Cycling glory - Graham's Story

In 2006, when the world’s elite athletes came to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games, the cycle road race went up and down Punt Road on quite a vicious little course. It’s a real struggle up that hill and they went up Anderson Street as well, so it was quite a tough little course. And it was won by two Australians, Matthew Hayman won the men’s and Natalie Bates won the women’s.

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James' Story

I once made the decision to ride my push bike along Punt Road from Bridge Road, Richmond, all the way up to High Street, Northcote. As a cyclist, I'm still not sure why I chose this horrendously dangerous route. Perhaps I was feeling suicidal that day, perhaps I just wasn't thinking. Needless to say, it was one of the most horrifying cycling experiences of my life, with trucks, cars and buses roaring past me at 70km/h on my humble little bicycle. Somehow, I survived, but these days I seldom venture near that monumental beast of a road, such is the emotional scarring I still bear from that traumatic day.