Cir­cle ever widen­ing as cy­cling event gains in sig­nif­i­cance

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

TIM An­der­son’s per­ma­nent me­mo­rial is that of a sta­tion­ary, soli­tary white bi­cy­cle, sus­pended near Curtin Av­enue, Mos­man Park.

On Satur­day, the con­trast of bikes pass­ing the ocean­side me­mo­rial will ap­pear per­pet­u­ally in mo­tion, as a few hun­dred cy­clists take part in an an­nual safe ride in mem­ory of Tim.

Tim (26) was hit by a drunk-driver while cy­cling along Curtin Av­enue in 2012. His fa­ther Ian, along with com­mit­ted sup­port­ers, has or­gan­ised a me­mo­rial ride ev­ery Novem­ber since.

In a touch­ing trib­ute to a fel­low cy­clist killed in trag­i­cally sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances, rid­ers from Triathlon WA will join this year’s event as a way to also pay trib­ute to Brynt McSwain.

The elite triath­lete died in Oc­to­ber last year when hit by a drunk driver while cy­cling in Welsh­pool.

The ap­proach and idea to also hon­our Brynt this Satur­day came from none other than Ian An­der­son.

Mr An­der­son wants Tim’s Ride to take on fur­ther mean­ing each year and cre­ate greater aware­ness of the is­sues around cy­clists’ safety.

He also wanted to per­son­ally reach out to the McSwain fam­ily – as one of the few who per­haps could un­der­stand their grief – and in­vite their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Triathlon WA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Pe­ter Minchin re­mem­bered Brynt as an elite racer and a “mas­sive, model guy” for the triathlon com­mu­nity.

Mr Minchin was proud many were plan­ning to take the op­por­tu­nity to ride this Satur­day to hon­our both young men.

Scotch Col­lege stu­dents ride ev­ery year to hon­our the past scholar and this year, the boys’ school has en­ticed sup­port from broth­er­sis­ter school Pres­by­te­rian Ladies’ Col­lege.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d445906

PLC stu­dents An­gel­ica Vil­la­fuerte and Yasmeen Razvi with Ian An­der­son and Scotch Col­lege stu­dents Fraser Cull and Gyles Davies.

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