Dean Woods
Personal information
Full nameDean Anthony Woods
Born (1966-06-22) 22 June 1966 (age 55)
Wangaratta, Australia
Height184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typePursuit
Professional teams
1992Southern Sun - M.N.E.T.

Dean Anthony Woods, OAM[1] (born 22 June 1966) is an Australian racing cyclist from Wangaratta in Victoria known for his track cycling at the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. On Australia Day 1985 he was awarded the Order of Australia medal for service to cycling. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[2]

At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Woods, with teammates Michael Grenda, Kevin Nichols, and Michael Turtur, won the 4000m team pursuit.[3] Critics did not give them much chance. The team was coached by Charlie Walsh and dubbed Charlie's Angels. In the final the Australians defeated the US by 3.86 seconds, even though the Australians were riding conventional bikes while the Americans had high-tech machines. Woods told The Border Mail in 2004, "Expectations weren't high for us from the press, but we thought we would do pretty well. We had a close team."

In the 4000m individual pursuit Woods was beaten for bronze by Leonard Nitz (USA).

In the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul Wayne McCarney, Stephen McGlede, Scott McGrory, Brett Dutton and Woods won the bronze medal for the team pursuit, defeated by the USSR (gold) and German Democratic Republic (silver). In the individual pursuit Woods won the silver medal.

Woods won a bronze medal in the team pursuit in the 1996 Summer Olympics. At the 1986 Commonwealth Games he won the individual pursuit event. In the 1990 Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic Woods set the record of 5h 12m or 50.9 km/h for this 265 km race.

Woods established and worked at a bicycle shop, Dean Woods Direct, at Wangaratta but has since sold it.

Major results


5th Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
8th Overall Tour de Picardie
7th Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
9th Benego Omloop
10th Overall Vuelta a Aragon
4th Overall Tour of Sweden
1st Stage 1a (ITT)
1st Stage 2 Herald Sun Tour

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1990 1991
A yellow jersey Vuelta a España 124 112
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia
A yellow jersey Tour de France
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ It's an Honour Website
  2. ^ AIS Athletes at the Olympics Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Dean Woods Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2 August 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Dean Woods". Retrieved 29 April 2021.