Midland Cycle Club to hold annual Anzac memorial race

Midland Cycle Club is hosting its annual memorial race on Anzac Day. Picture: Midland Cycle Club's Facebook page.
Midland Cycle Club is hosting its annual memorial race on Anzac Day. Picture: Midland Cycle Club's Facebook page.

THE Midland Cycling Club is calling on cyclists to join its annual Stan Gurney VC Memorial Race on Anzac Day.

The criterium style road race, named after the late war veteran and former club member Arthur Stanley Gurney, has been running for more than 70 years.

It was first held in Collie before relocating to the Perth Hills and later Midland.

Mr Gurney died while trying to silence enemy machine guns near El Alamein in Egypt on July 22, 1942.

The race starts after an Anzac Day service and will travel through Yelverton Drive, Midland Brickyards, Centennial Place, Clayton Street, Lloyd Street and St John of God Hospital.

Race director Lesley Richardson said there would be 10 grades for all ages and abilities, starting from under-13s to A grade men and women.

“Every year, a large number of our members attend the Midland service and one of our junior members also reads an ode to Stan Gurney as part of the service,” she said.

Ms Richardson urged people interested in getting into cycling to chat to members on the day.

“Midland Cycle Club provides training for both road and track, and is always looking for new members of any age and experience,” she said.

“We hold track sessions from 5pm on Wednesdays at the Midvale Speed Dome, where the first session is free, including a hire track bike.”

The race starts at 9.15am on Yelverton Drive.

Register at https://entryboss.cc/|races/2385.

Visit the club’s website or email president@midlandcycleclub.com.au.