Jack Bobridge

Jack Bobridge (born 13 July 1989) is an Australian former professional racing cyclist who last rode for Trek–Segafredo in 2016.

Jack Bobridge
La Louvière - Eurométropole Tour, étape 1, 2 octobre 2014, départ (B127).JPG
Bobridge in 2014
Personal information
NicknameBobby
Born (1989-07-13) 13 July 1989 (age 30)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad and track
RoleRider
Rider typeTrack Endurance
Amateur teams
2004-2007CSC Team O'Grady
2008–2009Southaustralia.com-AIS
Professional teams
2010–2011Garmin–Transitions
2012GreenEDGE
2013–2014Blanco Pro Cycling
2015Team Budget Forklifts
2016Trek–Segafredo
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
National Road Race Championships (2011, 2016)

In 2019 he was convicted of drug dealing and sentenced to a four-year prison term. He admitted to using banned recreational drugs during his racing career, noting that he used cocaine in training leading up to major cycling events, including the Olympics.[2]

CareerEdit

Bobridge's career combined both track and road cycling.

In 2008, he was part of the Australian men's pursuit team that finished in fourth place at the Olympics, along with Graeme Brown, Mark Jamieson, Luke Roberts and Brad McGee.[3]

In May 2009, Bobridge signed with Garmin–Slipstream, with his contract starting on 1 January 2010 and had been contracted to race with the team until 2012. He left the team at the end of 2011, and joined GreenEDGE for the 2012 season.[4]

In September 2009 he won the under-23 time trial at the UCI Road World Championships.[5] In January 2011 he became the Australian National Road Race Champion with a daring solo breakaway. On 2 February 2011, he set a new world record for the track 4k individual pursuit.[6] Bobridge was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[7]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was part of the Australian team that won the silver medal in the men's team pursuit, with Glenn O'Shea, Rohan Dennis and Michael Hepburn.[8]

Bobridge left Orica–GreenEDGE at the end of the 2012 season, and joined Blanco Pro Cycling on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.[9]

Bobridge won two gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, one in the men's team pursuit with Luke Davison, Alex Edmondson and Glenn O'Shea, where Australia set a new Games record in the final, and in the men's individual pursuit.[10][11]

In November 2014 Bobridge was announced as part of the Team Budget Forklifts line-up for 2015 alongside fellow members of the Australian endurance track squad Luke Davison, Glenn O'Shea, Scott Sunderland and Mitchel Mulhearn, riding a domestic programme with a focus on achieving success on the track at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[12]

Bobridge won the opening stage of the 2015 Tour Down Under. He lost the overall lead on stage three but finished the race with the King of the Mountains jersey. On 31 January 2015 Bobridge attempted to break the world hour record in Melbourne. He rode 51.3 kilometres falling short of the record of 51.852 kilometres. However he did break Brad McGee's Australian national hour record of 50.3 kilometres which had stood since 2000.[13] In September 2015 it was announced that Bobridge would return to the UCI WorldTour peloton in 2016, signing a one-year contract with Trek Factory Racing.[14]

In 2016, Bobridge won his second Olympic silver medal, again in the men's team pursuit, this time with Alex Edmondson, Michael Hepburn, Sam Welsford and Callum Scotson.[15]

Bobridge announced his retirement from cycling in November 2016. His retirement was due to the effects of rheumatoid arthritis which he was first diagnosed with in 2010.[16]

The Jack Bobridge Track, a cycling and walking trail from his hometown of Gawler into the Barossa Valley was named for Bobridge when it was built in 2014, however the Barossa Council was concerned that this sent the wrong message to young people after he was convicted of using and selling drugs in 2019.[17] In July 2019, the council resolved to remove Bobridge's name and rename the track to the Barossa Trail,[18] a name already used for the northern and eastern extension.

Legal issuesEdit

In September 2017, Bobridge was charged with selling trafficable quantities of recreational drugs.[19] In May 2019, during a court hearing concerning his case, he admitted to using recreational drugs, such as cocaine and ecstasy, during his active career.[20] He claimed that he took them ahead of some races, but that they would be out of his body by race day. He denied the charges brought against him that he trafficked ecstasy.[21] On 5 July 2019, he was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, being found guilty for four charges of drug dealing. He is eligible for parole after two years and six months.[22]

Career achievementsEdit

TrackEdit

2006
1st   Team pursuit, UCI World Junior Track Championships
2007
1st   Team pursuit, UCI World Junior Track Championships
National Track Championships
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Madison
2008
1st   Team pursuit (Los Angeles), UCI Track World Cup
2009
Oceania Track Championships
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Individual pursuit, National Track Championships
2010
Commonwealth Games
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
UCI Track World Championships
1st   Team pursuit
3rd   Individual pursuit
2011
UCI Track World Championships
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Overall, Individual pursuit, UCI Track World Cup
2012
UCI Track World Championships
2nd   Team pursuit
2nd   Individual pursuit
2nd   Team pursuit, Olympic Games
2015
2nd   Individual pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
2016
2nd   Team pursuit, Olympic Games

RoadEdit

2007
3rd Overall Tour of the Murray River
2008
8th Overall Tour de Berlin
2009
1st   Time trial, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
National Under–23 Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
1st Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop U23
3rd Overall Thüringen-Rundfahrt
1st Stage 2 & 5
7th Overall Tour of Japan
1st Stage 4 & 6
2010
1st Stage 5 Eneco Tour
7th Overall Delta Tour Zeeland
2011
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
2nd Time trial
2nd Overall Herald Sun Tour
5th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2014
5th Road race, National Road Championships
2015
Tour Down Under
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 1
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
2016
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
4th Overall Herald Sun Tour

Grand Tour General Classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  Giro d'Italia DNF DNF DNF 156
  Tour de France
  Vuelta a España
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jack Bobridge". london2012.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Olympic cycling champion Jack Bobridge jailed for dealing ecstasy in Perth". ABC News. 5 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Australia Cycling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Bobridge, Meyer brothers first Australian signings for GreenEdge". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Jack Bobridge wins U23 world TT title - VeloNews.com". 23 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Bobridge breaks Boardman's record - Cyclingnews.com".
  7. ^ "AIS Athletes at 2010 Commonwealth Games". Archived from the original on 28 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Australia Cycling at the 2012 London Summer Games | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Bobridge to Rabobank". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Men's 4000m Team Pursuit Finals - Gold". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Jack Bobridge Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Bobridge back on the track with Team Budget Forklifts". cyclingnews.com. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  13. ^ Woodpower, Zeb. "Bobridge misses out on Hour Record". Cycling News.
  14. ^ Clarke, Stuart (15 September 2015). "Jack Bobridge signs for Trek Factory Racing". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Australia Cycling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Arthritis forces Jack Bobridge to ride into retirement". The Advertiser. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Jack Bobridge Track likely to be renamed following cyclist's jail sentence for drug dealing". ABC News. ABC. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  18. ^ James, Colin (18 July 2019). "Barossa Council strips jailed cyclist Jack Bobridge's name from bikeway between Gawler and Tanunda". The Advertiser Messenger Community News. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  19. ^ "SA Olympic medallist facing drug charges".
  20. ^ "Australian Olympic medallist, who had ex-pro Kiwi cyclist as street dealer, jailed for drug trafficking". Stuff. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Bobridge admits to taking cocaine and ecstasy during career". cyclingnews.com. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  22. ^ Long, Jonny (5 July 2019). "Olympian Jack Bobridge sentenced to four years for selling ecstasy". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 5 July 2019.

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