The prestige of wining such a race.  With the winnings  Eddie & his wife Dot were able to buy a car.

 

Funniest  moment? 

When all the back riders in the 1962 race thought they had caught the front riders but no one saw little Eddie Hunt ahead. 

 

Who is the best rider you have raced against or have seen? 

Barry Waddell, the Oliver's & Sucklings. 

 

Are you involved in cycling these days? 

No not riding but follow it. I come to the Collie to Donnybrook every year and watch the big races such as the Tour de France as a priority. A few years ago we went to the Australian Tour Down Under in Adelaide. 

 

What are you doing these days outside of cycling? 

Enjoying retirement and the grand kids. Drive around WA a lot. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to this months ‘Where are they now?’ with one of our past locals who dedicated over two decades of her life to supporting local racing in bygone eras. Jessie Flower not only was known for her riding ability but also for the many Friday nights in the kiosk at the track volunteering her time. This month Jessie recalls some of her fondest memories.

 

 

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How were you involved in cycling?

I rode socially like many others in town particularly back in the fifties and sixties when that was a common form of transport. At times I would compete to fill in or because someone had convinced me to do so but my real passion was the social occasions.

The Friday nights at the track and the Collie to Donnybrook cabarets were big events back in the day. I spent many hours cooking, cleaning and volunteering my time. They were great days and I met many great people!

How did your cycling days begin?

I came from a cycling family and had a number of brothers that I followed on two wheels. Eventually I just fell into the club and it became part of life at the time. My brothers raced for a while and races in the local streets were common and competitive.

What are your fondest memories in cycling?

The friendships! Collie was a terrific social town and sporting events were a big event even if you weren’t racing you would still come down to watch your friends compete. Many of my lifelong friend were made from the cycling club and the kiosk on Friday nights became somewhat of a social event themselves. Counselling sessions, advice, you name it we gave it with your drink and food on a Friday night.

At times I think we consumed more alcohol when we were preparing the food than the guys at the bar.

Funniest cycling moment:

It wasn’t actually in the event. A rider had come down from Perth for a race at the track. The girls in the kiosk watched him warm up for about 2 hours and trying to impress us he said he was here to give the local boys a lesson. After explaining his tactics to us and brimming in confidence he went to roll out onto the track for the start of his race however he lost balance at the gate fell and broke his collarbone. So in the end the poor bloke didn’t even make it onto the track and we ended up having to take him to hospital. Unfortunately he didn’t see the funny side of it.

Who is the best rider you have raced against or have seen?

There were many good local riders in that era. They worked hard, trained hard and played hard. In the case of the women Evelyn Logue was one of a kind and hard to beat when I did race.

Are you involved in cycling these days?

I haven’t been anywhere near a race or social event for years now but I still stay up and watch the grand tours on TV. I still think of the fond memories, it was a way of life then.

The Collie Velodrome brings back special memories for past riders. What are your reflections of the velodrome days?

I hope they get the grants and government support they have ben chasing for some time as it would be sad to see the track go to waste and it’s the only outside velodrome in WA. It’s a big deal for many people past and present and it was and I am sure still would be terrific for the town

What are you doing these days outside of cycling?

Living in Perth in a nursing home but I still regularly visit Collie and we always make a special trip down on Collie to Donnybrook day and also for the Lowry.

 

 

 

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