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Sir Hubert Opperman Trophy and 'Oppy Medal'

The Sir Hubert Opperman Trophy has been presented to the Australian Cyclist of the Year since 1958.  For the years 1958 to 1995 the Award was under the custodianship of the award’s founder Mr Bill Long OAM, a life member of Cycling Australia, and it was presented for the most outstanding Australian 'cyclist of the year'.

Cycling Australia took custodianship of the Award in 1996 and it is now presented to the best all-round performing cyclist each year who also displays a high level of sportsmanship and is an ambassador for the sport of cycling.

About Sir Hubert Opperman

In an incredible 21-year career, ‘Oppy’ notched up an impressive list of cycling achievements both at home and abroad.  He won the Australian Road Championship in 1924, 1926, 1927 and 1929 and posted the fastest time three times in the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycle Classic.  Hubert Opperman became the world’s greatest endurance cyclist when he defeated the cream of European endurance riders in the 1931 non-stop 1166 kilometre Paris-Brest-Paris breaking all previous records over the distance.

When the world went to war, ‘Oppy’ hung up his bike and joined the air force. In the post-war years, he served as the Liberal member for Corio for 17 years under Prime Ministers Sir Robert Menzies and Harold Holt.  ‘Oppy’ served with great distinction as Chief Government Whip and later, was elected to Cabinet as Minister for Shipping and Transport 1960-1663, and Minister for Immigration 1963-1966.  In 1967 he became Australia’s first High Commissioner of Malta. 

The Honourable Sir Hubert Opperman OBE GCSJ retired from public life in 1972. 

Honour Roll

  • 1958 Russell Mockridge
  • 1959 Peter Panton
  • 1960 John Green
  • 1961 Alan Grindal
  • 1962 Sid Patterson
  • 1963 Ron Grenda
  • 1964 Barry Waddell
  • 1965 Ray Bilney
  • 1966 Barry Waddell
  • 1967 Graeme Gilmore
  • 1968 Barry Waddell
  • 1969 Keith Oliver
  • 1970 Gordon Johnson
  • 1971 Graham McVilly
  • 1972 Graeme Gilmore
  • 1973 Graham McVilly
  • 1974 Laurie Venn
  • 1975 John Nicholson
  • 1976 David Allan
  • 1977 Shane Bartley
  • 1978 Malcolm Hill
  • 1979 Peter Besanko
  • 1980 Laurie Venn
  • 1981 Peter Besanko
  • 1982 Steele Bishop
  • 1983 Gary Trowell
  • 1984 Peter Besanko
  • 1985 Laurie Venn
  • 1986 Michael Lynch
  • 1987 Neil Stephens
  • 1988 Barry Burns
  • 1989 Martin Vinnicombe
  • 1990 Rod Evans
  • 1991 Brent McCaig
  • 1992 Scott Sunderland
  • 1993 Bradley McGee
  • 1994 Rod Evans
  • 1995 Darryn Hill
  • 1996 Shane Kelly
  • 1997 Henk Vogels
  • 1998 Stuart O'Grady
  • 1999 Anna Wilson
  • 2000 Brett Aitken & Scott McGrory 
  • 2001 Stuart O'Grady 
  • 2002 Robbie McEwen 
  • 2003 Michael Rogers 
  • 2004 Ryan Bayley 
  • 2005 Robbie McEwen
  • 2006 Cadel Evans
  • 2007 Cadel Evans
  • 2008 Anna Meares
  • 2009 Cadel Evans
  • 2010 Cameron Meyer
  • 2011 Cadel Evans
  • 2012 Anna Meares
  • 2013 Caroline Buchanan
  • 2014 Simon Gerrans
  • 2015 Rohan Dennis
  • 2016 Mathew Hayman
 

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