Way back when ...

Gatton Star - - News -

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.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTE­D

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Les Ce­cil dur­ing his youth.

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