Club Legends – Dave Perry

Club Legends – Dave Perry

Dave Perry started cycling at 1971 when he joined the Hunter District Cycling Club.

He won his first country track title in Glen Innes and first country road title in Dubbo in 1975.

He represented NSW in 1976 at the Australian u19 road championships running 4th in the 80km road race.

He turned senior and started working as apprentice boiler maker and gave cycling away.

It wasn’t until he found his passion for cycling and took the sport up again that he purchased a pair of Duigi wooden soled cycling shoes from Mick Chapman at his store at Cardiff around 1980.

He won the country road championships at Nabiac in 1984  – his first big comeback win.

By 1986 at the age of 26 he decided to try his luck at the big time racing in Holland where he got the bug for the European racing scene. He stayed racing in Europe on and off for the best part of a decade, making the podium in some of the biggest races in Holland and Belgium. He placed second in one of the biggest one day road races in Holland –  the 190km Drie Landen Omloop, earning a spot on the Australian road team for the 1990 world championships in Japan.

Dave represented Australia on numerous occasions. He raced the the Tour Of Britton, tours in Germany, Holland and Austria with top 10 results in stages. He also raced for Australia in the Oceania games, running 4th.
He finished 4th overall in the Commonwealth Bank Race in 1992 running 3rd in the grulling Bumble Hill stage.

Dave made the podium in three Australian elite road race championsships 2nd in 1989 second in 1990 and 3rd in 1992.

He finished 3rd behind his brother in the Grafton to Inverell in 1990 and won the NSW road title in 1993. That year he also won the NSW road rider of the year.

Heading to Word Chamionships Tour Of Britain 1990
Commonwealth Bank Classic