Way back when ...
SOON after his birth in 1901, Les Cecil moved to Toogoolawah with his family and lived on a dairy farm there until around 1924.
He learned to ride at an early age and quickly showed a talent for cycling which would later make him famous across the country.
As a youth he rode with a local group of cyclists called the Too goo law ah Wheelers.
They organised group and individual rides including long distance rides between towns in the region.
Les Cecil won his first distance race with the Wheelers making the fastest time between Toogoolawah and Esk and winning the event.
This gave him the taste for long distance racing and he went on to complete several runs between Brisbane and other Australian cities winning many long-distance competitions.
After the Second-World War he moved to Brisbane for work and in 1951 the Federal Government funded Les to ride from Cairns to Canberra marking 50 years of Federation.
This ride received major publicity in every city along the route and made him a household name.
Recently his famous bicycle has been found and its owner has donated it to the Toogoolawah History Museum.
His bicycle will be restored in Brisbane and will be returning home later this year.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Les Cecil during his youth.