Brett Lancaster OAM

Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Category: Sports Hall of Fame

Sport: Cyclist

The name Brett Lancaster became known worldwide due to his feats as a cyclist at the Olympic Games, World Titles and on the grand tours of European cycling. He brought honour to Shepparton as he powered his way on his bike to win Olympic Gold and a stage of the world’s greatest cycling event the Tour de France. Brett, commenced cycling with the Shepparton Cycle Club at the age of fourteen. He soon showed that he was equally at home on the velodrome track or the open road. Brett came under notice as a junior and he moved into senior ranks ready to take on the world.

Brett made Commonwealth Games selection and won a gold medal in the team pursuit at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpa along with the Team Pursuit title at the 1998 World Cycling Titles. The Australian Olympic selectors recognised his ability and Brett became a member of the Olympic cycling team for the Sydney Olympics.

He represented Australia at 3 Olympic Games (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008). His Olympic gold medal was won in Athens when he was a member of the Australian winning team capturing the Teams Pursuit gold medal in record time.

He competed at world level and was successful in the world championship in the Team Pursuit at the 2002 (world record time), and 2003 world track championships.

However it was the televising of the Tour de France that provided the opportunity in the early hours of the morning for his many Goulburn Valley fans to witness his feats as one of Australia’s top road riders competing as a member of Australia’s first ever international professional cycling team Orica Green Edge. Brett Lancaster competed six times in the Tour de France, winning the Team Time Trial in 2013, with team mate Simon Gerrans wearing the yellow leader’s jersey. He spent many years based in Europe as a professional cyclist. As well as his Tour de France appearances, he competed nine times in the “Giro d’ Italia” winning the team time trial in 2014 and 2015.Brett wore the pink Jersey (maglia rosa) as tour leader of the “Giro”after winning the prologue in 2005.

He also won stage 2 of the Tour of California in 2010.

His performance was recognised by the Australian Government as he was presented with an Order of Australia Medal in 2005. Since his retirement from racing Brett has taken on the role of Sports director with International cycling team -Team Sky.

The Shepparton cycling club and cycling enthusiasts throughout the Goulburn Valley can be so proud of the local boy who dedicated himself to his chosen sport, took on the world and was successful. Brett Lancaster will always be regarded as a Shepparton champion on the world stage.