Goulburn to Sydney Classic

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Goulburn to Sydney
A line of cyclists coming through the arch of the railway bridge at Picton

A line of cyclists coming through the arch of the railway bridge at Picton circa 1934

General
Established 1902
Held September
Country Australia
Region New South Wales
Type One day classic
Data
Editions 93
First Winner Charlie Littlechild, (NSW)
Most Recent Luke Davison, (NSW)
Most fastest times 5 – Kerry Hoole, (NSW)

The Goulburn to Sydney cycling race was a one-day road bicycle race . The race started in 1902 and the most recent event was in 2012.

History[edit]

Dunlop Road race Goulburn to Sydney

The route from Goulburn to Sydney was popular with cyclists in the late 19th century and numerous record attempts were made for the journey finishing at the Sydney GPO. In 1896 the League of Wheelmen organised a race from Goulburn to Ashfield which was won by H Hayes . The fastest time was Arthur Graeme in 7hrs 59'.[1]

The Goulburn to Sydney became an annual event from 1902. The race was initially promoted by the Dunlop Rubber company who also promoted the Warrnambool to Melbourne Classic From 1902 until 1912 the fastest NSW rider was selected to appear for NSW in the Warrnambool to Melbourne Classic.[2][3] The race was initially organised by the League of NSW Wheelmen for professional riders. Two races were held in 1906, on 22 September organised by the newly formed NSW Cyclists Association [4] and on 24 November by the League of NSW Wheelmen.[5]

There were calls for an amateur event [6] however these did not come to fruition until 1913 when the Dunlop Rubber company cancelled the 1913 Goulburn classic. The NSW Cycling Union organised an amateur race as a selection race for the 1916 Summer Olympics.[6]

The race was a handicap race from 1902 to 1993, with riders leaving Goulburn at different intervals. In 1945 the handicap system for the professional race changed to starting in 3 groups.[7] The professional race was conducted as a massed start or a scratch race from 1951–1954 [8] and 1970–1971,[9] however the amateur event continued to be a handicap. From 1985 the professional and amateur races were replaced by a single open race. The open race was conducted as a handicap in 1985–1986 and 1988–1993.[10] From 1994 the race was conducted as a scratch race.[10]

Kerry Hoole set the fastest time on 5 occasions. 7 riders have set the fastest time on 3 occasions, Rodney Crowe, Fred Kerz, Richard "Fatty" Lamb, Robert Leach, Hubert Opperman, Ken Ross, Alfred Strom, Charles Winterbottom. No rider has won the event more than twice, with Richard "Fatty" Lamb, Kevin Massard, Hubert Opperman, Alf Overton, Mark Robinson, Eddy Salas, each achieving two wins.

In 1939 no race was held because the Police Department placed a ban on bicycle racing on main roads in NSW.[11] The race was again banned by the Police in 1948 to 1950 [12][13]

In 2013 the teams insisted upon a full rolling road closure. The Police would not approve a rolling road closure of the Hume Highway and would only approve a single lane rolling road closure, which was not acceptable to the teams.[14] Alternate roads were considered however no agreement could be reached and the event was cancelled.[15]

The Route[edit]

Historically, the route started in Goulburn in the Southern Highlands of NSW and followed what is now known as the Hume Highway to Sydney. There have been various changes to the route over time, reflecting the changes to the Hume Highway and the finish point has varied from Ashfield Town Hall 1902–1913; Enfield 1920–1922, 1924–1936; Merrylands 1923; Lidcombe 1937–1941 & 1946–1952; Sydney Sports Ground 1944; Wiley Park velodrome 1945; Bankstown 1959–1962; Liverpool 1974–1994; and Camden 1995–2012. The race was run in the reverse direction finishing at Goulburn and starting at Enfield in 1953–1958; Milperra 1963–1972 and Hoxton Park 1973

Records and Fast times[edit]

Finish at Enfield

In 1890 Captain Mark Long set the record for the then 137 miles (220 km) in 18½ hours.[16] There were a flurry of attempts in the early 20th century, with the successful attempts being Charlie Orr in 10hrs 38',[17] P Allssoff 10hrs 28,[18] C Melrose 10hr 22½',[19] G E Green amateur record 11hrs 2'[20] and Somerville 9hr 45'.[20]

Littlechild, in winning the 1902 race, beat Graeme's 1896 race record to Ashfield and then continued on to the GPO in 8hrs 20' 30" to eclipse Sommerville's record.[21]

