Any nation or team would be proud to boast Olympic gold in a five-medal haul from four Games campaigns, two world crowns, five Commonwealth gold medals, and having worn all three Grand Tour leader’s jerseys during that period.
Now consider these outstanding achievements came from just one person, Sydney cyclist Brad McGee, who between 1994 and 2008 wrote one of the sport’s most glittering resumes.
In 2017, McGee will be inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame at the Annual Awards in Melbourne on 17 November.
The youngest of four cycling brothers, McGee’s international career began in 1993, when at 16, he won the first of three junior world titles on the track during which he set an Under 19 individual pursuit world record.
In 1994 and still in the junior ranks, McGee contested his first of his three Commonwealth Games (1994, 1998, 2002) winning two gold while on debut.
McGee formed part of Australia’s team pursuit world champion quartet in 1995, before making his Olympic debut in 1996 where he netted individual and team pursuit bronze at the Games in Atlanta.
Signing with professional team Française des Jeux in 1999, McGee claimed a third Olympic medal in Sydney 2000, just 18 days after having a plate and seven screws inserted in a broken collarbone he injured during a training ride.
Between 2002 and 2005 was a stellar stretch on both the road and track for McGee as he claimed Olympic gold in the team and silver in the individual pursuit (2004), the individual pursuit world crown (2002), and his fifth career Commonwealth Games gold medal (2002).
On the road, McGee became the first Australian to wear the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours; the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana, in addition to celebrating stage wins at Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.
Since his retirement from racing, McGee has spent time as both a Director of Sport in the World Tour and a coach with the NSW Institute of Sport and Cycling Australia, where he currently holds the position of Road Director.
"So there are still fundamentals there but things have moved on considerably, it's a new world now."
- Tour de France: 2003 - held leader’s jersey for three days 2003 and won the prologue; 2002 – won Stage 7
- Giro d’Italia: 2004 - held leader’s jersey for two days, won the prologue, finished 8th overall
- Vuelta a Espana: 2005 held leader’s jersey for four days
- Gold 2004, team pursuit
- Silver 2004, individual pursuit
- Bronze 2000, individual pursuit
- Bronze 1996, individual pursuit
- Bronze 1996, team pursuit
- Gold World Championships 1995, team pursuit
- Gold World Championships 2002, individual pursuit
- Gold 1994, Individual pursuit
- Gold 1994, team pursuit
- Gold 1998, Individual pursuit
- Gold 1998, team pursuit
- Gold 2002, Individual pursuit