Jack Bobridge

London Countdown

Jack Bobridge: Cyclist
Age 22
Hometown Girona, Spain
Birthplace Adelaide, South Australia
"There's something about the speed factor for us cyclists."
jack bobridge

Athlete Q&A

How did you feel after you set a new world record racing the 4k individual pursuit in February last year?
Stunned. We were always told it was an unbreakable world record so there was a sense of satisfaction of what you can achieve when you set your mind toward something.

What goes through your mind as you chase down first place during an event?
On the track in team pursuit events you’re constantly concentrating on your own technique as well as your teammates' techniques. We’re all constantly working to ensure we’re working together at our optimum levels.

What athletes have inspired you over the years?
I was always in awe of Lance Armstrong’s achievements at the Tour de France year in, year out. All Aussie cyclists I have grown up watching have inspired me to achieve on the world stage and shown me we can compete successfully at that level.

Will you approach the London 2012 Olympics differently to your other races?
It’s different because they only come around every four years and you’re representing Australia. With that comes additional pressure and expectation - but it’s a pressure I enjoy.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Mike Turtur, former Australian cycling Olympic gold medallist reinforced to me that you should always be yourself and be true to who you are.

Cycling requires you to travel all over the world, where has been your favourite place you’ve raced and why?
For both physical and emotional reasons it would have to be Mendrisio, Switzerland. It’s a beautiful part of the world with spectacular mountains and it’s where I won the UCI World Championships under 23 Time Trial Gold Medal.

When you’re not racing, what excites you most about an Olympic Games?
Probably just soaking up the Olympic experience inside and outside of the village and watching all the different cultures of athletes and spectators come together.

You moved from Adelaide to Girona, Spain. What do you love most about the city?
It reminds me of Australia in that it’s got a very chilled and relaxed way of life.

Where do you like to hang out when you’re back in Girona?
I could say any one of the iconic Spanish hot spots - but in reality, it's in one of my friends' backyards having a BBQ.

Apart from cycling, what sport do you most love watching?
Motorsport. There’s something about the speed factor for us cyclists.

About Jack

Jack Bobridge has a strong history of cycling in his blood. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Jack continues to prove his worth to the cycling world. After his Olympic debut, Jack won the U23 National Road Race and Time Trial Champion titles, in 2009. At the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, Jack won two gold medals for the 4000m Individual and Team Pursuits. In 2011, Jack, in world record time, won the 4000m Individual Pursuit at the Australian National Track Championships.

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Career Highlights

  • 1st Team Pursuit, World - 2008
  • 1st U-23 World Time Trial, National Road Race and Time Trial Champion
  • 1st Ind and Team Pursuit, Oceania Championships
  • 1st U-23 Round um den Henninger
  • 1st Men's Team and 3rd Individual Pursuit, World Track – Championships
  • 1st Men's individual pursuit, Comm Games - 2010
  • 1st Aus National Road Race Championships – 2011
  • 2nd place on stage 6 at the 2011 Tour De France
  • 2011 stage victories include Tour Down Under, Tour of Oman, Paris – Nice, Tour of California

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