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Monday, 14 July 2014
Page: 161


Mr JOHN COBB (Calare) (16:10): I would like to congratulate former Bathurst resident Mark Renshaw on his amazing achievements in cycling. Mark is currently competing in the Tour de France and has been achieving some fantastic results. He finished third on the third stage of the tour, seventh in the fourth and went on to brave the rain and cobblestones on the tour's fifth stage to come home in 15th place. He finished fourth in the sixth. On an individual points basis this has Mark sitting in fifth position overall, and his team is also fifth after covering over 1,600 kilometres—a remarkable achievement.

Mark has also been selected to compete in the Commonwealth Games cycling team in Glasgow next month. He has inspired a whole generation of young Bathurst cyclists and received a lot of support from residents and the local cycling club. Mark said on social media that he 'grew up in the best country town in Australia'. I would not disagree with that. It is the oldest inland town in Australia and the third-oldest city after Sydney and Hobart. Along with all of Bathurst I wish him the very best for the rest of the tour.