Blackburn Cycling Club is very pleased to announce that the "Damian McDonald Memorial Road Race" will be ran again this year at Eildon, on Sunday 10th July.
Damian was a champion cyclist from Blackburn CC, who was tragically killed on March 23rd 2007, in a traffic accident in the Burnley Tunnel. In 1990, Damian won the Australian National Road Race title, and in 1992, he was the reserve rider for the Teams Pursuit at the Barcelona Olympics. The Australian Team went on to win a Silver medal, against Germany. It was also within this year that Damian was recognised as a Life Member, at Blackburn Cycling Club. Damian went on to win a Gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, in the Road Teams Time Trial, with team mates, Henk Vogels, Phil Anderson, and Brett Dennis. Damian also went on to win many Road and Track events, and also represented Australia at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Damian is remembered not only as a wonderful athlete, but as an amazing family man. This race will honour the memory of this cycling legend. RIP 1972-2007.
Road Race - 84kms
Start lists/results link will be uploaded shortly.
Damian McDonald Memorial Open Road Race:
The road race will start and finish near Eildon Pondage Power Station on Back Eildon Road. They will head east along Back Eildon road towards Eildon and turn left onto South Crescent before ascending Skyline Road up to the Lake Eildon Lookout. Then commence the descent and turn left onto U T Creek Road, again turning left onto Goulburn Valley Highway. They will return back onto Back Eildon Road at Thornton and finish near Eildon Pondage Power Station on Back Eildon Raod. For this 2 lap race a total ascent of ~828m will be achieved over a distance of ~84km. Representing the majority of the climbing (321m), commencing at 2.5 km into the race and extending to the 8.5 km mark gradients of 6 to 13% prevail. This climb will be undertaken twice given the two loop requirement.