The record to the Sydney GPO does not appear to have been broken since the 1930s, with the professional record being 6hrs 57' 56" set by Frankie Thomas in 1932 as part of his ride from Canberra to Sydney.[22] The amateur record was last set at 5hrs 47' 4" in 1937 by Charles Winterbottom.[23] Since 1937 any speed record attempt on public streets in NSW required the approval of the Commissioner of Police.[24]

There have been so many changes to the road surface, road alignment,[25] distance, direction and finishing location that trying to identify a race record is an exercise in semantics. The following however are some of the more notable times. In the professional ranks, Don Kirkham's time of 6hr 19' to Ashfield in 1911[3] was not eclipsed until Percy Osborn's ride of 6hrs 2m 50s in 1927.[26] Osborn's time of 5hrs 56' 40" to Enfield was the first race time under six hours. By 1935 the race time to Enfield was reduced to 5hrs 2' 31" by Joseph Buckley NSW and H P Veitch Victoria in a dead heat.[27] The first to get under five hours was Kerry Hoole in 1965 from Milperra to Goulburn in the first of his four consecutive fastest times.

In the amateur ranks, Ern Pedersen's time of 6hr 24' 30" in 1913 [6] was second only to Don Kirkham's professional time in 1911 and was not beaten until 1927 when Richard "Fatty" Lamb continued on to Ashfield.[26] The first amateur under six hours was Edgar Johns in 1930 with a time of 5hrs 46' 10" [28] Just five years later Charles Winterbottom had lowered the race time to 5hrs 05' 13" [27] in the second of his three consecutive fastest times. The first amateur under five hours was David Watson in 1969 with a time of 4hrs 57' 20" for the Milperra to Goulburn route.[10]

In the open era, Brett Dutton set the fastest time of 3hrs 40' 34" to Liverpool.[10] With the Camden finish, including a lap of razorback, the fastest time was that of Richard Lang in 2009 in 3hrs 45' 31" [29]

Women's race[edit]

Women did not compete in the Goulburn to Sydney prior to 1980. When women's races were run, they were over shorter distances, such as in 1947 there was a race Camden to Sydney, won by Miss J Whiteley and the fastest time was Mrs O Herd [30] Women did however set records on the course at the time of running the event, with Lillian Thorpe setting a time of 9hr 52' in 1932.[31] Edna Sayers lowered the record to 7hr 41' 5" in 1933,[32] and to 6hrs 11' 30" in 1935[27]. In 1936 as part of her record breaking ride from Canberra to Sydney, Edna Sayers set a new record for Goulburn to the Sydney GPO of 7hrs 43' 8".[33] In 1980 two women from Canberra entered the amateur event, with Shaine Mulholland being reported as the first woman to finish the course.[34] In 2000 there was a separate women's race, won by Nathalie Bates.[35] In 2008 were able to enter the open event. Women wanting to enter the event needed to be graded C and above and needed specific approval as the race exceeded the UCI maximum distance for women.[36] The first female was Oenone Wood who finished 43rd overall.[37]

Winners by year[edit]

For details of second and third as well as the fastest time, see the lists maintained by Cycling NSW for Amateur and Open [10] and Professional.[9]

