Australia’s first ever Tour de France yellow jersey winner, Phil Anderson, has signed up to ride 120km in Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride on Sunday.
The legendary cyclist’s racing career spanned 16 years and included two Commonwealth Games gold medals, 85 professional wins, 11 yellow jerseys and five top-ten placings from 13 Tour starts.
One of the most aggressive riders in the bunch, Anderson was one of just a handful of Australians racing in Europe in the 1980s. He is widely credited with paving the way for today’s successful fellow countrymen.
Anderson was surprised by all the attention he received as a result of winning the yellow jersey.
“I didn’t sleep too well because of the jersey. It was a dream, a dream come true. I never thought I would be riding in Europe let alone the Tour de France.”
Phil Anderson will ride as part of the Reis & James Travel Associates Team on Sunday. He is a Patron of the Amy Gillett Foundation, co-organisers of the event, along with Pedal Power.
In June 2016 Phil Anderson, in conjunction with Reis & James Travel Associates, will lead a once-in-a-lifetime cycling trip. The 15 day European River Cruise will include seven rides personally mapped by Anderson.