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On the world stage
In the decades after the bicycle arrived in Australia, cycling competitions became big business. Talented riders abandoned their amateur status to vie for cash prizes in major competitions in Australia and overseas. Cycling's popularity declined in the mid-20th century, but underwent a major resurgence from the 1980s, with government funding for high-performance programs.
Freewheeling explores the stories of riders including: Ken Ross, who competed in six-day races in Australia and Europe from 1917; Tour de France competitors Hubert Opperman and Cadel Evans; and Paralympic champions Sue Powell and Michael Milton.