Sport | Cycling, Motivational, Business
Michael Turtur has competed at two Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games, and from these has won a total of five medals.† At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Michael secured a gold medal in the Menís 4000m Team Pursuit, after which he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his achievements.
At the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, 1982 Michael won 2 gold medals in the Menís 4000m Teams and Individual Pursuits and a bronze medal in the 10 Mile Scratch Race.† At Edinburgh in 1986, Michael was the flag bearer for Australia and then proceeded to win a gold medal in the Menís 4000m Team Pursuit.
Following his own cycling career Michael went on to share his knowledge and experience by becoming the South Australian Institute of Sport Cycling Coach for 5 years before becoming the manager and promoter of the Adelaide Super-Drome in 1993.
In 1998 Michael was appointed Race Director of the Tour Down Under, a role which he continues to date.
MAJOR CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS - Mike Turtur, Cycling
LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS: GOLD, Menís 4000m Team Pursuit
BRISBANE COMMONWEALTH GAMES: GOLD, Menís 4000m Team Pursuit; GOLD, Menís Individual Pursuit; BRONZE, 10 mile Scratch Race
EDINBURGH COMMONWEALTH GAMES:
GOLD, Menís 4000m Team Pursuit
Mike represented Australia at two Olympic Games (1980 - Moscow, 1984 - Los Angeles) and three Commonwealth Games (1978 - Edmonton, 1982 - Brisbane, 1986 - Edinburgh).
COACHING and MANAGEMENT:
1987 - 1993: Head Cycling Coach, South Australian Sports Institute
1993: Australian Team Manager, World Championships - Norway.
1994: Australian Team Manager, Commonwealth Games - Canada.
1996: Australian Team Manager, Olympic Games - Atlanta, USA.
AWARDS and HONORS:
1984: Order of Australia Medal.
1984: Key to the City of Tea Tree Gully.
Life Member of the Port Adelaide Cycling Club.
1993-1998: Manager and Promoter, Adelaide Super-Drome.
1998-current: Race Director, Tour Down Under.