Robert Spears (cyclist)

Robert "Bob" Spears (8 August 1893 – 5 July 1950) was an Australian cyclist who was active on the track between 1913 and 1928. He was born in Dubbo, New South Wales and won his first race in the city at the age of fourteen.[1] He won one gold and two silver medals in the sprint at the world championships of 1920–1922. He won six-day races in Melbourne (1913), Newark Velodrome (1915) and Chicago (1916), as well as Grand Prix of Paris (1920, 1921, 1922) and Grand Prix of Copenhagen (1922, 1925).[2]

Robert Spears
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Robert Spears in 1913
Personal information
Born8 August 1893
Dubbo, Australia
Died5 July 1950 (aged 56)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Medal record
Representing  Australia
Track World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1920 Antwerp Sprint
Silver medal – second place 1921 Copenhagen Sprint
Silver medal – second place 1922 Paris Sprint

In 1985, he was inducted to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. ^ Sharp, M P. "Robert Adam Spears (1893–1950)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 18 February 2020 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  2. ^ "Bob Spears". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Robert Spears". at Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 26 September 2020.