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.