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- A little known Australian cycling classic giving a first-hand account of the life of a pro cyclist in the 1950s including racing in Europe and the Tour de France
Originally published in 1960 (a year after his death) this long out of print Australian classic has been a much sought after collector's item, staring at $500 a copy.
Russell Mockridge is Australian sporting royalty with a string of Olympic and Commonwealth Games cycling medals, national titles and records, and professional road race victories in Europe, topped by his completion of the brutal 1955 edition of the Tour de France.
Recognition of Mockridge's achievements is undergoing a resurgence, culminating in his induction in the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame in 2015.
Mockridge won two gold medals in a single day at the Helsinki Olympics
Edward Russell Mockridge (1928-1958), cyclist, was born on 18 July 1928 in South Melbourne, second son of Victorian-born parents Robert Glover Mockridge, engineer, and his wife Aileen Claire, née Riley. In 1931 the family moved from Laverton to Geelong. Russell attended Geelong College and gained his Leaving certificate before joining the Geelong Advertiser as a cadet journalist. Seeking 'a little healthy exercise', he entered his first bicycle race with the Geelong amateur club in 1946: though unprepared and pedalling an old roadster, he won the event. He then progressed rapidly.
A close third in the Melbourne to Castlemaine handicap on 9 August 1947 earned him selection for the Victorian team in the Australian road championships. He won the 125-mile (201 km) road title on 30 August at Centennial Park, Sydney.