Phil Anderson OAM is one of our cycling heroes. He won gold in the 1978 Commonwealth Games, turned pro and joined the intensely competitive professional European road circuit with a career spanning 16 years and culminating with another Commonwealth gold in 1994, the year of his retirement.
Anderson is well known for being the first Australian (and first non-European) to win the prestigious yellow jersey in the Tour de France. His daring challenge of the French favourite, Bernard Hinault and his exploits on the road, are stories full of pain, fierce determination and excitement. Ultimately Phil Anderson won the yellow jersey 11 times and rose to number one in the world.
Since his retirement in 1994 Phil Anderson has worked as a consultant / expert to the cycling fraternity in addition to media commitment’s, sports commentary and sports development. He currently sits on the board of the 2010 World Championship consultative committee and is the cycling patron for the Amy Gillett Foundation. Phil Anderson’s Cycling Down Under got roots back in the mid-nineties and today offers premium trips to ‘Le Tour’ where the cycling aficionado will witness this historic event and have the chance to tackle some of the event’s monumental climbs. Phil’s boutique tours are designed to capture the enthusiasm, energy and culture of the grand tour, one day classic or the camaraderie of riding weekends to experience challenging locations.
Between 2000 and 2003, Phil developed a lifestyle property which included a successful accommodation business located on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. The business and property has since been sold affording him time on developing Phil Anderson’s Cycling Down Under, and other business ventures.