Cecil Walker was born in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville around the turn of the 20th century. The son of a greengrocer, he got his start in cycling by delivering goods to local customers on his bike, and before too long had joined the local cycling club.
He had an inauspicious start to track racing, as he ended his first race in a heap on the ground, crashing on the very first corner. Cecil, in his wisdom, hadn’t realised that his tyres needed to be glued on.
He gained further experience in track and road racing over the coming years, rising to greater prominence in six day track racing in Sydney before boarding a ship to America - then the home of track racing - in 1920.
In 1924 Cecil won his first all-round American title and finished second in the Sprint championship, cementing his status as one of the world’s most exciting prospects in track racing.
By the time he concluded his American track racing career in 1938, Cecil returned to Melbourne with 9 all-around American cycling titles, a couple of sprint championships, and a wife - a figure skater that he had met in Madison Square Garden.
Upon his return to Australia, he settled in Melbourne, opening a bike shop on Elizabeth St and hiring a 14 year old mechanic, Maurice Cramer. The two ran the store together until Cecil’s death in 1968, when Maurice took over the daily operations of the shop.
Although the store has moved a couple of times along the same block since then, it’s been a staple of life on Elizabeth St ever since. Today the shop is run by Maurice’s son Anthony Cramer at 395-397 Elizabeth St, alongside a team of professionals with a wealth of experience in the world of cycling. We invite you to come and experience the quality of a Cecil Walker Cycles experience for yourself.