Had quite a surprise tonight to find out my husband’s Grandfather’s cousin was an international cycling champion. I can’t believe how many incredible stories I keep finding hidden ain the family closet or the fact that we’ve never heard anything about them.
Article taken from excerpts:
‘Australs and Legends’ by Theo van Kalleveen
The Yanks were not the only ones to bolster Australian cycling. Cecil Walker, the all-round champion of America, played a part in a bonanza of splendid bike-racing during the mid 1920s.
During the late Twenties, Cecil Walker, the boy from Marrickville, reigned as the undisputed King of Cycling in all-round
competitions in America.
He returned to Australia on a number of occasions for relatively brief visits. He spent more time racing in his hometown of Sydney, rather than Melbourne, as his contract required him to ride there.
Like his contemporaries, he spent his best years in the States collecting Titles.
Young Cecil, being the son of a grocer, helped with deliveries on his bike. He has lost interest in his pony after he had been thrown in front of his mates. He joined the Marrickville Cycling Club instead. At…
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