Cycling Australia is honoured to welcome John Iffy Trevorrow on as a life member in 2018.

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John has had a brilliant and storied career both on as well as off the bike and his contribution to the sport of cycling in Australia has been immense.

Trevorrow won the national road title three years in a row between 1978 and 1980 after competing in the Munich Olympics six years earlier.

John was also one of the first Australian cyclists to race professionally in Europe and really helped elevate Australian cycling to where it is today. He is responsible for inspiring some of the best riders Australia and the world has seen.

John brought a bit of traditional Australian mischief to Europe when there were very few English speaking riders on the European cycling scene. His loveable larrikin spirit earnt him the nickname ‘Iffy’ as in ‘if only’.

In fact, it was his good friend and Australian Road Champion Graham Jose who first used the nickname during a season in Europe during the 1970’s.

As good friend. Ross Forster remembers John was never one to enjoy training.

“He never liked training, which is extraordinary when you look at his amazing career wins,” said  Ross Forster

“If it wasn’t for his dad Joe who used to take him out for 200km rides behind the motorbike he wouldn’t have reached the heights he did.

“He certainly had a switch he could flick on when it came to an important race.  Ultra-fitness was never one of his strong points.  If he got fit, look out he was almost unbeatable,

“What I admired the most about John was how he has continued giving back to the sport, often to his own financial detriment,

His enthusiasm for what he does is infectious, and he has been directly responsible for the careers of many of our greatest riders.” He said.

John’s love of cycling hit him early, his father was a racer and when he was a kid in the 1950’s the Sun Tour competitors would stay at his house, as he listened to their stories, he knew he was going to be a cyclist.

At 21 Trevorrow competed in the 1970 Commonwealth Games and brought home a bronze medal.

Once John turned professional, he won the Sun Tour an impressive three times and now carries on his involvement with the event as race director.

John has also helped with the development of other major cycling events in Australia, serving as the race director of the Tour of Tasmania numerous times and the Bay crits.

He was also instrumental in getting women’s racing broadcast on national television in Australia. Trevorrow continues to work and help grow the sport of cycling in our country as a race organiser and sports journalist.

Everyone at Cycling Australia commends John for his stellar career on the bike and all the hard work he has done and continues to do since retiring. He is truly a great of our sport.

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