Cycling Australia and the cycling community were deeply saddened by the death of former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Brett Dennis, whose funeral was held today in the ACT.

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Known affectionately as ‘Chicken’, Brett was loved by his cycling mates and was also an inspiration to many after his incredible comeback from a horrific injury, which had doctors predicting that he would never walk again.

Despite the setback, he returned to the AIS to recuperate, and after only three months was back on the bike and part of the Australian team that that won gold in the Team Time Trial at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada, riding alongside Phil Anderson, Damian McDonald and Henk Vogels.

Brett was in the original intake of AIS Scholarship holders and, according to Ride Media’s Rob Arnold, he was can rightly be regarded as a key player who helped shape the sport’s destiny in Australia.

“No one ever had a bad word to say about ‘Chicken’, Arnold said in his excellent tribute, Remembering Brett Dennis.

He was a rider of repute who could race with the best in the world and later mix with leaders of the corporate world and government to explain the beauty of cycling.

Cycling Australia CEO Nicholas Green OAM said today that Brett would be remembered as a fine road cyclist who would be greatly missed by his cycling mates and the broader cycling community.

“Our thoughts are with Brett’s family and friends at this very difficult time. Australian cycling is poorer for Brett’s passing, but his legacy as one of our road cycling pioneers will be remembered.”

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