Barry Waddell was born 1st January 1937 in Carlisle, Western Australia and is one of Australia’s best-known cyclists of the 1960s.
By 1954, Waddell at the age of 17 was successfully winning events, taking victory at the Midland Grand Prix in a thrilling final with Dudley Kelly.
In the first heat Waddell met Peter Panton, the Champion of Champions, and Bill Gilbride and in the semi-final beat State Sprint Champion Joe Mincuillo.
The final of the race, a 500 metre sprint, saw Waddell and Kelly both on the line but in a race that had the crowd yelling with excitement Waddell led all the way and flashed over the line half a wheel ahead in the good time of 13 seconds. The Junior Half Mile was also won by Waddell.
Waddell was marked as a cyclist with a bright future said the Manager of the state team (Mr. Les Cugley).
In the same year competing in Queensland (QLD) Waddell continued his winning streak by taking the Australian title of Junior track Champion, his time of 48min, 7 secs reduced the course record by 5 secs which was a great performance in view of the head wind conditions on the day, Waddell also took out the 5-mile Junior Professional cycling Championship previously raced at the Bundaberg showgrounds.
In 1960 Waddell married and remained in Victoria, during this time Waddell and champion cyclist Sid Patterson were at the top of their game and were outclassing their rivals to win sprint heats and titles and from the mid 1960’s Waddell started an assault on cycling that would dominant and would long be remembered.
Waddell won the Sun Tour five years running from 1964-68 and took fastest-time honours three times in the Melbourne-to-Warrnambool.
Waddell also had a bike Shop in Burwood, (N.S.W) and after 74 years of age, walked out having been affiliated of more than 50 years, first as an employee, then as the owner.
An impressive list of wins throughout his career including winning the Sir Hubert Opperman trophy (the Oppy Medal) twice, breaking Hubert Opperman’s record for the trip from Adelaide to Melbourne (22 hours) and winning the world veterans’ title in Austria in 1975.