Ce­cil’s record is beaten

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

A RECORD ride that stood for al­most 100 years was smashed at the week­end when Lach­lan Davis sad­dled up for a 161km jour­ney.

On Sun­day, suc­cess­ful Queens­land en­durance cy­clist Davis broke the time record in a marathon ride from Bris­bane to Too­goolawah.

The record ride of five hours and 25 min­utes was set by Aus­tralia’s first en­durance cy­cling cham­pion Les Ce­cil on July 24, 1926.

Davis beat the 92-year-old record in a feat made even more ex­tra­or­di­nary con­sid­er­ing the changes in road sur­faces, ad­di­tion of over­passes and many other im­ped­i­ments, as well as the in­tro­duc­tion of lights at larger in­ter­sec­tions.

Davis now has his sights set on try­ing to repli­cate other long-dis­tance en­durance rides made by Ce­cil.

Af­ter the feat, Davis vis­ited the Too­goolawah His­tory Mu­seum and viewed the bi­cy­cle rid­den by Ce­cil in his 1951 ride from Cairns to Can­berra to mark 50 years of Fed­er­a­tion.

Davis said he was in awe of Ce­cil and that it was “a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence to be able to achieve this goal”.

The two men have more than a love of long-dis­tance cy­cling in com­mon.

Both were raised on dairy farms in South­east Queens­land, learnt to ride on dirt roads and made some of their own bi­cy­cles from re­cy­cled parts.

“We think Les Ce­cil would be thrilled to know that such a per­son cared enough to give his record a go and suc­ceeded,” mu­seum sec­re­tary Beryce Nel­son said.

View the Ce­cil bi­cy­cle by vis­it­ing the mu­seum in the old rail­way sta­tion, Cress­brook St, Too­goolawah.

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