Frank “Mick” Watson was born in 1913, Adelaide (SA)
A baker by trade in Enfield (SA), he began cycling as a means of keeping fit and also a way to make some money and by 1931 started racing competitively to become a prominent South Australian (SA) cyclist having much consistency in his career.
Watson was a member of the W.P.C.C (Woodville Professional Cycling Club).
By 1932 Watson took 1st place at “The South Coast Bicycle Club” 4-mile road race held at Port Road (SA) and by the mid 1930’s Watson was entering his prime years entering many racing events and challenges.
In January 1935 the annual meeting of the Kapunda Cycle and Athletic Club was held and Watson took honours with 1st place in his division among a field of 90 cyclists and also the 3-mile scratch race, in the same year Watson was awarded “Most Consistent Road Rider” season 1935 by the Woodville Pro Cycling Club, (see image below).
Further success followed in 1936 at the Athelstone Road Race, with a list of 26 starters the race was 25-miles taking the course from the Thorndon Park Hotel, over to Maryvale Road, Montacute, and Newton onto Gorge road, circled five times.
Watson was too strong and proclaimed winner of the event who also took the fastest time in the event.
November 1936 Watson took a tumble in the Adelaide to Noarlunga road race while trying to avoid an obstruction swerved and causing other riders also to fall, receiving minor injuries and abrasions he was unable to complete the race.
Watson was ranking quickly as one of the most consistent cyclists and in 1937 Watson became junior champion of South Australia as an amateur.
In 1938 Watson married and felt that he did not have the time to train for serious racing so he decided to temporarily retire, however it wasn’t long that he entered his first race, the Anzac RSA wheel race marked his first important return win to competition and in October also won the Port Pirie 165-mile race.
Watson did much of his training in winter, engaging in short distance road training which proved helpful in his preparation for the upcoming competition season.
During the 1940’s Watson was very much still competitive, some notable wins included the Norwood Cycling Club twenty-second annual from Adelaide to Port Noarlunga road race, with 43 starters Watson finished first with a time of 51mins 35secs, in 1941 Watson rode from the one-minute handicap mark taking the win in the City of Perth Cycling Club’s 25 miles race at Maylands (WA), with a nail-biting finish of five riders sprinting to the finishing line Watson won by one and a half lengths.
November 1943 Watson won two events at Payneham Oval (SA), where the Norwood Professional Cycling Club held its 60th anniversary combined track carnival in presence of a large attendance.
Frank Watson rode for Super Elliott and later in his life having roles working company.