The Tom Lowry Memorial is in its 75th year and is one of Western Australia’s most prestigious road races.
2017 will once again include a Saturday afternoon criterium on one of the safest and fastest courses in WA. Sunday will see the traditional road race. Both events will start and finish at the Collie Motorplex
Saturday 6th May 2017 Tom Lowry Criterium: 12.00pm start. Registration from 10.00am
Sunday 7th May 2017 Tom Lowry Memorial Cycling Classic: 11.30am start. Registration from 9.30am.
Legacy of Tom Lowry
Collie, the cycling capital of Western Australia, hosts the CFMEU Lowry Memorial Road Cycling Classic in May each year. The Tom Lowry Memorial along with with the now famous Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling Classic has survived the test of time. Inaugurated in 1942 the Tom Lowry Memorial is the first of two major events on the West Australian road cycling calendar conducted by Collie Cycle Club, with the Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling Classic being held on the 3rd Saturday in August each year.
It is unprecedented in Australian cycling that a cycling event would be supported by a single sponsor for its entirety. The Tom Lowry Memorial is one event that can lay claim to this, having been proudly supported by one sponsor since its inception in 1942. The Collie Miners Union (CMU), which was later known as the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) being the sole sponsors. The race was instigated in 1942 by the mine-workers of Collie in recognition of the service given by a past General Secretary Mr Thomas McCarthy Lowry (1897-1941).
Who was Tom Lowry?
The Tom Lowry Memorial was first held in 1942 to commemorate the contribution made to the Collie Coalfield by Thomas McCarthy Lowry. He is remembered not only as a civic leader within the Collie community but also for his support of sporting activity in the town. He was involved with industrial organisation and the labour movement in general. He was an eloquent speaker and a prominent personality in industrial matters aimed at improving the working conditions of Collie miners.
Born in Kirkstall, Victoria in 1877 Tom Lowry took part in the Hampton Plains gold rush in 1906 working mining leases in the Goldfields around Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie, and Menzies.
In 1915 after an unsuccessful farming venture in the West Australia wheat belt Tom Lowry arrived in Collie. He found employment with Western Collieries, beginning a long and honourable association with the Collie Miners Union until his death in 1941,
Event Entries close : Tuesday 2nd May 2017 midnight
*Grades may be changed by the event organisers after close of registrations to suit the number of nominations. Junior rollout and distance restrictions apply.
Criterium Tom Lowry Memorial Road Race
A GRADE MEN 40min + 2 laps A GRADE MEN 118KM
B GRADE MEN 35min + 2 laps B GRADE MEN 84KM
C GRADE MEN 30min + 2 laps C GRADE MEN 60KM
D GRADE MEN 25min + 2 laps D GRADE MEN 60KM
A GRADE WOMEN 35min + 2 Laps A GRADE WOMEN 84KM
B GRADE WOMEN 30min + 2 laps B GRADE WOMEN 60KM
C GRADE WOMEN 25min + 2 laps C GRADE WOMEN 60KM
Under 17 Riders can ride maximum B grade in Criterium and C grade in Road Race, due to Cycling Australia Technical Rgeulations.
Under 15 Riders can ride maximum C grade in Criterium only.
For visitor or accommodation information contact the Collie Visitor Centre
If you require accommodation the Collie Cycle Club advises that you book sooner rather than later several maintenance shut downs have been announced which will start at the beginning of May 2017.
Collie WA 6225
Contact Anna Farrell – 0427 344 953
Camping available – tent, camper van, caravan or bunkhouse (8 beds).
Two shower blocks- 1 Female, 1 Male – 3 BBQ’s & a camper’s kitchen with 2 fridges and a microwave.
Camping Fee – $10 per person. Bunkhouse – $15 per person.
Collie Ridge Motel
185 – 195 Throssell Street
Collie WA 6225
08 9734 666
Present your riders licence for a 10% discount.
44 Wittenoom Street
Collie WA 6225
08 9734 5655
Present your riders licence and stay 2 nights or more to receive $20 discount per night.
127/133 Throssell Street
Collie WA 6225
08 9734 1166
Present your riders licence for a 10% discount.
