Today in Transportation History – 1980: An Australian Bicycling Legend is Born

Professional cyclist Sara Carrigan was born in the Australian town of Gunnedah. She began her cycling career in 1996 when she was only 15. Over the next decade or so, Carrigan established herself as a formidable cyclist in major competitions both within and beyond Australia. One of her biggest achievements took place in 2004 when she represented Australia at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens and earned a gold medal in the women’s cycling road race.

The year after her Olympic triumph, Carrigan was awarded the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia. Her other honors have included being named Australian Female Road Cyclist of the Year in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Carrigan was inducted into the Australia-based Queensland Sport Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2015, she joined the likes of internationally acclaimed endurance cyclist Sir Hubert Opperman and fellow Olympic gold medalist Kathy Watt as one of the inaugural inductees into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame.

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