Australian cycling has a rich history comprising of some of the oldest races in the world and international success dating back more than 100 years.
The Cycling Australia Hall of Fame has been established to recognise the outstanding achievements of the true greats of Australian cycling.
They are the “best of the best” who, through their achievements, have made an enduring or significant contribution to cycling. Induction into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame is a public acknowledgement of their extraordinary feats.
A Cycling Australia Hall of Fame Committee selects riders and/or officials whose induction into the Hall of Fame takes place at the annual Cycling Australia Awards.
In 1999, twenty-five-year-old Katie Mactier quit her office job at a Melbourne advertising agency to pursue cycling. Within seven years she had become one of the world’s most decorated cyclists, boasting a world record, Olympic silver medal, world title, Commonwealth Games gold, plus four individual pursuit national titles remarkably bookended by two national crowns on the road.
Awarded a VIS scholarship shortly after, Mactier famously raced to victory at the 2001 Road National Championships before making her Australian debut at the Road World Championships later in the year.
A professional road contract came in 2002, but it was early in 2003 where her track career began, Mactier revealing that her first pedal strokes on a fixed-gear bike came as a result of delay in her US Visa application.
The lack of track experience didn’t stop Mactier as she triumphed at the Nationals to claim her first of four individual pursuit crowns. In the process, the result qualified her for the 2003 Track World Championships and also launched her Olympic campaign.
The quick times rapidly turned into the world’s fastest as Mactier soared to break the world record (3:29.945) in qualifying at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and become the first woman to break the 3 minute 30 second barrier. New Zealand’s Sarah Ulmer eclipsed Mactier’s new mark shortly after, with the rivals facing off in the final.
In 2005, Mactier became just the third Australian woman to claim a track world title when she grabbed the rainbow jersey in the individual pursuit, before emphatically riding to the Commonwealth crown in front of an adoring home crowd at the 2006 Melbourne Games.
Since retiring after her second Olympic appearance at the 2008 Games in Beijing, Mactier married former professional cyclist Greg Henderson. After living in Spain for a decade, they have recently relocated to the USA with their two children following Greg’s appointment the position of Endurance Performance Director for USA cycling.