NOTE: anyone having any information about any of the below memorial races, please contact Andrew B...
Raced as part of the Brian Saffin Series In memory of Phillip Earl, a promising junior from the Blue Lake Sports Park Cycling Club who was killed in a car accident
The Bailey Memorial:
The Bailey has been contested no less than 76 times making it one of Australia's oldest races up there with the alex roberts 100, the original trophy is still in circulation. Allan Bailey may have come from the era when wooden wheels & woollen jerseys ruled the peloton, and the word triathelete referred to a runner with a strange disability, but is regarded as one of Mount Gambier’s greatest (if not the best) cyclist ever produced. You just have to ask any member of the Mount Gambier Cycling fraternity from the past 10 to 60 years, and they will speak about the man who has had no equal. Sure enough he wasn’t the Opperman or the “Snowy” Monuro of the era, but he was the best we had, if not the best ever! But it is how we remember these champions that our club is measured by! Sure enough the “Bailey Memorial” has been continuously run every season since it’s inception in 1932. A race every club rider dearly wanted to add to his/her palmares. To win the 100 Mile clearly out of the reach of most riders, but the “Bailey”, a win worth stiving for. A race that was once guaranteed 100% participation from club members. A race that even the non-cycling public, would pick up The Border Watch just to see who won the “Bailey”. The “Bailey” was always regarded as the hardest club memorial to win, the course was always tough, the conditions (it was always raced on the first Sunday in September) were tough & the competetion was tough. But in recent times we have seen the race distance change (decreasing), easier race conditions (now raced in Autumn), less priority placed upon it (smaller fields down to 8 riders) borrowed from an article written by "Single Tracker" on the club forums.
Max McKenzie was born in Mt Gambier. In his youth he was a champion athlete particularly in the discipline of hurdling. He was the father of 4 sons Stuart, Doug, Keith and David. When his son Stuart took up bike riding at the age of 14 Max started to help out as a volunteer in the Mount Gambier Cycling Club and over the years he was a starter, timekeeper and handicapper. He also helped out with the fundraising that the club undertook when they built the first clubrooms at Vansittart Park.
The first Max McKenzie Memorial race was held in 1961.
Held Every year on Anzac day, sponsored by the Mt Gambier RSL
Brian Saffin Memorial: