Did you Know

The Toowoomba Cycling Club is proud to count a considerable number of state, national and international representative riders amongst it's membership, Past and present high-profile riders include:

  • Nathan O'Neil
  • Jared Graves
  • Darren Rolfe
  • Matt Cole
  • David Kemp
  • Hayden Brooks

If there are other riders you believe deserve a place in the Toowoomba Cycling Club's Hall of Fame send details of their cycling exploits to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matt Cole

Matthew Grant Cole was born in Toowoomba on 15th June 1972. 
He attended East State Primary School and Toowoomba State High School before going on to tertiary study at the University of Queensland.

Matt began his cycling career while at high school and, under the very capable guidance of John Osborne, he represented Queensland in both track and road teams for a number of years and won medals at both State and National levels.  Matt relinquished competitive riding in order to concentrate on his studies and then lived for two years in London.  Upon his return to Australia Matt spent as much time as possible on his bike.  Tragically, Matt lost his life in an accident whilst riding in Melbourne on 22nd January 2005.

Nathan O'Neill has credited Matthew with being an inspiration during his early years of cycling when the two trained together as members of the Toowoomba Cycling Club.

Nathan O'Neil: 8 x Australian Time Tral Champion

What a year it's been for Toowoomba Cycling Club's own pro-cyclist and eight times Australian Time Trial Champion, Nathan O'Neill!  A year of highs and lows!

We saw Nathan back in Toowoomba in January this year when he returned home to Australia from his base in the US to defend his National Time Trial title.  It's history now, of course, but the high of winning his eighth National title - breaking the course record and beating his nearest rival by more than a minute on the way - was quickly followed by not just one, but two, really low points.

After the Nationals and just days before he was scheduled to return to the States at the end of January, Nathan was hit by a car on one of the infamous Toowoomba roundabouts.  What was thought, at first, to be nothing more than a few abrasions and bruising turned out, in fact, to be a fractured pelvis which was not diagnosed until weeks later and which put paid to his Tour of California aspirations.

Less than two months later and Nathan was involved in another accident; this time even more serious.  A car Nathan was travelling in was involved in a collision with another vehicle and left the road, rolling over several times.  Although he was lucky to escape with relatively minor injuries (if you consider 60 stitches to be minor), he was unable to ride the Redlands Classic and undoubtedly the accident had a significant impact on his preparation for the Tour de Georgia in April.

By May, however, it seemed that Nathan had put the bad luck and the lows behind him and since then he's had a fantastic season.  He had an emphatic win in the Tour of Gila Time Trial, set a new course record and took the overall title!  He followed that up with domination in the Mout Hood Time Trial and took overall victory in that race for the second successive year.  Later in June he also won the Nature Valley Grand Prix Time Trial and in July he won the opening time trial stage of the Tour de Toona, putting himself in the leader's jersey and his Health Net-Maxxis team in control.  A week later the team took the final overall race win with another Aussie, Karl Menzies.

Nathan continued his blistering form into August when just on two weeks ago he won the time trial stage and the overall title in the Tour of Elk Grove.  Job well done!  Fantastic!
Nathan - we salute you!

Here's a link to Nathan's website so you can keep up to date with what's next on his agenda! http://www.nathanoneill.com/index.html

Darren Rolfe

Like me, you probably know ‘Darren-the-mechanic’ - the friendly face in the iRide workshop.

You may also suspect that he’s a pretty decent rider because, even when you’ve not seen him out on the bike much for a while, one day he just rolls up and pedals along ‘oh-so-smoothly’ - never getting puffed - even when he’s at the back of the bunch giving someone a helping hand up a hill!  You only suspect his palmares though, because he certainly isn’t one to brag about his achievements.
 
When asked for some information about his cycling career to include in the TCC Hall of Fame, Darren (Mr Modest) Rolfe simply gave me a list of placings on the back of a used envelope!  So, although I don’t have a lot to go on, it's the basis for some very interesting reading.
 
Darren began proper cycling in 1998 – before that he’d been competing in triathlons for five years.  Almost immediately he was recognised as a major talent by the AIS and raced with them in Italy for two seasons - 1999 and 2000.  During his first year in Italy he placed first in an individual uphill time trial and first in a road race.  (If you want more details in relation to gradients, distance, etc. you’ll have to ask the man himself.)  At home, as a Junior Under 19 rider, he won both the NSW State individual time trial and road racing championships as well as the Australian National individual time trial championship.  He also placed second in the Australian National road race - plus, he won all the National Series races - three in total.  In addition, Darren competed on the world stage – taking 9th in the World individual time trial championship and scoring second place in a stage of the Tour of Austria.
 
But wait, there’s more ….
 
By the start of the year 2000, Darren was in the Under 23 category.  He won the Australian individual time trial championship for his age group AS WELL AS the open men’s event!  He also placed first in the Coota classic – the biggest handicap race in NSW - and took the prize for ‘Fastest Time’.  On the track, Darren placed third in the Australian open men’s Points Race.
 
In 2001 Darren raced in the only international event hosted in Australia – none other than the now famous Tour Down Under - and then ......................... in his words (not mine) he “hung it up”!!
 
Darren – you’re a legend – we salute you.