Newcastle’s Oenone Wood will be one of six inductees into the Cycling Australian Hall of Fame next month.
The 36-year-old, who won the individual time-trial at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and finished second in the road race, was born in Newcastle and has lived in the region at different times.
She was a bronze medallist in the 2005 world championship and was fourth in the road race at the 2004 Athens Olympics, where she played an integral role in securing Sara Carrigan’s gold for Australia. Wood was also sixth in the time trial.
She was also the world cup road series champion in 2004 and 2005 and competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
CA announced on Wednesday that Wood, dual Olympic gold medallist Ryan Bayley, mountain bike trailblazer Mary Daubert (nee Grigson), six-time Paralympic champion Chris Scott and Australian cycling pioneers Alf Goullet and Iris Dixon (nee Bent) would be officially inducted at their awards night on Friday, November 18 at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne.
Wood, who now lives in Spain, was widely regarded as one of the best female road racers in the world in the mid-2000s and was a multiple national champion across criterium and road racing.
“I am very humbled to be included in the CA Hall of Fame,” Wood said in a CA media release.
“I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in cycling at the elite level and my involvement in the cycling community has certainly shaped my life.”