About Phil Anderson cycling


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Phil Anderson OAM is one of our cycling heroes. He won gold in the 1978 Commonwealth Games, turned pro, and joined the intensely competitive professional European road circuit with a career spanning 16 years and culminating with another Commonwealth gold in 1994, the year of his retirement.

Anderson is well known for being the first Australian (and first non-European) to wear the prestigious yellow jersey in the Tour de France. His daring challenge of the French favourite, Bernard Hinault, and his exploits on the road, are stories full of pain, fierce determination and excitement. Ultimately Phil Anderson wore the yellow jersey 11 times and rose to number one in the world.

Since his retirement in 1994, Phil Anderson has worked as a consultant to the cycling fraternity in addition to sports promotion and development. He has continued his love of cycling. Riding a couple of times a week there is regular involvement in some local mountain bike events and while his home training ground is the Scenic Great Ocean Road the exploration of the wider Otway Region on his gravel bike is ongoing.

Tours

In 1997 Phil Anderson established his touring business and in 1998 he took his first group to the Tour de France. With a proud history as a professional cyclist, Phil Anderson’s trademark work ethic and passion for the sport are an essential part of his cycling tour experience. His philosophy is to design a cycling holiday experience of a lifetime that will bring you back for more year after year.

Europe is Phil’s backyard. There are few grand tours, Classics, or professional races he has not been involved in, raced, and quite likely won; a palmarés that brings to his experiences a talent that many operators seek to emulate. Phil Anderson Cycling now offers exclusive tours to the Tour de France and beyond. Phil and his team can design unique travel packages and customised experiences to all cycling fans from the smallest group to a coach sized group.

Tour de France Guest Testimonials & more

“The trip was awesome – very special indeed. Unfortunately I had bronchitis and a chest infection for the duration, which added to the challenge of the riding, but made the adventure no less memorable. The countryside is breathtaking; being close enough to touch the riders, exhilarating – especially Alpes d’Huez for stage 20; and the food was excellent. Phil and Rudy are great company and do a wonderful job. I’ll certainly be back – for the Giro or Vuelta. Thanks for all your help in the lead up.”

— Alpes Assault guest 1 August 2015

“The trip was awesome – very special indeed. Unfortunately I had bronchitis and a chest infection for the duration, which added to the challenge of the riding, but made the adventure no less memorable. The countryside is breathtaking; being close enough to touch the riders, exhilarating – especially Alpes d’Huez for stage 20; and the food was excellent. Phil and Rudy are great company and do a wonderful job. I’ll certainly be back – for the Giro or Vuelta. Thanks for all your help in the lead up.”

— Alpes Assault guest 1 August 2015

Official

Phil Anderson Cycling does not offer official packages to the Tour de France or any cycling event. We believe that overall “official status” is detrimental to the tour experience. Particularly the logistics of the Tour de France are gargantuan and the additional expense of an official operators license does not guarantee you a better tour experience. Additionally, the huge costs of this license must be passed on to you, the guest. We believe we offer better value for money and a better experience without the cumbersome difficulties official treatments would add to your cycle travel program.

Experiences

Semi retired since 1994 Phil has assisted and designed charity rides and bespoke tours to anywhere in the world.

Covid19 has challenged us all and Phil is now working from home designing rides and stays in the Otway’s.


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