Sarah Maddock 500 (award discontinued at end of 2010-11 riding season)
Who was Sarah Maddock?
Originally known as the E.A. Maddock Award it was the club's only award to use initials rather than the person's first name, as her first name was not recorded in Jim Fitzpatrick's book The Bicycle and the Bush. Since then, some more information has been found and the award name has been adjusted accordingly.
Born in 1860 near Eden, New South Wales, as Sarah Porter, she married Ernest Alfred Maddock in 1886 and had a son and two daughters by 1890. It was the custom of the time for a married woman to be known by her husband's initials, rather than by her own name, thus Mrs E.A. Maddock.
Mrs Maddock learnt to ride in 1893 and was the first woman to ride Sydney to Melbourne in 9 days (924km in 1894) and Sydney to Brisbane and return averaging 129km per day (2575km in 1895). She inspired many women to cycle in Victoria and New South Wales and helped found several women's cycling clubs.
After 1914, Sarah separated from her husband, concentrating on golf, embroidery, woodcarving and her family until her death in 1955 at Double Bay.
More details about Sarah Maddock can be found in the online Australian Dictionary of Biography and in Diane Langmore's entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, 1986, pages 373-374. A photo of Sarah and Earnest Maddock from The Sydney Mail, 21 September 1895, with the caption, "Mr and Mrs E. A. Maddock, who have journeyed to Melbourne and Brisbane on bicycles" can be seen online at the National Library of Australia's website (in the Sporting Numbers section).
Research by Dave Minter
Alan William Baker