Circle ever widening as cycling event gains in significance
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.
PLC students Angelica Villafuerte and Yasmeen Razvi with Ian Anderson and Scotch College students Fraser Cull and Gyles Davies.