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.
At the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, ‘Flyin Ryan’ launched himself into Australian sporting folklore when he became the first Australian track cyclist to win two individual gold medals at the same Games.
While nearly as much was written about his eating habits and relaxed attitudes, West Australian Bayley showcased his trademark kick to claim famous victories in the sprint and keirin at the 2004 Games.
“It’s cool to be recognised for what you’ve done, and when you win stuff back then it’s nice to be put up on the wall with other impressive athletes,” said Bayley, who also added four Commonwealth gold and the 2001 keirin world title during his career before hanging up the bike from international competition in 2009.
“Some days it (Athens) seriously feels like it was a couple of weeks ago, other days it feels like a century ago.”