Bob Addy OLY
Bob Addy OLY won the 1963 British National Road Championship, represented England at the 1962 Commonwealth Games and later, Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the 1964 Olympics.
He went on to represent Great Britain in well over 100 races including many of most prestigious events in the cycling calendar, including the 55th Tour de France.
‘Retiring’ to Australia after his competitive days were thought to be behind him, he went on to become a National Veteran series Time Trial, Criterium and Road Race Champion.
Always vehemently against the doping that was known to be widespread in the sport he instead established training regimes that were so hard and tough he was known throughout the sport as, ‘The Driller‘.
Where do I begin?
My fondest memories of working with Bob were my formative years as a junior cyclist. He managed the team I was part of in the Junior Tour of Wales. I was a first-year junior, but Bob’s drive and ambition didn’t have room for learning, we went there to win, and we did! It seemed so simple at the time as Bob did all the thinking for us.
As a rider he was fiercely competitive - and hearing from the people that have met him on the other side of the world - he still is! When he took the lead as a manger the competitiveness did not wane. To keep ahead of the rest Bob converted the training time as a rider to learning time as a manager, always seeking out – with insatiable appetite – the latest and most efficient methods of extracting performance. So much so, as I write this, I realise more and more how far ahead of his time Bob was.
Many of the ways of thinking he taught me at the Junior Tour of Wales I still use today as Performance Director of a World Tour Team.
Extract from the foreword by Roger Hammond