Olympic cyclist Dick Paris dies aged 75

Legend: St George Cycling Club great Dick Paris (second from left) in action. Picture: Supplied
Legend: St George Cycling Club great Dick Paris (second from left) in action. Picture: Supplied

Commonwealth Games gold medallist and St George Cycling Club great Dick Paris has died.

Richard Paris, best known as Dick, died last week aged 75 following a long battle with cancer.

His funeral will be held on Thursday, October 12 at South Chapel, Woronora Cemetery at 1pm.

His crowning glory came at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch where he won the time trial track event. He also raced at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and 1970 Commonwealth Games.

Paris joined the St George club in 1963 from the Botany Amateur Cycling Club. The following year, he won a national title in the 1km men’s time trial event as a road cyclist. It was his only national title as a road cyclist but he picked up multiple podium finishes on the national stage.

St George Cycling Club president Phill Bates said he was an absolute legend of the club.

“He was an inspiration for some of the guys that went on and won Olympic and world titles,” he said. “He was an out-and-out champion of the club.”

He said Paris would rarely miss club meetings, presentation nights, or club tours and his efforts in restoring his beloved Hurstville Oval was “quite legendary”.

He said the Olympic flag would be draped over his coffin during the funeral.