Cycling legend Thew immortalised with memorial trophy
GRAFTON Cycle Club unveiled the Barry Thew Memorial Trophy on Saturday.
The perpetual trophy is named after the late Maclean resident, who was one of the best amateur riders when in his prime.
Barry's wife, Rhonda Thew, said his excellence wasn't limited to sprint events.
"He was a champion track racer in sprint and endurance events, but he was just as comfortable in the endurance road events," Thew said.
"In 1995 he won just about everything he entered including the Individual Time Trial Championship."
Thew lived most of his life in Sydney and excelled in just about every aspect of cycling.
As a member of the Canterbury and St George Amateur cycling clubs, Thew took on almost every available event.
After moving to Maclean in 2002, Thew took an active interest in the local cycling scene.
Grafton Cycle Club's Stuart McPherson said it was great to be associated with Thew and the trophy, but gave most of the credit to Rhonda.
"Rhonda approached us and said she wanted to perpetuate Barry's memory," McPherson said.
"An award or trophy through the local club seemed the right idea and we got on board with it."
Inverell's Ryan Thomas became the first name to be etched on the trophy after winning the A-grade race.
While it was always great to host the trophy in its local area, McPherson said Thew's name would now be known far and wide.
"The best part of it is that the winner will take Barry's name, record and history to places that might not have known about him," McPherson said.
"More people will know about Barry's achievements in cycling and that can only be a good thing."