Following the recent Grafton to Inverell event, we would like to honour the achievements of Sunshine Coast Cycling Club’s Mick Patton. He has participated and completed his favourite event, the Grafton to Inverell, 13 times since his first one in 1987, and is now the oldest cyclist to cross the races finish line ever.
Mick is originally from Tyne in North East England, where during his childhood his cycling career began. At age 13 he delivered groceries every afternoon during the week and Saturday mornings on his two wheels. Mick then went onto becoming the 1963 North East Division Sprint Champion at age 17 before making his move to Australia in 1969.
When Mick first moved to Australia, he had many years off the bike, but it was when he went to work on the mines in central Queensland he rediscovered his love for the sport.
Mick holds a myriad of Australian National Championship titles including: 2015 & 2017 Criterium Championships as well as 2015 & 2017 Road Race Championships. He also holds countless Queensland State titles including five Road Championships and 14 Criterium Championships gold medals.
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