May 31, 2021

King and Queen of Castle – In Memory of Chris Williams

“JUST ONE CASTLE”……that could change someone’s life.

Dear Friends

Each year we come together to remember and celebrate our great friend Christopher Williams through our mutual love of cycling and friendship.

Chris was an incredible and dedicated athlete who spent countless hours on his bike training, with many of those on Castle Hill. Chris was determined that he would one day set the fastest ever time up Castle Hill, and that the record which had stood for over a decade would one day be his. Many tried and came close but none could get there in race conditions, that was until Chris. In 2014 he produced a super human effort and achieved his goal to be crowned the fastest ever.

Unfortunately this was not the only battle Chris was fighting to overcome. On the outside Chris was a champion among others, but on the inside he was enduring immense mental pain. Sadly in 2019 the world lost one of the most loved, kind, gentle, loyal and driven humans you could ever meet. We want to remember our friend and recognise the internal battles so many people are enduring every day in silence.

In memory of Chris, the Townsville Cycle Club has dedicated our yearly Castle Hill ITT to our dear friend, crowning the fastest man and woman on the day as the King and Queen of Castle. 

To also allow our non-racing friends and those who wish to honour Chris, the Castle Hill ITT now involves a ‘Come and Try’ division. Please be assured you DON’T have to be a cyclist, an elite athlete or a member of any club to participate. All you have to do is register through the link below to walk, run, ride or cheer your friends up Castle Hill.

This year, the event also coincides with our Tour of the North! 

We want to continue to grow this event by welcoming and inviting ANYONE and EVERYONE to come and be involved, record breakers or not.

This year Chris’ family (Mum Wyman, Dad David, Sister Hayley and Niece Charlie) will be flying up from Sydney, to be with us as special guests.

We have also been fortunate enough to partner with Beyond Blue, Shine Lawyers, the Vietnam Veteran’s Association and The Townsville Cycle Club, who will all be at the top of the hill to welcome you with encouragement, a sausage sizzle and refreshments. Whether you knew Chris or if you just want to be involved for a good cause please TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW to come and join in.

If you wish to enter you can register here.

If you wish to make a kind donation to Beyond Blue, you can do so here.