Tony Doyle (cyclist)

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Tony Doyle MBE
Personal information
Born(1958-05-19)19 May 1958
Ashford, Middlesex, England
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Team information
DisciplineTrack & Road
RoleRider
Rider typeSix-day
Professional team(s)
1980–1982KP Crisps - Viscount (GBR)
1984RMC - Security Grille Protections (GBR)
1985RMC - Ammaco (Great-Britain
1986Ever Ready - Ammaco (Great-Britain)
1989Ever Ready (Great-Britain)
1990Ever Ready - Halfords[1]
1991European Newspaper (Great-Britain)
1993Neilson Tivoli (Great Britain)
1994Futurama (Great Britain)
Major wins
World Champion, Pursuit (1980 & 1986), European Madison Champion (1984, 1988 & 1989) European Omnium Champion (1988/89)

Anthony Paul Doyle MBE (born 19 May 1958)[2] is a British former professional cyclist.

Biography[edit]

Doyle was world pursuit champion in 1980 and 1986. He was a professional between 1980 and 1995, riding for British teams.

Doyle represented England and won two bronze medals in the 4,000 metres individual and team pursuit events, at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[3]

He finished seventh in the team pursuit at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow as part of the British team.[4] He was not selected for the individual pursuit even though he was the national champion. The place went to Sean Yates. As a result, Doyle turned professional and won the world professional pursuit championship, beating Bert Oosterbosch and Herman Ponsteen. He then raced six-day track races with a variety of partners before achieving great results partnering the Australian Danny Clark.

Doyle became a regular in six-day track races during the 1980s, winning 23 six days. As a result, he was and still is Britain's most successful six day rider. He was noted for fluid and rapid pedalling, which brought him an unofficial UK time-trial record for 25 miles on a 72-inch gear in 56m 30s.

In 1989 Tony Doyle suffered from a serious head injury and multiple fractures at the Munich Six day. He was given the last rites and was in a coma for ten days. He spent six weeks in ITU, followed by two months in a rehabilitation centre. Due to the extent of his injuries it was predicted that he would be unable to return to professional racing.[citation needed]

Doyle received the Bidlake Memorial Prize in 1980 following his first world championship.[5] He received an MBE for services to cycling in 1989.

He took silver in the team pursuit at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.[6]

Unfortunately, a broken back as a result of a crash at the Six Day in Zurich ended his professional career. After, he remained in sport and in particular cycling. Doyle was elected President of British Cycling in late 1995 on a platform of increasing transparency and accountability. However, British Cycling's board attempted to remove him shortly afterwards: two weeks after this, he resigned.[7][8] He was the founder director of the Tour of Britain which restarted in 1994.[9] In 2009, he was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame.[10] Tony Doyle is currently Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Board for the London Borough of Southwark.[needs update?]

His son George, was born in 1992. Daughter Gemma, was born in 1995 and his youngest son James was born in 1999.

Known to have a striking resemblance to Simon Le Bon and once played his character in a Channel 4 documentary on Duran Duran..

Major results[edit]

Track[edit]

1978
Commonwealth Games
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Individual pursuit
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team pursuit
1980
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Individual pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1981
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Individual pursuit, National Track Championships
1983
1st Six Days of Berlin (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Dortmund (with Danny Clark)
1984
1st Gold medal blank.svg Madison (with Gary Wiggins), European Track Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Individual pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1985
1st Six Days of Bremen (with Gary Wiggins)
1st Six Days of Maastricht (with Danny Clark)
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Individual pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Madison (with Gary Wiggins), European Track Championships
1986
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Individual pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Berlin (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Dortmund (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Grenoble (with Francesco Moser)
1987
UCI Track World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Points race
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Individual pursuit
1st Six Days of Maastricht (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Copenhagen (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Bremen (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Paris (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Bassano Del Grappa (with Moreno Argentin)
1988
1st Six Days of Munster (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Berlin (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Dortmund (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Munich (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Launceston (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Copenhagen (with Danny Clark)
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Danny Clark)
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Individual pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1989
1st Six Days of Cologne (with Danny Clark)
1990
1st Six Days of Munich (with Danny Clark)
1991
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Etienne De Wilde)
1994
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit, Commonwealth Games

Road[edit]

1976
2nd National junior road race series[11]
1977
1st Manchester–Rhyl Stage Race
1979
2nd Overall Circuit des Ardennes
1st 13 times in French Road Races
1980
1st 4 times in French Road Races
1981
1st Overall Girvan Three Day
1982
1st Overall Girvan Three Day
1983
1st Kelloggs Nottingham City Centre
1st Stage 5 Sealink International
1984
2nd Overall Sealink International
1st Stage 3
1986
1st Overall Ron Kitching Classic
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 5 Sealink International
1st Kelloggs Westminster City Centre
1989
1st Stage 8 Milk Race
1992
3rd Tom Simpson Memorial RR
1993
1st Stage 3 Rás Tailteann
1994
1st Victor Belmont Road Race

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anthony (Tony) Doyle". Cycling Website. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Anthony Doyle MBE". British Olympic Association.
  3. ^ "1978 Athletes". Team England.
  4. ^ "Tony Doyle Biography & Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  5. ^ "The Recipients since 1933 when the Trust was formed". The F. T. Bidlake Memorial Trust.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  7. ^ "Doyle resigns as president of federation". independent.co.uk. 9 April 1996. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  8. ^ Blackhurst, Chris (1 December 1996). "Sproat puts a spoke in cycling's big plans". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Tony Doyle". British Cycling. September 2004. Archived from the original on 11 September 2005. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)). In 2007 Tony was part of the winning bid team to host the Grande Depart of the Tour De France in London.
  10. ^ "50 Cycling Heroes Named in British Cycling's Hall of Fame". British Cycling. 17 December 2009. Archived from the original on 20 December 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Junior National Series Winners". Bikesy. Retrieved 18 December 2008.

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