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.
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.
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.