Mike Turtur elected Oceania President
Turtur, who is also the Race Director of South Australia's Tour Down Under, was elected on 16 November at the Oceania Cycling Confederation congress in Adelaide. He takes over from retiring President Ray Godkin, who had held the role since 1986.
Los Angeles Olympic Games gold medallist, Mike Turtur, has been elected President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation.
Ray Godkin, who has known Mike Turtur for over 25 years and was his team manager when he won the team pursuit gold medal in Los Angeles in 1984, today praised the appointment.
“Mike was a superb bike rider and is one of our greatest promoters and organisers of road and track events,” said Mr Godkin. “I have great admiration for Mike and he will do great things for cycling in Australia and around the world in this new role.”
Mike Turtur said, “Ray has made a massive contribution to the sport of cycling throughout his career and during his 22 years as Oceania President.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of this role and working with the cycling community in this region and internationally.”
In his new role Turtur will also sit on the Management Committee of the UCI (International Cycling Union). His first meeting in that capacity will take place in the Netherlands on 28-29 January 2009, three days after the end of the Tour Down Under.