50TH ANNUAL BOB ROBSON MEMORIAL ANZAC DAY CYCLING CARNIVAL
SATURDAY 23rd APRIL
Start time: B Grade 1.30pm, A/Open Grade 2.30 PM - Finish 3.30 PM.
Venue: Pasco St, Verdon St, Perry St and Railway Place, Williamstown. (Around Williamstown Secondary College)
The Bob Robson Memorial has been one of the major races on the local cycling calendar and has been won by some of Australian Cycling’s great champions including Olympian and Melbourne to Warnambool winner John Bylsma, Olympian and Australian Kilo Champion Max Rainsford, International 6 Day Star Don Allan and Sun Tour of Victoria and Warnambool winners David Allan and Peter Besanko. The continued positive support of the Williamstown RSL, the Robson Family, the Hobsons Bay Council and the Footscray Cycling Club has allowed the race achieve the wonderful milestone of the 50th staging this year.
Bob Robson was a foundation member of the Williamstown RSL and the Williamstown Cycling Club, which merged into the powerful Footscray Cycling Club in 1970. Bob was a well known Williamstown identity, owning and running the very popular Seagull Cycles Business in Ferguson St Williamstown throughout his working life.
Following Bob's passing in 1959, the RSL and the Williamstown Cycling Club decided to hold a race in Williamstown in his honour. The first Bob Robson Memorial was held on Anzac Day 1960, the day the State Government first allowed sport, including VFL Football, to be played on Anzac Day afternoon.
This year’s race carnival will be the biggest yet, with VIP’s, including: Bill Tehan - Mayor City of Hobsons Bay, Bill Sommers - Chairman - The Road Safe Westgate Community Road Safety Council, Klaus Mueller - President – Cycling Australia Inc, members of the Robson Family, Ernie Poole - President - Williamstown RSL, and previous winners including: John Bylsma, Wayne Roberts, Ross Forster and Max Rainsford. Some of the best cyclists in Victoria will be there this year with one aim in mind – winning the coveted 50th Bob Robson Memorial Trophy.
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