Hoobin and McGee to the Hall of Fame
Cycling Australia has confirmed the other two inductees to its Hall of Fame for 2017: Jack Hoobin and Brad McGee.
Established in 2015, Cycling Australia’s Hall of Fame is set to grow by four in 2017. Last week the federation announced that Julie Speight and Katie Henderson would join a list of 18. Today, two more names were added: the 1950 amateur road race world champion Jack Hoobin and versatile road and track specialist Bradley McGee.
Hoobin was the first Australian to win a road race world championship. He achieved this in Moorsledge, Belgium.
“He was always humble about being a world champion,” said his daughter, Tina, in the official release from Cycling Australia. “We think he would have been very proud of this honour as he was when he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1991.”
He passed away at the age of 72 in 2000, shortly before the Sydney Olympics.
Jack Hoobin (above). Photo courtesy of Cycling Australia.
McGee needs little introduction to cycling fans around the world. He set precedents throughout an amazing riding career and he remains closely involved in the racing scene as a coach (and selector) of the national team.
As a junior McGee broke the 3,000 individual pursuit world record at the world championships in Perth and he never stopped achieving throughout his impressive racing career.
He turned pro with the French Française des Jeux team and was a key member of that squad for many years. His accomplishments with FDJ are well documented and they include a stage win in the 2002 Tour de France, when he scored a stunning coup ahead of the sprinters in Avranches.
In 2003 he claimed the prologue win at the Tour de France in Paris and was the first to wear the yellow jersey in the ‘centennaire’ event.
The following year, McGee won on the opening day of the Giro d’Italia and briefly wore the maglia rosa.
And in 2005 he rounded out his collection of Grand Tour leader’s jersey when he wore what was called the “amarillo” jersey at the Vuelta a España for four days. (The leader’s jersey at the Vuelta is now red.)
McGee won numerous other world titles on the track and was also part of the team pursuit that claimed the gold medal and a world record at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
McGee at the Tour de France in 2003 (above).
Photo: Yuzuru Sunada
RIDE Media has referenced Hoobin and McGee numerous times over the years and in the coming weeks we’ll look back through our archives and publish some of the stories relating to this pair of pioneering Australian cyclists.
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The official ceremony for the Hall of Fame will take place at a luncheon hosted by Cycling Australia in Melbourne on 17 November as part of the Cyclist of the Year awards.