Show BioHide BioJOHN CRAVEN was a highly-regarded sportswriter at the Geelong Advertiser, Launceston Examiner and Melbourne Herald before leaving full-time journalism in the early 1980s to embark up on a career as a publisher-promoter.
His company, Caribou Publications and Events, grew into Australia’s largest cycling promoters, employing up to 150 full and part-time staff, and organising the Herald Sun Tour for 16 years, the Melbourne to Warrnambool for 18 years, and creating other modern-day classics.
Craven has written three books – the biographies of Raelene Boyle and racecaller John Russell, and an acclaimed history of the 122-year-old Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic.
He is currently collaborating with the recently-retired race broadcaster Greg Miles on his biography.
TASSIE JAVELIN thrower Hamish Peacock is one of the truly colourful characters of track and field. JOHN CRAVEN tracks him from a Burnie cricket ball-throwing competition to a silver medal at the Gold Coast Games. More »
ON TRACK or road, Cameron Meyer just keeps racking up wins and titles against the world’s best. JOHN CRAVEN looks at the Aussie cyclist with nine WORLD titles to his name who added a new Commonwealth Games gold medal to his collection this week. More »
HEAD DOWN and being hunted by her pursuers, Amy Cure showed her courage and her class as she clinched a gold medal for Australia in cycling’s tough 10-kilometre scratch race. JOHN CRAVEN reports. More »
IT WAS the day of the Easter Monday Massacre. Two crafty Scots turn up at the Stawell Gift with underpants stuffed with cash and the bookmakers in their sights. JOHN CRAVEN recalls the colourful coup. More »
LIFE in “retirement” has never been so hectic for the man who called a record 36 Melbourne Cups, as JOHN CRAVEN reports: Recently-retired race broadcaster Greg Miles feels he has been on a “great odyssey” since he called his last event at Caulfield on Easter S... More »
JOHN CRAVEN proudly recalls the day he dipped into his wallet and found $50 to help a baby-faced bikerider who couldn’t afford breakfast: AS A DOWNTRODDEN cycling promoter for the past 28 years, quite often something happens that either provokes a barrage of r... More »