Bridie O'Donnell

Bridie O'Donnell (born 29 April 1974) is an Australian civil servant, medical practitioner and former professional road cyclist. She represented her nation at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 UCI Road World Championships.[1]

Dr Bridie O'Donnell
Bridie O'Donnell (7394255478).jpg
O'Donnell in 2012
Personal information
Born (1974-04-29) 29 April 1974 (age 48)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Amateur team
Professional teams
2010Team Valdarno Umbria
2011Top Girls–Fassa Bortolo
Major wins
Hour record 46.882 km (22 January 2016)

O'Donnell was a medical practitioner and surgical assistant before taking up cycling,[2] and later returned to medicine to work in health assessment.[3][4]

On 22 January 2016 O'Donnell broke the Women's Hour record at the Adelaide Super-Drome. She rode 46.882 kilometres, exceeding the distance set by Molly Shaffer Van Houweling the previous September by 609 metres.[5]

Work lifeEdit

O'Donnell is a medical doctor, graduating from the University of Queensland's school of medicine in 1998 and is the current head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation for the Victorian State Government.[6][7] She was employed by Australian TV network Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) as a commentator for the 2020 Tour de France, the first female to do so for SBS. She commentated on the Tour de France again in 2021.[8]

In May 2021 she was appointed to the board of the Collingwood Football Club. She replaced Alex Waislitz who joined the Collingwood board in 1998. Her appointment generated controversy, because O'Donnell had been a Collingwood member for less than two years, contravening Collingwood's constitution, which states "No member shall be qualified for election as a member of the board unless he (or she) shall have been a member of the club for at least 24 months immediately prior to nomination."[9][10]

O'Donnell is also Executive Director of the Victorian Government's Public Events Team and Director of the Gender Equity Project. She was the inaugural Director of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation between 2017-2020 and a physician with Epworth HealthCheck between 2013 and 2017.

In November 2021 she was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.[11]

Bridie O'Donnell on her way to winning the ACT Criterium Championships - Stromlo 2008.

Major resultsEdit

1st   Time trial, Oceania Road Championships
2nd Chrono des Nations
7th Chrono Champenois – Trophée Européen
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
4th Chrono des Nations
10th Memorial Davide Fardelli
1st   Time trial, Oceania Road Championships (January)
Oceania Road Championships (November)
1st   Road race
3rd Time trial
2nd Overall Tour de PEI
5th Chrono Champenois
7th Memorial Davide Fardelli
National Road Championships
2nd Road race
2nd Time trial
8th Memorial Davide Fardelli
Oceania Road Championships
2nd   Road race
2nd   Time trial
4th Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd   Time trial, Oceania Road Championships
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
7th Chrono des Nations
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
Oceania Road Championships
5th Time trial
10th Road race
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
World Hour record 46.882 km (22 January 2016)
2nd   Time trial, Oceania Road Championships


  • Life and death : a cycling memoir, Melbourne : Slattery Media Group, 2018. ISBN 9781921778674, OCLC 1039100343[12][13]


  1. ^ "Bridie O'Donnell". Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Bridie O'Donnell gearing up for a new career | Herald Sun". Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  3. ^ "What it's like to be a top-level sportswoman". Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  4. ^ "About Epworth HealthCheck". Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Bridie O'Donnell breaks Women's UCI Hour Record". UCI. 22 January 2016.
  6. ^ D'Agostino, Emma (26 February 2018). "'Change doesn't have to be frightening' – Bendigo talks women in sport". Bendigo Advertiser. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  7. ^ Colangelo, Anthony (20 October 2017). "Cyclist Bridie O'Donnell takes new role to make things better for women in sport". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  8. ^ Rigden, Claire. "Ex-champion cyclist Bridie O'Donnell returns to co-host the Tour de France for SBS". The West Australian. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  9. ^ Morris, Tom. "Pies' board twist sees ineligible new director Dr Bridie O'Donnell temporarily lose voting rights". Fox Sports. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  10. ^ Matthey, James. "Waleed Aly asks glaring question amid Collingwood crisis". Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Outstanding Victorian Women Recognised". Mirage News. 12 November 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ O'Halloran, Kate (1 June 2018). "Bridie O'Donnell: 'Cycling's power imbalance is extremely apparent'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Beyond the cult of self-destruction: Life and Death by Bridie O'Donnell". CyclingTips. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2019.

External linksEdit