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Cadel Evans AM is considered the greatest Australian cyclist of the modern era and is the only Australian to win the prestigious Tour de France.
Born 14 February 1977 in Katherine in the Northern Territory, Evans attended Eltham High School in Melbourne, Victoria, during his teenage years.
Early in his career, Cadel was a champion mountain biker, winning the world cup in 1998 and 1999 and placing seventh in the men’s cross-country mountain bike race at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He is a four-time Olympian.
Following a magnificent mountain bike career, Cadel Evans’ achievements in road racing have broken new ground for Australian cyclists.
Part of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) team from 1994-1999, Evans stunned AIS scientists with extremely high VO2 Max numbers, which were better than 99% of the population. They found Evans had a rare combination of unusually high lung volume and the ability to efficiently get oxygen to his muscles with each breath.
Previously a two-time podium finisher in the Tour de France (2007/08), 2011 was the year Cadel broke through and wore the yellow jersey into Paris, riding for BMC Racing Team and becoming the first ever Australian winner of the event.
Cadel is now one of only four cyclists in the world to have finished on the podium of all three Grand Tours (the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana) as well as winning the UCI Road World Championship. He stands among the true legends of the sport.
Cadel retired from professional cycling on 1 February 2015, after finishing a typically courageous fifth place in the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Victoria, an event named in his honour.
As a former world champion and Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans is not only the most decorated and celebrated Australian cyclist ever, but one of the leading figures in the sport globally and an inspiration to peers and fans alike.
One of his most satisfying achievements has been the role he has played in the staggering growth in popularity and participation in cycling in Australia.
His drive to create this race, give back to Geelong and the Surf Coast region, and inspire a nation to commit to a healthier lifestyle on two wheels is both commendable and a source of immense pride to him.
Residing in Barwon Heads when in Australia, Cadel is still a regular feature on the roads that comprise the course of the ‘Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race’ and the ‘Swisse People’s Ride’. Victorian’s and those local to this area are proud to call Cadel their own.