Cycling Australia Hall of Fame Class of 2018

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9 Nov 2018 Cycling Australia

The Class of 2018 will be officially inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame at the 2018 Cycling Australia Awards in Melbourne on Friday 23 November.
The Hall of Fame was established in 2015 to recognise the outstanding achievements of the true greats of Australian cycling. They are the “best of the best” who have made an enduring or significant contribution to cycling. 
The 2018 inductees are dual Olympic and seven-time World Championship medallist Michelle Ferris (Track), five-time world champion and six-day legend Danny Clark (Track), mountain bike trails pioneer Glen Jacobs (MTB), in addition to Olympic gold medallist and Tour Down Under creator Mike Turtur (Track & Administration).
Australia’s first female Olympic medallist in track sprint, Michelle Ferris will become the fourth female track cyclist to be inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame.

I feel very honoured to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining so many of my cycling peers, I am extremely grateful,” said Ferris.

Hailing from the Victorian town of Warrnambool, Ferris discovered her love of cycling in high school after being given the opportunity to take part in a charity ride for the local hospital.

Ferris’ breakthrough came in 1992 at the inaugural junior national women’s championships where she clocked times faster than two women aiming for Barcelona Olympic Games selection.

Two years later at just 18 years of age, she won sprint silver for Australia at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada.

“At the time, I didn’t feel like it was a shock to stand on the podium at my first Commonwealth Games” explained Ferris. “I was in great shape. I raced well. I had the best coach in Gary West, his guidance, belief and my attitude put me on the podium.”

Ferris’ first taste of Olympic success came at the 1996 Atlanta Games where she posted the fastest qualifying time before being denied gold by legendary Félicia Ballanger in the sprint final. On home soil four years later in Sydney, Ferris claimed time trial silver and finished fourth in the sprint.

During her World Championships career, Michelle claimed seven career medals, including three consecutive sprint silver medals (1997-98-99) where she was edged by Ballanger each time, and four medals in the time trial.

“I need to stop and feel proud of what I achieved, and I hope that my persistence helped others to dream and achieve,” said Ferris. “It is great to be remembered for my results and achievements of course, but I do hope that my legacy is that no matter what I was told, I never gave up.

“I hope that I inspired a generation of sprinters to fight, to speak up, not be silent and to dream big and become Olympians and world champions.”

Danny Clark (Track)

With a racing career that spanned nearly five decades, Tasmania's Danny Clark’s achievements are now recognised with a place in the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame.

“To be inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame is a great honour as you only have to look who is already in there, but who will eventually be there, so all the hard work has been worthwhile,” Clark revealed.

Clark began cycling in 1964 on a borrowed bike at the age of thirteen in George Town. Six years later,

Clark was representing Australia at the British Commonwealth Games and achieved a podium finish. 

One of his greatest achievements came two years later at the 1972 Munich Olympics when he won the silver medal in the ‘kilo’ (1000m time trial).

Over his 30-year career, Clark won five world titles, and a total of 12 World Championship career medals while also winning a dozen European crowns. He became one of the most successful six-day racers in history after claiming 74 races, second only to the legendary Patrick Sercu.

In 1986 he received a Medal of the Order of Australia and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1987.

“Silver in the 72 Olympics was big for me,” Clark said when asked about his career-defining moment. “The 77 Burnie Wheelrace, being motor-pace world champion at 49 yrs 11 months and 29 days, breaking many six-day records, winning a stage in the Tour of Tasmania in 2000 against many Olympic riders from other countries at 49 yrs old, or whether it is winning a club race, that is big for me.

“I am proud of being able to race at the top for so so many years and still be competitive in all races, whether on road and track, and still be there against the best at any age.

“I’m just happy to get out there and race anywhere against anyone at any age, win or lose.”

Mike Turtur AO (Track & Administration)

When viewed in isolation, Mike Turtur’s achievements and contributions to cycling, whether on or off the bike, are outstanding. Together, they are the reason for his induction into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame.

An Adelaide native, Turtur represented Australia at the 1984 Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games, winning a total of five medals.

“It is a great honour to be recognised in such a way, in a sport that I have been involved with since the age of 14, along with so many other prominent people in the sport,” said Turtur.

Part of the iconic “Charlie’s Angels” team pursuit squad, Turtur delivered one of the gutsiest performances of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games when, after breaking his wrist earlier in the competition, he teamed with Michael Grenda, Kevin Nichols and Dean Woods to win gold.

At the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Tutur won two gold and one bronze medal and claimed gold at the 1986 Games in Edinburgh.

“I was fortunate to come along at a time when Charlie Walsh had such an influence, his guidance and knowledge took us from humble beginnings in South Australia to significant success in LA,” said Turtur of Walsh, who was part of the inaugural induction class in 2015. “This success was a milestone for the sport and laid the foundation for the cycling program we see today.”

His accomplishments off the bike include establishing Australia’s first WorldTour event, the Tour Down Under, where he has held the role of Race Director since its inception in 1999.

President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation (08-12), Turtur was also a Board Member of the Australian Sports Commission (10-13), Head Coach of the South Australian Sports Institute, (1987-1993) and manager of multiple Australian Cycling Teams.

Turtur received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1985, the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2018.

“After my cycling career, I moved into full-time coaching, however, my true passion was in promoting and organising events,” Turtur explained. “I’m particularly proud of Santos Tour Down Under which has now been running for 20 years and is a cornerstone event on the Australian calendar.”

Glen Jacobs (MTB)

A pioneer in the design of mountain bike trails across the world, Queensland’s Glen Jacobs will be inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame in 2018. 

Jacobs' love of mountain biking began at the age of 10, when he began exploring the rainforest and building trails in Cairns, in Far North Queensland. 

Jacobs and his friends built more than 50 local around Cairns in the 1990s, and began organising rides and races on these trails, with the Cairns Mountain Bike Club, of which Glen was president. Within a few years, Cycling Australia suggested that a major international event could be lured to Australia, so through the help of Jacobs and the unique rainforest region the first World Cup to Australian shores became a reality in 1994. 

Jacobs has been instrumental in the creation of more than 300 trails across 20 different countries, including the design of all of Australia’s courses including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games course, and both the 1996 and 2017 World Mountain Bike Championships courses in his hometown of Cairns.

In 2004, he founded World Trail, which has grown into Australia’s and one of the worlds largest and most successful Mountain Bike trail building company.

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