While out snapping the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic on Saturday, I had the chance to pay my respects at the memorial to Mauri Kautto, husband and father, renowned cyclist and builder. The memorial is located on a very busy roundabout where South Grafton's main street and the Gywdir Highway intersect so it was an ideal moment to have a close up visit with the road closed for the big race.
Mauri died in March 1998 from injuries received in a horrific cycling accident and was mourned by a large section of the community. I knew him through the construction trade; my father knew him much better. He was an old school builder/businessman whose word was his bond. He specialised in concreting which is very hard work but he was a hard working and very fit man.
He is also remembered by the Grafton Cycling Club by annually holding the Mauri Kautto Teams Time Trial, time trialling was his cycling speciality, for a large amount of cash.
It is a great location for the memorial as every year the Grafton to Inverell passes by and opposite is McKittrick Park, which up until very recently had a bitumen cycling track that Mauri would've competed on.
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