The Full Story
Brunswick Cycling Club is one of the largest and most active cycling Clubs in Australia. The Alf Walker Club rooms is situated overlooking Brunswick Velodrome, Harrison Street East Brunswick.
Our history is long and proud. The Club's official inception was in 1916 as Brunswick Amateur Cycling Club. But our true beginnings are even earlier and date back to 1895 with the Northern Suburbs Amateur Cycling Club. The early days of Brunswick (Amateur) Cycling Club were at its home tracks at Brunswick Park and later Allard Park. In 1956 the Club moved down the hill to its current location in Harrison Street by Merri Creek. The velodrome’s original construction was asphalt and to Olympic standard. Completed in 1956 just prior to the Olympic games, it had fluorescent lights installed by Alf Walker, then an electrician. Later in 2016 the velodrome undertook a redevelopment to what it is now with new lighting, resurfaced concrete and the new Alf Walker Clubrooms.
Over the years, Brunswick Cycling Club has had many current and past members who have gone on to compete on the world stage, too many to mention. From Olympic champions to world tour cyclists. Come and study the names on the rear wall of the Club rooms or read the Centenary Book and its update written by Ben Schofield.
With a long history, it is important our Club continues to grow and promote cycling, encourage diversity and welcome all who want to participate and experience the enjoyment that comes with riding a bike.
Training sessions and events cater for all ages. Children can start at Junior Clinic which originated in 1948 by Henry Hill and now run by Club stalwart Dave Morgan and Paddy Butler. With experience, children progress to Tuesday night racing with Dave Morgan as commissaire and Thursday night Motorpace which is also lead by a Club stalwart, Cam McFarlane (Postie Cam). Training is focused on track riding, with our junior members riding turrack at Brunswick Velodrome from their early years. Membership to Brunswick opens all types of cycling and we encourage members to explore cycling through external Clubs and organisations.