Club History

 

CLUB NAME

The Club now known as Parramatta Cycling Club started off in 1962 as Parramatta Police Citizens Boys Club Cycling. 

In 1963 George Bates and George Bonham took over the cycling section from the Police Citizens Cycling to form the Parramatta City Amateur Cycling Club.

In the late 1960’s funds were raised to renovate and install lighting around the cycling track at Merrylands Oval.   Due to the support from Holroyd Council, the Club changed its name to Parramatta Holroyd Amateur Cycling Club (PHACC).

In the late 1990’s, PHACC became what it is known as today – Parramatta Cycling Club.  This change was made primarily because of the sponsorship from the Parramatta Leagues Club.

VENUES

VENUES:  Road

The first road races were held in the Baulkham Hills area with the races starting and finishing at Junction Road, Baulkham Hills.  Due to the development of WinstonHills and the increased traffic in the Junction Rd area, the racing moved to Greens Rd., Kellyville in the mid 1970’s.

The early 1980’s saw Kellyville develop and the road course became a housing estate, so the races were moved  north west to a course at Porters Rd., Kenthurst and then to Maraylya.

Early 1990’s the houses were starting to go up around Maraylya, and the increasing traffic on the road course meant another move further north west where road races were on courses at Canoelands and Blacktown Showground.  In the late 1990’s racing moved to the current course at Oakville.

VENUES:  Criterium Racing

There have been various courses used for Criterium races including Parramatta Park, Blacktown Showground, Eastern Creek Industrial Estate and then at Seven Hills in the developing (but uninhabited) industrial estates off Powers Road.

PCC no longer have Criterium racing in their own right, we support the criteriums  at Eastern Creek Raceway and the Dragstrip during the Summer months.

VENUES:  Track Racing

The Clubs first venue for Track racing was at WyliePark in about 1964, racing with the Canterbury Club.

In the late 1960’s, coinciding with the redevelopment of Merrylands Oval and the change of name to PHACC,  track racing moved to Merrylands Oval.  We are still training and occasionally racing at Merrylands Oval which is still in good condition and the use is supported by the local community and the Merrylands Regional Parks Committee.

From 2002 to 2012 Dunc Gray was also used as a racing venue, traditionally on a Wednesday night, but with declining track racing participation and the need to focus on our Juniors at Merrylands, it was decided not to partner with Bankstown for 2013.

VENUES:  Parramatta Opens

Parramatta Opens have always been highly regarded on the racing calendar and the venues have included:

1970’s:  ParramattaPark – Murray Bros. Open and the Macquarie 100 (ParramattaPark, Wisemans Ferry, Windsor and return to finish in ParramattaPark)

 Mid 1980’s:  Sydney Road Championships in ParramattaPark

1987 until now:  Kurrajong Classic, start and finish East Kurrajong Rd., East  Kurrajong.

VENUES:  Hill Climbs

Originally the Hill Climb, an annual event in the PCC Road calendar, was Bowen Mt, North Richmond, then to Yarramundi/ Hawkesbury Panorama and in more recent times (to take full advantage of Pie-in-the-Sky facilities) the Brooklyn Hill Climb at Cowan.

VENUES:  Time Trials

Pitt Town Rd., Kenthurst has been the main venue for Time Trials in recent years with and out and back distance of 20km.

VENUES:  Other Events

We have recently introduced Gran Fondo rides which are very popular with our members and venues have included finishing at West Head, Bella Vista, Olympic Park (Homebush), Fagan Park Galston.

Our members also sport their Club colours around the World with members spotted in Club Kit in Russia, riding the hills of the Tour de France, Giro, in Spain and closer to home, ‘Around the Bay in a Day’ in Melbourne.

Our longest enduring Club participation event is the annual Easter Good Friday ride form Northmead to Windsor, Richmond and return.

MEMBERS

Representatives

Current PCC members have represented Australia on both Track and Road at every level – Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, World Championships.

These include:  Brad McGee, Kate Bates, Natalie Bates, Peter Brooks, Keith Oliver, Matt Pettit, Geoff Stocker, Simone Kennedy. 

Brad McGee

Olympic and Commonwealth Games Champion, Track World Champion, Tour de France yellow jersey,  , Giro pink jersey, Vuelta gold jersey

Kate Bates

Dual Olympian, Commonwealth Games and World Track Points Race Champion and multiple medals at Track World Championships.

Natalie Bates

Junior Road Worlds Championship medallist, Commonwealth Games Road Champion.

Peter Brooks

Para Olympics gold medallist

Keith Oliver

Multiple World Champion – Masters

Matt Pettit

Junior World medallist

Geoff Stoker

Multiple Track Masters World Champion

Simone Kennedy

World and Paralympics Track Champion and medallist

 

Trade teams

Brad McGee, Kate Bates, Natalie Bates and Trent Wilson have been in professional Trade Teams racing in Europe over the years.

Over the years the Club has produced numerous State and National Champions.

History of the Club Jeresy

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