Coloured jerseys line the road at the University of Queensland Gatton Campus. One by one pedals click as feet are clipped in and Martin’s friends, colleagues, families and acquaintances set off to ride a lap in honour of a man taken too soon. It’s a testament to this gentleman’s life that so many people have come to honour him.
I only had the privilege of riding with Martin half a dozen times. He always seemed to be smiling when he rode. His experience and attitude as a long-distance cyclist inspired me. In 2013 I rode the Fleche Opperman all-day challenge in a team with Martin. He led the way quietly along the route and we all had a friendly chuckle when he missed the turn that his wife told us not to miss. I had never ridden more than 200km in a ride but we rode 366km that 24 hours and I never once doubted we would make it because Martin was so in control all the time. While I rode my Cycling for Hope challenge last year, Martin was riding the London-Edinburgh-London. His epic 1400km ride in less than 114 hours gave me strength as I rode my 100km every day (taking 14 days to complete what Martin rode in less than 5 days). Personally, I will always remember his quiet patience and kindness.