Goulburn to Sydney Winners
Year First Professional Fastest Professional First Amateur Fastest Amateur
Goulburn to Ashfield
1902 [21] Charlie Littlechild Charlie Littlechild -
1903 [2] Oliver H. Brooks (NSW) Dave Cupples[38] (Vic) -
1904 [39] Tom Robinson[40]  Jack Arnst (NZ) -
1905 [41] Mark Robinson (NSW)  Jack Arnst (NZ) -
1906 A.E. Fowler [4] A.E. Fowler -
R.H. Jefferay [5] L.O.S. Burr (NSW) -
1907 [42] Arthur Walcott[43] George Horder (NSW) -
1908 [44] Mark Robinson (NSW) Tom Larcombe (NSW) -
1909 [45] P.W. Hardy (Vic) H Lundie (NSW) -
1910 [46] Don Kirkham (Vic) Don Kirkham (Vic) -
1911 [3] William Rennie[47] (Vic) Don Kirkham (Vic) -
1912 [48] C.W. Upham Arthur Walcott -
1913 [6] - Ern .W. Pederson (NSW) Ern .W. Pederson (NSW)
1914–1919 No race during World War I
Goulburn to Enfield
1920 [49] W.H. Williams (NSW) Ken Ross (NSW) -
1921 [50] - H. Paulston (NSW) Mick Little (NSW)
Goulburn to Merrylands
1922 [51] - Alf Flood (NSW) Fred Kerz (NSW)
1923 [52] - Edward Clarke (NSW) C.Burness (NSW) & Alf Flood (NSW)
Goulburn to Enfield
1924 [53] Hubert Opperman (Vic) Hubert Opperman (Vic) Harry Thomas (NSW) Fred Kerz (NSW)
1925 [54] D. Brookes R J Cruise (Vic) Richard "Fatty" Lamb (Vic) Richard "Fatty" Lamb (Vic)
1926 [55] R A Munro Ken Ross (NSW) Richard "Fatty" Lamb (Vic) Richard "Fatty" Lamb (Vic)
1927 [26] P J Hird (NSW) Percy Osborn J A Shaw (NSW) Richard "Fatty" Lamb (Vic)
1928 [56] Ken Ross (NSW) Ken Ross (NSW) J Rodgers Fred Kerz (NSW)
1929 [57] Hubert Opperman (Vic) Hubert Opperman (Vic) W McMurtrie (NSW) Bruce McWhirter (NSW)
1930 [28] George Hird Hubert Opperman (Vic) F Burley (NSW) Edgar Johns (NSW)
1931 [58] W Freebairn (NSW) Norman Gilroy (NSW) A T Kenney (NSW) Joe Buckley (NSW)
1932 [59] T Brown (NSW) Harry Cruise (Vic) Ern Milliken (Vic) Ern Milliken (Vic)
1933 [60] G Humphries (NSW) Frankie Thomas (Vic) WA McKenzie (NSW) Ern Milliken (Vic)
1934 [61] C Staples (NSW) Harry Cruise (Vic) R Confoy Charles Winterbottom (NSW)
1935 [27] C Dredge Joe Buckley (NSW) & Pat Veitch (Vic) C Murray Charles Winterbottom (NSW)
1936 [62] Jack Summers (NSW) Bill Moritz (SA) M Rothwell (NSW) Charles Winterbottom (NSW) [63]
1937 [64] J Confoy J Christison W Courtney (NSW) Alfred Strom (NSW)
Goulburn to Lidcombe
1938 [65] J Wood Bill Moritz (SA) W Barker Alfred Strom (NSW)
1939–1940 Police banned bicycle racing on main roads in NSW.[11]
1941 [66] - Noel Johnson (NSW) Alfred Strom (NSW)
1942–1943
Goulburn to Sydney Sports Ground
1944 [67] Alan Munro (Vic) Harry Vincin (NSW) Dave Little (NSW) Arthur Cater (NSW)
Goulburn to Wiley Park
1945 [7] Bernard O'Neill Alan Munro (Vic) L Lawson (NSW) Ian Leary (NSW)
Goulburn to Lidcombe
1946 [68] A Julius (NSW) J Turnbull (NSW) Ron Jones (NSW) Jim Nestor (SA)
1947 [30] Len Hammond (NSW) Len Hammond (NSW) Ben Thiele (NSW) Jack More (NSW)
1948–1950 Police banned bicycle racing on main roads in NSW.[12]
1951 [8] Peter Anthony (Vic) - G Orr (NSW) Neil Furniss (NSW)
Enfield to Goulburn
1952 [69] Fred Arnold - Keith Manny (NSW) Bob France
1953 [70] Reginald Arnold - Ronald Shewan (NSW) Barry Fry (NSW)
1954 [71] Eddie Smith (Vic) - Reg Sherden (NSW) Keith Manny (NSW)
1955 K Furness (NSW) Robert Leach (NSW) B Holder (NSW) Colin Goodsell (NSW)
1956 William Sullivan (NSW) Vic Young (NSW) David McDougall (NSW) Terry Flanagan (NSW)
