Michael Turtur

Michael Colin Turtur AO (born 2 July 1958 in Adelaide, South Australia) is a former track cyclist and Olympic gold medallist in the 4000m Team Pursuit at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, with team members Dean Woods, Kevin Nichols and Michael Grenda, coached by Charlie Walsh.[1]

Michael Turtur
Personal information
Full nameMichael Colin Turtur
Born (1958-07-02) 2 July 1958 (age 63)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Team information
Rider typePursuit
Medal record

Michael Turtur has competed in the Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games, winning a total of five medals. At the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, he won two gold medals in the men’s 4000m teams and individual pursuits, and a bronze medal in the 10 mile scratch race. At the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, he was the flag bearer for Australia and won a gold medal in the men’s 4000m team pursuit.

Following his cycling career, Mr Turtur went on to share his knowledge and experience by becoming the South Australian Institute of Sport Cycling Coach for five years. From 1993 Michael Turtur was the manager and promoter of the Adelaide Super-Drome located in South Australia’s State Sports Park, which is the headquarters for the highly successful Australian Institute of Sport’s Women's and Men's Track Cycling Program.

In 2011 he was a State Finalist in the Australian of the Year.[2] Michael Turtur was a television commentator for the Seven Network during its Olympics coverage.

In January 2018 Turtur was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to cycling, particularly through the development and promotion of world-class road cycling events, and to the community of South Australia".[3]

Australian Sports Commission BoardEdit

Michael Turtur is on the Australian Sports Commission Board with Mr John Wylie AM, Chair, Mr David Gallop (Deputy Chair), Glenys Beauchamp (ex-officio), Alisa Camplin OAM, Sally Carbon OAM, Liz Ellis AM, John Lee, Margaret Osmond, Andrew Plympton, Ken Ryan, and Kyle Vander-Kuyp.[4][5]

Union Cycliste InternationaleEdit

Michael Turtur is on the UCI board on the Management Committee of the Union Cycliste Internationale.[6] He is also president and chair of the track commission.[7]

Cycling teamsEdit

Michael Turtur was Section Manager of the 1994 Victoria, Canada, Commonwealth Games Cycling Team, the 1995 World Championships, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Tour Down UnderEdit

From the Tour Down Under's inception in 1999 by Michael Turtur, he has been its internationally recognized Race Director. Turtur officially handed over the reins of Race Director to Stuart O'Grady at the end of 2020 race. [8]


  1. ^ Olympic results
  2. ^ "Australian of the Year Awards". www.australianoftheyear.org.au. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  3. ^ Turtur, Michael (26 January 2018). "Australia Day 2018 Honours List".
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Tour Down Under boss Mike Turtur on world stage
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "TDU: We Salute Mike Turtur As Stuart O'Grady Takes Over Race Director Role - Bicycling Australia". www.bicyclingaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 13 December 2020.