CLIFF Burvill, a former Olympic cyclist, died at the age of 83 following a fall on the criterium circuit at Byron Bay last week.
Burvill contested the 4000-metre team pursuit at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.
He was the youngest member of the team, was an extremely talented track and road cyclist, winning many championships and major honours.
He started at St George at age 14, collecting many state title placings before winning the Australian team pursuit title in 1956 at just 18 years of age.
In 1958, Burvill recorded the fastest time in the Goulburn to Liverpool Cycle Classic, starting from scratch.
He won many open events before moving away from Sydney.
Burvill settled on the Far North Coast with his wife Jan, raising a family but never losing interest in sport and his club.
Burvill became a member of Byron Bay Surf Club as a paddler, and in 1988 won two silver medals in the Australian Marathon Canoe Championships.
Graham Seers, CEO of Cycling NSW and close friend of Burvill said, "We have lost a great man; a champion in every way and a very special mate."