Australian cycling great Mathew Hayman will be the guest of honour at the Legends’ Night Dinner on 19 January.
The dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre will pay homage to his decorated cycling career, which spans two decades and includes a Paris-Roubaix win and a Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Guests can expect to hear Hayman tell his story of life in the peloton from his early days with the Rabobank team through to today with Australia’s Mitchelton-SCOTT.
Hayman, who announced his retirement earlier this year, will be participating in the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under as his farewell race.
“The Santos Tour Down Under is the perfect start to the cycling season and the perfect race at which for me to leave the party, as it is always a privilege to race in front of our Australian fans on home soil – not something we have the opportunity to do too often,” says Hayman.
“I am looking forward to racing with my Mitchelton-SCOTT team mates one last time in January at TDU and hope to see the fans cheering me on roadside.”
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, is urging cycling enthusiasts to send off this Aussie cycling champion in style.
“Mathew Hayman is an accomplished athlete, Paris-Roubaix winner, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and all-round gentleman of the peloton,” says Minister Ridgway.
“We’re urging fans to come out in full force to cheer him on in January.
“A career of this magnitude needs to be celebrated and the Santos Tour Down Under looks forward to honouring this great Australian at the Legends’ Night Dinner.”
Santos Tour Down Under Race Director, Mike Turtur, says Hayman’s career deserves to be celebrated.
“He has been a great supporter of our race since the inaugural event, and for us to host him as his last professional race is a real honour,” says Turtur.
“We look forward to celebrating his career here in Adelaide.”
Tickets to the 2019 Legends’ Night Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre can be purchased here.