Michael Turtur

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Michael Turtur
Personal information
Full name Michael Colin Turtur
Born (1958-07-02) July 2, 1958 (age 56)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Team information
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Rider type Pursuit

Michael Colin "Mike" Turtur, OAM[1] (born July 2, 1958 in Adelaide, South Australia) is a former track cyclist and Olympic gold medallist in the 4000m Team Pursuit at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, with team members Dean Woods, Kevin Nichols and Michael Grenda, coached by Charlie Walsh.[2]

Michael Turtur has competed at two Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games, winning a total of five medals. At the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, he won two gold medals in the men’s 4000m teams and individual pursuits, and a bronze medal in the 10 mile scratch race. At the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, he was the flag bearer for Australia and won a gold medal in the men’s 4000m team pursuit.

Following his cycling career, Mr Turtur went on to share his knowledge and experience by becoming the South Australian Institute of Sport Cycling Coach for five years. From 1993 Michael Turtur was the manager and promoter of the Adelaide Super-Drome located in South Australia’s State Sports Park, which is the headquarters for the highly successful Australian Institute of Sport’s Women's and Mens Track Cycling Program.

In 2011 he was a State Finalist in the Australian of the Year.[3] Michael Turtur was a television commentator for the Seven Network during its Olympics coverage.

Australian Sports Commission Board[edit]

Michael Turtur is on the Australian Sports Commission Board with Mr John Wylie AM, Chair, Mr David Gallop (Deputy Chair), Glenys Beauchamp (ex-officio), Alisa Camplin OAM, Sally Carbon OAM, Liz Ellis AM, John Lee, Margaret Osmond, Andrew Plympton, Ken Ryan, and Kyle Vander-Kuyp.[4][5]

Union Cycliste Internationale[edit]

Michael Turtur is on the UCI board on the Management Committee of the International Cycling Union.[6] He is also president and chair of the track commission.[7]

Cycling teams[edit]

Michael Turtur was Section Manager of the 1994 Victoria, Canada, Commonwealth Games Cycling Team, the 1995 World Championships, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Tour Down Under[edit]

From the Tour Down Under's inception in 1999 by Michael Turtur, he has been its internationally recognized Race Director.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Australian Sports Commission
Board member
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Union Cycliste Internationale
Board member
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Union Cycliste Internationale
President, Track Commission
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
new position
Tour Down Under
Race Director

1998—
Succeeded by
incumbent