Inside Australia’s Federal Parliament, our elected members decide how to spend an annual budget that now exceeds half a trillion dollars.
They also enact laws and make policy decisions that affect every aspect of our lives, including how we move around.
There’s only one professional lobbyist inside these corridors of power whose role is to advocate for cycling.
But fortunately, what the cycling community lacks in quantity, it makes up for with quality, as that sole lobbyist is Stephen Hodge.
As you’ll see in more detail in this interview, Stephen’s involvement in cycling began as one of Australia’s top professional road cyclists, finishing 14 Grand Tours including 6 Tours de France, plus riding for Australia at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and 10 World Championships.
Returning to live in Australia after 13 years as a European-based professional cyclist, Stephen gradually became more interested and involved in cycling advocacy.
Although his ‘second cycling career’ may not be quite so glamorous and high profile as the first, it’s possibly even more stellar and important.
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About Stephen Hodge
Stephen Hodge is an Australian former cyclist. He was a professional between 1987 and 1996. Hodge rode 14 Grand Tours in his career managing to finish every one he started.
After retirement, he became Vice President of Cycling Australia. Hodge was a Founding Member and a Board member of the Amy Gillett Foundation. Hodge is now a cycling ambassador and works for We Ride Australia, a campaign to increase cycling and reduce carbon output.