THE REDLANDS CYCLING & MULTISPORT CLUB STORY
50 + Years of History (est. 1970)
The Club’s beginning is credited to an enthusiastic core group of riders who resided in the Bayside area. They could see the benefit of forming an amateur Cycling Club in Wynnum so as a group in 1970, they approached and held a successful meeting with the local PCYC, and agreement was reached which led to the formation and Registration in 1970, of the Wynnum Police & Citizens Amateur Cycling Club, as part of the Wynnum PCYC structure, with the Headquarters at Lota. The first Cycling President was Norman Beverley.
In 1972 the Club promoted the first “Redlands Tour” with A B & C grade Classifications. Road racing was the focus in those early years. However, when this interest waned a program of “grass circuit” racing aimed at children from 7 – 16 years of age was introduced in parklands behind the Lota Police Club. This initiative proved so successful that the Club Members, with assistance from the Police Club, obtained the use of an old Rubbish Dump/Park area at Lota, where a 400-metre oval shaped dirt track was constructed. The weekly racing attracted up to 100 young cyclists and served the Club well up to1981, when Club racing moved to the newly constructed World Class Chandler Velodrome.
During the 1980’s & 1990’s the club flourished and performed well in both Track and Road racing disciplines and Wynnum Redlands became one of the premier Clubs, with members gaining Qld Team selection and winning Australian Titles. In 1982 Club member Robert Crossley was selected as a member of the Commonwealth Games Road Team. Kerry Carmichael represented Australia at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Peter Bartley represented Australia at the 1985 UCI Junior Pursuit Track Championships in Italy.
The Club has had several name changes over the Years:
Wynnum Police & Citizens Amateur Cycling Club. (1970)
Wynnum Amateur Cycling Club. (1979)
Wynnum Redlands Cycling Club Inc. (1982)
Redlands Cycling & Multi Sports Club Inc. (2020)
On the administration side of cycling, our Club Members have served with distinction as Executive Members and Racing Officials of the Qld Cycling Association Inc, the peak body of cycling in Queensland, now known as AusCycling Qld. To date five of our members attained Life Membership of Cycling Qld / AusCycling Qld. They are Lloyd Flack, Wendy Sanders, Dan Hovey, John Harris, and Billy Wright. In 1994 Brisbane played Host to the World Masters Games and WRCC Member Richard Douglas took charge of the Cycling Element.
As the Redlands area rapidly developed our Membership from that region grew, prompting a broadening of our focus to include Triathlon, BMX, and Mountain Biking into our scope. In 2020 the appropriate name, Redlands Cycling & Multisport Club, was adopted.
The future of the Club looks bright as Redlands City Council Committed to the design and construction of a “Safe Cycling Precinct” incorporating Criterium and BMX cycling tracks, as well as state of the art Club house facilities between Redland Bay and Mt Cotton.
Organisations would not Function without loyal Volunteers who work tirelessly for Cycling and their clubs, so as we reflect and thank those who came before us and set us on this pathway, we look forward to carrying on into the future. The Story continues!