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 Susan 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.