Our history
Victoria

Our history

1869

Recognised as the beginning of cycle racing in Melbourne on Velocipedes at the Melbourne Cricket Club Ground.

1878

The Melbourne Bicycle Club was formed and became the powerful organiser/promoter of very popular cycle racing in the following period at the Melbourne Cricket Club Ground.

1885

The "Ordinary" bicycle, commonly called the Penny Farthing, becomes the racing machine because of its larger wheel / higher gearing.

1887

The first Men's Austral Wheelrace was conducted at the MCG won by Harry Lambton (210 yds.)  and worth £200 comprising a walnut cabinet containing 163 pieces of silver and other valuable dishes and items.

1890

The "Safety" bicycle (that we use today) arrived in Australia and began being used for racing.

1891

The Victorian Amateur Athletic Association (VAAA) looked after the interests of the Amateur cyclists.

No females or juniors were permitted by VAAA.

1893

The League of Victorian Wheelmen (LVW) was formed for the Professional cyclists.

At times they also controlled Amateur cycling.

1895

The first Warrnambool to Melbourne was run and won by A. Calder (120 min.)

It was run again later in the same year but from Melbourne to Warrnambool.

1908

The Amateurs returned to the control of the VAAA

1917

The Victorian Amateur Cyclists' Union formed.

1930's

Early 30's, women demanded the opportunity to race and mostly formed Women's Clubs within Men's Clubs.

1931

Hubert Opperman wins Paris-Brest-Paris

1936

The Victorian Women's Amateur Cycling Association was formed.

1940's

Through to the early 1950's there were even several (exclusively) Women's Professional Cycling Clubs.

1949

Sid Patterson won the first of four World Track Championships, the Amateur Sprint.

1950

Jack Hoobin won the World Amateur Road Championship in Belgium (Mid. 50's) Women's cycling died - no known reason.

1952

The Sun Tour commenced.

1956

Olympic Games Melbourne.  The Road Race at Broadmeadows and Track  Cycling on the concrete Velodrome in Swan St.  Converted to Board Track in 1957 and became the centre of cycling till demolished in 1970.

1970's  

Girl's cycling in clubs began the resurgence of Women's racing.

1980

September 6.  First full Pro-Am Road Race, the Midlands Tour was won by David Allan.

1981

January 17.  First full Pro-Am track meeting - Forges Store Wheelrace at Northcote won by Andrew Whalebone.

1985/86

VACU became the Victorian Cycling Federation Inc. (VCF)

1991/92

League of Victorian Wheelmen became Victorian Cycling League Ltd (VCL).

Kathy Watt at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics won Gold in the Road Race and Silver in the Pursuit creating great impetus to women's cycling in Australia

1992/93

Amalgamation of VCF and VCL.

1994

VCF became Victorian Cycling Incorporated.

1998/99

VCI began trading as CycleSport Victoria

First female elected to the Cycling Victoria Board  - Julie Sarll

2000

Vodafone / Hisense / Melbourne Arena built.

2002

Junior World Track Championships at Vodafone.

2004

World Track Championships at Vodafone.

2005

Darebin International Sports Centre Velodrome opened.

2009

Cadel Evans won the World Road Championship

World Cup at Hisense Arena

2010

World Road Championships at Geelong

World Cup at Hisense Arena

2011

Victorian Cycling Incorporated now trading as Cycling Victoria

Cadel Evans won the Tour de France.

2012

World Track Championships at Hisense Arena