Founded by former Australian professional cyclist Mark Renshaw, the Pedal Project is our vision for cycling in the Bathurst region. The dream is to get more people riding bikes in the central west, sharing the positive health benefits of cycling and growing the sport we love.
Renshaw’s Pedal Project is a home for bike riders of all skill levels and disciplines. We host lessons, shop rides and live in-store events to inspire the local community to get out riding, so they can enjoy everything cycling has to offer.
From teaching kids and adults how to ride, to running advanced skill sessions, we’re excited to be passing on the knowledge of our experienced team. We also host live Q&As with professional athletes, sharing invaluable insights into what it takes to compete at the top level.
Come and join The Pedal Project. Visit us on Durham Street to meet our friendly staff and find out more, and to view our great range of bikes, apparel and equipment.
Mark Renshaw fell in love with cycling as an 11-year-old, riding a BMX around the bitumen flat-track at the Bathurst Sportsground. Seeing how much he enjoyed racing against the other kids, Mark’s parents organised for the Bathurst Cycling Club to loan him his first ever track bike. The only one in his size was pink, which was hardly the coolest look for a young boy, but Mark didn’t care at all.
Learning to race on that pink bike, Mark never dreamed that he would go on to achieve so much. His early success was on the track, in the team pursuit, breaking the world record and winning gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. He also won gold medals at the 2002 and 2004 World Championships, before transitioning into road racing full-time.
He made his Tour de France debut in 2008, before joining Columbia High-Road in 2009 to support sprinter Mark Cavendish. The two would forge a dominant partnership over many years. Their one-two finish on the Champs-Elysees in 2009 is a special memory for both riders, and an iconic moment in modern cycling history.
Mark’s overall victory at the Tour of Qatar in 2011 is his proudest individual achievement on the road, along with stage wins at the Tour Down Under (2007 and 2008), Tour of Denmark (2010), Tour of Turkey (2012), Eneco Tour (2013) and Tour of Britain (2011 & 2014).
After 16 years on the UCI World Tour and 10 Tour de Frances, Mark retired from professional cycling in 2019. His final race was at the Tour of Britain for Dimension Data, finishing alongside good friends Mark Cavendish and Bernie Eisel.
Mark will be remembered as perhaps cycling’s greatest ever lead-out man, but there is still plenty he wants to achieve in the sport. He has moved back home to Bathurst to start up Renshaw’s Pedal Project with his wife Kristina, as they hope to inspire the next generation of cyclists in the region.