West Coast Masters Cycling Council

Ken Ward

Ken was a keen cyclist who started racing in Britain in the days when road racing was frowned upon, and was one of the first riders to join the British League of Cyclists (BLRC) that was organised by the legendary Percy Stallard. This was the time when the National Cyclists Union, the recognised organisation for racing cyclists was concerned that road racing would drive the authorities to ban racing, which at that time consisted of time trials, which even in the 1950s saw these events ridden by riders dressed in black, with the only colour being restricted to white socks! The BLRC was to break the hold of the NCU, which by the late 1950s were forced to recognise that road racing was a legitimate form of racing and that to ignore this was to jeopardise their membership. The battle by the NCU opposition was at times quite vicious but Ken was one of those stalwarts who was at the fore in putting Britain on the road racing path.

I believe Ken came to Western Australia in the 1960s, and I first met him in Adelaide in 1970 when he was acting as manager of the West Australian team in the Australian Amateur Cycling Union's national championships, the predecessor of Cycling Australia . Ken was also a stalwart supporter with Jack Norris and others in forming and supporting a veteran cycling club in W.A. In the early 1960s, the first veteran club in Australia (despite what some Victorians will tell you). That club organised both time trials and road races, and later branched into mainly road racing after passing its assets on to ATTA that from that time on became the sole time trailing club in WA. Later, the veteran club combined with the West Coast Veteran Bicycle Club to form our current West Coast Masters Cycling Council. During those developments Ken took on many official duties including that of President of some of the organisations.

Ken continued cycling with the 'Mundijong' group until about two years ago, when he went into a nursing home, though he still continued to follow cycling to the end. Ken was also a keen collector of historic cycling information, whether to do with racing or with the technical developments that have occurred over time, and he had a few publications to his name that he produced using those records.

Ken was preceded by his wife Joyce by a few years, and leaves two daughters Chris and Marilyn and their families, to whom we extend our condolences.

The service for Ken will take place at Fremantle Crematorium on Friday 15 May at 12.00pm.

Mel Davies

11 May 2015