On October 30th 1938, Gympie rider Mervyn Lister broke the Gympie-Brisbane record with a time of 9:05:45. 2 days short of 80 years later, Kin Kin rider Lachlan Davis took more than 1hr 43m off the record, with a time of 7:22:27 for the 187km journey.
It was the first attempt on the record since another Kin Kin rider, Gilbert McAndrew, was forced to abandon at Landsborough with cramps in 1939.
Davis started from the old Gympie Post Office building at 1:10am and enjoyed still air and mild temperatures throughout. He established a new record of 3:47:00 from Gympie-Landsborough, and said he would have taken around 15 minutes off the 1939 Landsborough-Brisbane record if not for a wrong turn in Bald Hills that cost 34 minutes. He now holds 14 records and will attempt to add Brisbane-Esk to that tally on November 10th.
On Sunday September 30th, Kin Kin rider Lachlan Davis rode from Rockhampton to Yeppoon and back, attempting to better Hugh Doran's record of 2hr30m6s set on March 20th 1938.
At Yeppoon Lachlan was well behind schedule, struggling with the numerous small climbs and an unfavourable crosswind. Pushing hard on the return clawed back time, and a final effort along Moores Creek Road saw him reach the Old Rockhampton Post Office in 2hr29m7s, just 59 seconds ahead of the record!
As with his Gladstone-Rockhampton record set at the start of September, Lachlan expects the strong local riders to soon eclipse his time, and says he is looking forward to seeing their efforts.