Cycling Australia is greatly saddened by the passing of long-time racer and significant contributor to the sport of cycling in Australia, Mr Hendricus "Henk" Vogels Snr, OAM.
Born on 1 November, 1942 in Haarlem, Netherlands Henk Vogels Snr represented Australia at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics finishing 4th in the Team Pursuit. Henk was Australian Champion in the individual pursuit in 1963 and several times a medalist.
Henk was regarded by many Australian and European cyclists who raced against him as the hardest/toughest man in the bunch, with exceptional strength and a never-give-up attitude, especially when things weren't going his way.
Henk's clubs as a racing cyclist were H.S.V. Kampioen in the Netherlands, while in Australia, he was a member of Belmont, Cockburn-Fremantle and Southern Districts Cycling Club.
As well as his track and club racing, Henk rode professionally for Caballero in Europe and Leslie's Curtains in Australia.
Beyond his efforts as an amateur and professional cyclist, Henk gave back to the sport he loved as a National Level Commissaire, National Selector, coach, and manager of many WA State and National teams.
A loving father to three sons Michael, Henk Jnr and Leon, Henk Snr saw his son Henk Jnr forge a successful ten year professional cycling career and again followed his father's footsteps into coaching and mentoring up-and-comers.
A gentleman of the sport, Henk was never caught up just coaching and encouraging the elite riders. He was famous for greeting each newcomer and novice in the same friendly and energetic way.
For these efforts over many years, Henk was rightly awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2007.
In his latter years Henk was a steadfast member of the Royal South Beach Cycling Club or better known as the “Old Papps Bunch”.
He put his name to the Henk Vogels Cycling Foundation. The Foundation assisted up and coming stars of West Australian cycling, many of whom we have seen on the international stage or on the national podium. This included names such as:
Cycling Australia would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to Henk’s family and friends and his many cycling proteges and alumni. A grand gent of the sport who will be much missed and long remembered.
Cycling Australia would like to thank the Vogels Family, Ray Bowles, Matt Poyner, Matthew Keenan, WestCycle, RIDE Media and The Cycling Scrapbook FB Members for their assistance with this obituary.