As riders took to the start line of Bicycling Australia’s 2022 Mudgee Classic, one very fit looking older participant shared a laugh with event MC Lee Turner. Later in the day we caught up with the rider, 80yo Ross Salmon from Queensland’s Gold Coast, and enjoyed listening to some of his fascinating memories from a lifetime of riding.
Training for next year’s World Duathlon Titles, Ross said his latest goal was to get a place on the Australian Team.
“It will be wonderful to be able to represent Australia in Spain in August next year—if I qualify,” he said. Ross then told us he was fortunate to meet Sir Hubert Opperman in the 1950s. 80yo Ross Salmon from Queensland’s Gold Coast after riding the 2022 Mudgee Classic. “He introduced me to Malvern Star and cycling,” he said. “From that age on I won a couple of titles—schoolboy racing in 1958—and with his guidance I continued my cycling, along with triathlon and duathlon, and here I am today,” he continued.
“At the young age of 80 let’s hope I’ve got a few more years ahead of me and a few more highlights,” he added with a laugh.
A few days after the Mudgee Classic Ross emailed through the following note and included the original letter he received from the late great ‘Oppy’.
Sir Hubert Opperman – four time national champion, multiple Tour de France participant, 24-hour record holder and Paris-Brest-Paris winner – turned to politics after cycling. There he served as a Federal MP for […]