Perth cycling communuty to say farewell to Terry Driessen with memorial ride

Terry Driessen. Picture: Facebook
Terry Driessen. Picture: Facebook

THE Perth cycling community will hold a memorial ride tomorrow for their friend and colleague Terry Driessen.

The 57-year-old former A-grade cyclist died in an accident last month when he rode into the back of a stationary bus in Melville on his way home to Palmyra.

The ride, which will raise money for Terry’s three children, will start from Glen Parker Cycles in Nedlands at 7am and head for Fremantle.

Glen Parker Cycles employee Jeff Brooks said Terry was a customer of the store and visited the day before he died.

“He bought his bikes from us,” Jeff said. “He liked his Italian exotic bikes; we sell them.

“Most of us knew him since the late 1980s when he started racing.

“He did the Tour of Mauritius a few times; I did it one year with him.”

Jeff said Terry’s death was a sad loss.

“Terry was not so much racing anymore but still out on his bike most days,” he said.

“He would do group rides around the river on the weekend.

“He was in the shop the day before he died getting some stuff for his bike.”

A $10 donation from each rider tomorrow will go toward the Driessen family.

“RIP Terry Driessen, a dad, a son, a brother, a mate,” a promotion for the ride said.

“The ride will go along Stirling Highway, turn right at Eric Street then left on to Marine Parade past Cottesloe beach and follow the coast road into Fremantle.

“When we arrive into Fremantle city limits after the bridge over the Swan that will be the end of the ride.

“Riders from this point onwards please do your own thing, we are doing it this way so we don’t disrupt the traffic too much in Fremantle.

“Or just do your own ride – we are happy to accept donations.”

A service will he held for Terry Driessen at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park on September 8.

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