THE Williams family are thrilled their son and brother, Robbie, will be honoured with a special cycling race in the Shoalhaven.
Father Bruce Williams said the family thought it was “just marvellous” that a race was being established locally in Robbie’s memory.
“It is a tribute to Robbie as much as anything,” Dr Williams said.
“If it helps people to remember him it’s a great thing as far as we are concerned.
“The idea that it might become a regular event, bringing people to the Shoalhaven, increasing the profile of cycling in the area and raising funds that will be used to promote cycling safety awareness can be nothing but a good thing.
“It is a tremendous honour for him, for us and his fiancée Claerewyn.”
Dr Williams said the last week had been a tough time for the family as they marked the anniversary of the talented cyclist’s death.
“We had a lovely day in Canberra. Members of the cycling group he was part of have put a memorial on Gungahlin Drive opposite the entrance to Bruce Stadium, where the incident occurred,” he said.
“A bike has been put in place, signed by all the guys and flowers placed around it – it was very special and something very, very nice.”
Starring as a junior triathlete, Robbie Williams won the Shoalhaven Sportstar of the Year award in 2000-2001 but made his name riding for the Drapac Cycling squad, in which he flourished as an all-rounder and took a win in Australia’s second longest race, the iconic Goulburn to Sydney.
Williams rode with the DFL-Cyclingnews.com-Litespeed team in Belgium before joining the Melbourne-based Drapac Porsche squad in 2007.
A stalwart of the domestic cycling scene in the mid-2000s and a multiple champion of the Nowra Velo Club, Williams won the prestigious Goulburn to Sydney road race in 2007 for the Drapac team in a stunning finishing burst.