Colac cyclist celebrates 100th birthday

Colac’s Les Parker turns 100 tomorrow. Les is pictured with one of his cycling medals and sash he received in the 1930s.

Colac’s Les Parker turns 100 tomorrow. Les is pictured with one of his cycling medals and sash he received in the 1930s.

CHAMPION Colac cyclist Les Parker will turn 100 tomorrow, and credits his long life to an active lifestyle.

Mr Parker was born on March, 21, 1915, and his career included working in sawmills and supplying the Colac Dairy Company with 30,000 tonnes of firewood a year.

“Well I started off as a kid in an onion paddock, I have dug spuds, I have cut wood, I drove bulldozers and winches in the bush, done practically everything,” he said.

“I met a lot of good blokes, worked with a lot of good blokes.”

Mr Parker said he used to love cycling and would ride everywhere until he was about 75, and competed in races including a Colac to Melbourne cycling race.

He said he competed in the Road Premiership of Victoria in 1935 and 1936, winning medals along with other races including the Colac to Melbourne cycling race.

“That was the first year I was riding. I was picked in the team and we finished third in the Victorian country championships; third all over Victoria.”

Mr Parker had four children with his first wife Rita before her death and helped raise two children with his second wife Valerie.

Mr Parker said constantly working and keeping fit contributed to his long life.

“I kept myself fairly fit, I have never stopped work and that is one thing that is the trouble with today, the whole body has got to be working.”

Mr Parker said he was surprised he would reach the age of 100 and had no plans for the next stage of his life.

“Now I got this far I would like to get there, after that I couldn’t give a damn.”

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