1957 Barry Kline (NSW) Les Cook (Vic) John Hatton (NSW) David McDougall (NSW)
1958 Thomas Wills (NSW) Thomas Wills (NSW) Geoff Schofield (NSW) Cliff Burvill (NSW)
Goulburn to Bankstown
1959 Robert Leach (NSW) Robert Leach (NSW) Peter McSorley (NSW) Feruccio Giovanetti (NSW)
1960 Kevin Massard (NSW) Robert Leach (NSW) Brian Drew (NSW) Brian Drew (NSW)
1961 Alex Fulcher (NSW) Alex Fulcher (NSW)  Martin Wild (GBR) Brian Drew (NSW)
1962 Kevin Betteridge (NSW) Thomas Wills (NSW) Noel Christensen (NSW) Frank Brazier (NSW)
Milperra to Goulburn
1963 Phil Butler (NSW) Alex Fulcher (NSW) Les Price (NSW) Thomas Delaney (Vic)
1964 A Green (NSW) Lew Bennett (NSW) I Mawer (Vic) Malcolm McCredie (NSW)
1965 Barry O'Laughlin (Vic) Kerry Hoole (NSW) Timo Savimaki (Qld) Timo Savimaki (Qld)
1966 George Sleiker (Vic) Kerry Hoole (NSW) D Garrett (Qld) Gary Teague (NSW)
1967 Alf Overton (NSW) Kerry Hoole (NSW) Donald Wilson (Vic) Donald Wilson (Vic)
1968 Max McGinty (NSW) Kerry Hoole (NSW) Bruce Ryalls (NSW) Kevin Morgan (Tas)
1969 William Massard (NSW) Robert Whetters Hugh Bartlett (NSW) Dave Watson (NSW)
1970 [72] Vic Adams (NSW) - Norm Burridge (NSW) Ray Piper (NSW)
1971 Laurie Rogers (NSW) - Alan Spokes (NSW) Alan Spokes (NSW)
1972 Glenn Pitham (NSW) Kerry Hoole (NSW) Stephen Dixon (NSW)  Barry Ulyatt (NZ)
Goulburn to Liverpool
1973 [73] Robert Whetters (NSW) Robert Whetters J Phillipson (Vic) Richard Paris (NSW)
1974  Don Horley (GBR) Vic Adams (NSW) Harold Shaw (Vic) Terry Parkes (NSW)
1975 Ken Jones (NSW) Rodney Crowe (NSW) Norm Sargent (NSW) Wayne Nicholls (NSW)
1976 Norm Stevens (NSW) Rodney Crowe (NSW) Walter Baer (NSW) Alan Spokes (NSW)
1977 Wayne Lewis (NSW) Rodney Crowe (NSW) Richard Small (NSW) Robert Glindeman (NSW)
1978 [74][75] Alf Overton (NSW) Shane Bartlett (Vic) Kevin Goodman (NSW) Michael Wilson (Tas)
1979 [76][77] Carlo Paiolo (NSW) Darrell Wheeler (NSW) Steve Thompson (NSW) Remo Sansonetti (Vic)
1980 [34] Kevin Massard (NSW) Frank Atkins (NSW) Fred Hart (NSW) Robert Hines (NSW)
1981 [78] Chris Crowe (NSW) Shane Sutton (NSW) Allan Dutton (NSW) Gary Brooks (Vic)
1982 Gary Sutton (NSW) Gary Sutton (NSW) Brett Williams (NSW) Graham Seers (NSW)
1983 Shane Sutton (NSW) Shane Sutton (NSW)  Roger Sumich (NZ)  Roger Sumich (NZ)
1984 Cameron Forge (Vic) Brian Stephens (NSW) David Collings (NSW) Graham Seers (NSW)
1985 Rik Patterson (Vic) Rik Patterson (Vic) -
1986 Rodney Price (ACT) Anthony May (NSW) -
1987 Stephen Griffiths (NSW) - -
1988 [79] Eddy Salas (NSW) Eddy Salas (NSW) -
1989 [80]  John Cosgrove (GBR)  John Cosgrove (GBR) -
1990 Ian Garrity (NSW) Stuart May (NSW) -
1991 [81] Michael Leahy (Qld) - -
1992 [82] Kevin Standen (NSW) Brett Dutton (NSW) -
1993 [83] Kevin Nichols (NSW) Kelvin Martin (NSW) -
1994 Eddy Salas (NSW) - -
Goulburn to Camden
1995 [84] Peter Clayton (NSW) - -
1996 Tim Christopher (ACT) - -
1997 Scott Farley (NSW) - -
1998 Thomas Leaper (Vic) - -
1999 Bart Hickson (NSW) - -
2000 [35] Baden Burke (NSW) - -
2001–2004 -
2005 [85] David McKenzie (Vic) - -
2006 [86] Chris Jongewaard (SA) - -
2007 [87] Robert Williams - -
2008 [37] Will Clarke (TAS) - -
2009 [29] Richard Lang (NSW) - -
2010 [88] Jonathan Cantwell (QLD) - -
2011 [89] Steele Von Hoff (Vic) - -
2012 [90] Luke Davison (NSW) - -

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