Don Kirkham was a firm friend of Sir Hubert Opperman and had ridden in the 1914 Tour de France. Not long after riding Milan - San Remo, he was riding his cycle home after a race and was knocked off his bicycle by a drunken motorist and badly injured. The occupants of the car took an inordinately long time to find a Doctor. The delay caused pneumonia, which resulted in tuberculosis and ended his cycling, and indeed his life in 1929.
Charles A. Piercey - 1914 was a life changing year for Charles, he was part of a team of Australian Cyclists to head off to Europe for the racing, with a view to riding in the Tour de France. The team rode in a few pre-Tour events, including MSR, however only Snowy Munro and Don Kirkham gained entry into the Tour de France.
Ivor "Snowy" Munro - Munro finished 20th in the overall standings, about nine hours behind the winner Philippe Thys (200hrs 28mins 48secs for 26.835kmh average) , Kirkham 17th. Also an interesting article about the day Snowy beat the train to Melbourne here...
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