Tom Lowry Memorial Results
|YEAR||First Place||Second Place||Third Place||Fastest Time||F/Time Record *|
|1942||Griffith, "Ming" Tom||Flynn, Len||Lewis, "Ted" Edward||Griffith, "Ming" Tom||2 hrs 16 mins 35sec|
|1943||Flynn, Len||Cummins, Jack||Milligan, Bill||Bonser, Toti" W.A.|
|1944||Graham, Davey||Fewings, J.R.Fredrick(H.K)||Saunders, Gordon||Bonser, Toti" W.A.|
|1945||Saunders, Gordon||Fahey, Des||Jim Pitts||Saunders,"Bubbles"George|
|1946||Lyons, Pat||Pearson, "Dick"Richard||Dhue, R.G||Fewings, J.R.Fred(H.K)||1 hr 29min 08 sec|
|1947||Wheatly, H.J||Kearns, B.Alby||Pearson, "Dick"Richard||Ferris, "Pud" George||1 hr 25 min 55 sec|
|1948||Purnell, Wally||Pitts, Jim||Gerrard, George||Burdus, Norm||1 hr 23 min 00 sec|
|1949||Hellmrich, J||Atkinson, Tom||Patton, Bill||Burdus, Norm||1 hr 27min 45 sec|
|1950||Townsen, Tom E||Merryful, Brian||Staude, W||Barron, Roy||1 hr 26 min 58 sec|
|1951||Carlson, Tom||Wilson. W||Lewis, "Ted" Edward||Carlson, Tom||1 hr 29 min 16 sec|
|1952||Power, Max||Fahey, Des||Hunt, Barry||Burdus, Norm||1 hr 24 min 56 sec|
|1953||Malcolm, Clive||Cleary, Ron||Cooper, Bill||Panton, Peter||1 hr 29min 46 sec|
|1954||Vogel, John||Clare, B||Oliver, Jim||Oliver, Jim|
|1955||Liang, L||Crispin, T||Oliver, Jim||Oliver, Jim||1 hr 21 min 20 sec|
|1956||Fennell, Stan||Fahey, "Battler" Des||De Wolde, Jan||Oliver, John||1 hr 29 min 14 sec|
|1957||Maher, Gilbert||Hall, C||Wiltshire, Eric||Waddell, Barry||1 hr 22 min 39 sec|
|1958||Perron, P||Malcolm, Clive||Suckling, Owen||Waddell, Barry||1 hr 24 min 00 sec|
|1959||Sanford,"Gummy" Les||Alcorn, Kim||Hart, Peter||Host, "Bing" Ron||1 hr 23 min 00 sec|
|1960||Edwards, J||Carsioni, F||Weggaller, Marselle||Host, "Bing" Ron||1 hr 20 min 20sec|
|1961||Mcgrath, John||Knowles, Doug||Hunt, Eddie||Baker, Stan||1 hr 21 min 50 sec|
|1962 this race on shortened Allanson circuit.|
|1962||Bonser, Rodney||Bonser, Graham||Burton, Ron||Bonser, Stewart||1 hr 14 min 28 sec|
|1963||Burton, Ron||Bywater,Graham||Lehman, K||Bentley, "Boy" Dan||1 hr 21 min15 sec|
|1964||Burton, Ron||Pope, Rick||Bywater,Graham||Barron, Bevan|
|1965||Cleary, Ron||Kidd, Phil||Crocker, John||Burton, Ron||1 hr 24 min 26 sec|
|1966||Perks, Steven||Crocker, John||Barron, Bevan||Barron, Bevan|
|1967||Knight, P||Sweeny, R||Ferguson, Gilly||Tonolini, Laurie||1 hr 23 min 10 sec|
|1968||Russell, Michael||Perks, Steven||Ferguson, Robert||Tonolini, Laurie||1 hr 17 min 33 sec|
|1969||Perejuan, Allan||Norris, Ken||Willing, Doug||Veale, Neville||1 hr 18 min 54 sec|
|1970||Van Der Putten, A||Suckling, Owen||Johnson, P||Barron, Bevan||1 hr 19 min 20 sec|
|1971||Ohara, Brent||Suckling, "Whip "Les||Van Der Putten, A||McVilley, Graham||1 hr 16 min 32 sec|
|1972||Warren, "Rabbit" Rudd||Norris, Laurie||Strudwick, Evan||McVilley, Graham||1 hr 15 min 25 sec|
|1973||Suckling, Owen||Dehaar, H||Wallis, Peter||Vogels, Henk "Snr"||1 hr 15 min 47 sec|
|Transfield Loop Distances and races conditions changed from here forward.|
|1974||Dye, Mike||Warren, "Rabbit" Rudd||Seabourne, Weed"Trevor||Dye, Mike||1 hr 39min 52 sec|
|1975||Dye, Mike||Provis Neil||Suckling, Gary||Dye, Mike||1 hr 37min 36 sec|
|1976||Tindall, Ron||Taylor, Peter||Plunkett, H||McVilley, Graham||1 hr 33min 24 sec|
|1977||Hawkins, Jeff||Neale, Greg||Suckling, Peter||Dwyer, Geoff||1 hr 37min 18 sec|
