Ms JO HAYLEN (Summer Hill)—Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club was established in 1908 and has a long history of fighting for women’s inclusion in cycling.
The Club encompasses riders from all walks of life, from the social rides with the Saturday Slowies to the Sunday road training rides.
The Club takes an active role in fostering women’s participation and around 20% of the membership are women, despite statistics that show women make up only 8% of all cyclists in Sydney.
Margaret McLachlan was a trailblazing member of the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club.
Margaret was a competitive racer beating many of her male counterparts in the 1960s, however, was banned from competitive racing in 1966.
Undeterred, Margaret fought on against this sexism and set her ambitions on doing what she did best - breaking records.
In 1967, Margaret set a new record riding from Sydney to Melbourne in 36 hours and 33 minutes, which remained unbroken for three decades.
Thank you to the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club for continuing Margaret’s legacy of fighting for greater female representation; and congratulations to the many women who volunteer and ride with the Club.