Sydney Cycling Club was formed in October 1978. Recreational cycling was booming and Eastern Suburbs Cycling Club member Don Beavis set out to build a new club incorporating both sport and recreation aspects, day and weekend tours and socialising as well as various cycle racing disciplines. In good Australian tradition, a barbeque was hosted for riding friends to discuss the idea and the club was born.
With riders sometimes racing overseas, it was decided that the name Sydney would be identifiable anywhere. Today’s club jersey still features the original red, white and blue colours, now in a modified design with Sydney’s famous Opera House in the logo. Early club meetings were held at the [now defunct] Sydney Bicycle and Motor Club.
In 1979, the Sydney Cycling Club organised a criterium race in Sydney’s historic Rocks district to coincide with both the centenary of the Bicycle and Motor Club and the Festival of Sydney, the annual multicultural celebrations. Don and Botany Club members then [by illegally pulling down a few fences] opened up a better criterium venue in Maroubra’s Heffron Park, then a disused migrant hostel centre and now an Eastern suburbs racing institution.
Today, we are one of the largest, and arguably the most friendly, cycling clubs in Sydney, providing training rides six mornings per week, regular tours, frequent time trials, club championship races and supporting open racing. There are currently around 500 members, aged from 21 to 75+ years with the majority between 30-50, and quite a few are celebrating 40 years with the Club.