|1978 was the first Australian Pro- Am cycling event|
|1978||Laskey, Leaon "Pro"||Ferguson, Robert "Pro"||Miller, Russell "Am"||Laskey, Leaon "Pro"|
|1979||O'Sullivan, John||Fairchild, Bob||Allen, Ron||Keyser, Mark||2 hr 32 min 50 sec|
|1980||Suckling, Roly||Buswell, Damian||Burton, Ron||Suckling, Roly|
|1981||Bishop, Steele||Suckling, Garry||Keyser, Mark||Bishop, Steele||2 hr 28 min 08 sec|
|1982||Davis, Kieth||Atkinson, Mike||Warren, "Rabbit" Rudd||Davis, Kieth||2 hr 31 min 25 sec|
|1983||Davis, Kieth||Bishop, Steele||Osmond, Geoff||Davis, Kieth|
|1984||Layton. Len||Richards, Luke||Lucas, G||Davis, Kieth||2 hr 28 min 39 sec|
|1985||Plewright, Peter||Eversden, Chris||Layton. Len||Hawkins, Jeff||2 hr 28 min 07 sec|
|1986||Rugari, Paul Vic||Tilley, Brian Vic||Wylie, Neil NZ|
|1987||Kelson, Rod||Wilson, Peter||Moran, Fenton||Wilson, Peter||1 hr 45 min 12 sec|
|1988||Krynen, Jim||Barrett, K||Waller, Robert||Krynen, Jim||1 hr 45 min 16 sec|
|Event was changed to a Graded Scratch Race Fastest Time to Winner|
|1989||Buswell, Damian||Gorden, Bill||Moran, Fenton||Buswell, Damian||2 hr 31 min 46 sec|
|1990||Van Morsel, Wayne||Rose, D||Foyle,J||Van Morsel, Wayne||2 hr 34 min 33 sec|
|1991||Van Morsel, Wayne||Hayes, "Bill" W||Lee, J||Van Morsel, Wayne|
|1992||Penman, Stuart||Johansen, Danny||Thomas,C||Penman, Stuart|
|1993||Van Vliet, John||McMurdo, Hilton||Johanson, Danny||Van Vliet, John|
|1994||Johansen, Danny||Trinne, Daniel||Rose, Colin||Johansen, Danny|
|1995||Akinson, Paul||Hogg, Daniel||Dobson, Peter||Akinson, Paul|
|1996||Brown, Chris||Fogiani, Chris||Rigg, Jason||Brown, Chris|
|1997||Hogg, Daniel||Brown, Chris||Poyner, Mattew||Hogg, Daniel|
|1998||Wright, Gary||Goodridge, Ben||Harris, Glen||Wright, Gary|
|1999||Brown, Chris||Hollands, Eddie||Hardcourt, Steven||Brown, Chris||2 hr 17 min 00 sec|
|2000||Poyner, Mattew||Lawence, Ben||Harris, Glen||Poyner, Mattew||2 hr 38 min 37 sec|
|2001||Steele, Ric||Petersen, Mark||Jones Nathan||Steele, Ric|
|2002||Hollands, Eddie||Chris Brown||Jason Rigg||Eddie Hollands||2 hr 46min 20 sec|
|2003 No event conducted|
|2004||Evans, Keith||Bolden, Lee||O'Conner, Adam||Evans, Keith||2 hr 40 min 35 sec|
|2005||Hollands, Eddie||Brown, Chris||Jason Rigg||Hollands, Eddie||2 hr 34 min 38 sec|
|2006||Meyer, Cameron||Meyer, Travis||Jason Rigg||Meyer, Cameron||2 hr 34 min 18 sec|
|2007||Dawson, Peter||Lawrence, Tyson||Hollands, Eddie||Dawson, Peter||2 hr 42 min 09 sec|
|2008||Morley, Henry||Wells, Elliott||Van Der Tog, Jordan||Morley, Henry||2 hr 40 min 07 sec|
|2009||Wells, Elliott||Verheyen, Michael||Lafleur, Dimitri||Wells, Elliott||2 hr 38 min 57 sec|
|2010||Evans, Karl||Calder, Logan||Smith, Sam||Evans, Karl||2 hr 35 min 19 sec|
|2011||Linfield, Bradley||Glasby, Chris||Verheyen, Michael||Linfield, Bradley||2 hr 39 min 32 sec|
|2012||Huttons, Peter||Linfield, Bradley||King, Benjamin||Huttons, Peter||2 hr 29 min 51 sec|
|2013||Smith, Sam||Stretch, James||Mawby, Jackson||Smith, Sam||2hr 38 min 28 sec|
|2014||Mawby, Jackson||Davis, Samuel||Beeck, Chris||Mawby, Jackson||2 hr 31 min 06 sec|
|2015||Pierre-Humbert, Dylan||Welsford, Sam||Mawby, Jackson||Pierre-Humbert, Dylan||2hr 52 min 24 sec|
|2016||Freiberg, Michael||Smith, Sam||Warman, Jacob||Freiberg, Michael||3 hr 00 min 31 sec|