About Wayne Hildred
Born in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1955, Wayne crossed the Tasman in 1978, and soon made his mark in road and track cycling in Victoria. After breaking the record held for 19 yrs by his hero Russell Mockridge for the fastest time in the Melbourne to Warrnambool, he headed to Europe and signed with Boule d'Or in Belgium, working for sprint king Freddy Maertens. Wayne had many wins back in the eighties including two Australian Professional Road Championships. Cycling Tips published Wayne's account of his ride in Bordeaux-Paris in 1982.
In 2005, after eating way too much for Christmas dinner, he set some goals, lost 12kg in just five weeks of training, and fronted up for the 2006 New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin after a 20 year break from cycling. He won two golds and a silver medal. One of those gold in the road race in a two-up sprint finish against UCI World Time Trial Champion John Alabaster and the other in the criterium around the Octagon, overcoming Ray Robinson and Kevin Thompson in the 50-59 age group. A couple of hours later he fronted up for the Cup on Wheels criterium, mixing it with some of New Zealand’s bright young stars and after a very flattering introduction by the race announcer, he managed to finish within the main bunch.
Since then, Wayne has won his age group in MTB and road racing, moved from Masters to C grade, skipped B grade, had one A grade race and been handicapped on break for the Gore-Invercargill race. After finishing New Zealand's gruelling Tour of Southland in November 2006, he took second behind Greg Henderson in a bunch sprint for the Kelvin Hastie Memorial.
These days Wayne and partner Stella are your hosts at Bright Velo. Wayne gives on the bike tips to individuals and groups. Join him for guided rides, personal or group training.
In his career as a professional cyclist 1978 – 1988, amongst other things, Wayne
Held the record for the 265km Melbourne to Warnambool race for 10 years - 5hrs36min, breaking Russell Mockridge’s 19 year record.
Still holds the record for the 300km Melbourne to Yarrawanga race
Won the Australian 200km Road Champs twice and once runner-up
Won the Melbourne to Bendigo
Won the Midland tour
Won the Footscray tour
Won the Peninsular tour
Won the Tour of Tasmania
Won the Tour of the Hunter Valley
Rode nine Sun Tours 5 stage wins, tour leader and overall 4th
Won the Auckland cup
Third overall place in the Dulux tour
Third stage placing in the Tour of Germany
Finished four major European classics, Tour of Flanders, Liege-Baston-Liege, Gent Wevelgem and best placing was 16th in Amstell Gold
Fifth stage placing in the Tour of Catelonia in the Pyrenees mountains
Bordeaux-Paris 576km 20th in 13 hours - Read about it on Cycling Tips
Raced three professional world road championships
Won the Launceston Six-day with fellow Kiwi Paul Medhurst
Silver medal in the Australian KOM Championship (195km)
Twice 2nd in Australian pursuit against world champion Steel Bishop
Australian Cyclist of the Year 1986 most consistent in the top three
Wayne came out of retirement in 2006.
Some results since then:
Won his age group in the Taieri Mouth Coastal Classic MTB, Nov 2005
Won his age group in the Haggis Basher MTB, December 2005
6th in his age group in the National MTB Series XC race at Dunedin
Fourth place and fastest master at Greenfield in January 2006
Won C-grade scratch race at Henley in January 2006
Placed 5th in his age group in the Dunedin Masters Games five-stage cycling tour on 4-5 February, winning one stage
Gold medal 2006 Dunedin Masters Games - Men’s road race in a two-up sprint finish with John Alabaster on 8 Feb
Gold medal 2006 Dunedin Masters Games - Men’s criterium on 12 Feb
Silver medal 2006 Dunedin Masters Games - Enduro MTB on 6 Feb
Finished New Zealand Professional Tour of Southland in Nov 2006
Second to Greg Henderson in Kelvin Hastie Memorial November 2006
Won his age group and finished 10th overall in MTB Gutbuster in 2006
2nd in age group Mitta to Mt Beauty MTB 2012
Won age group Ascent of Hotham in Tour of Bright 2012
2nd in age group KOM in Tour of Bright 2013
4th in age group ITT in Tour of Bright 2013
Wayne is still ranked number 14 in the New Zealand 1869-2014 top cyclists of all time