I was fortunate to share a frothy with Anthony and chat about his love of all things cycling. Here is a summary of what went down.
I vowed I would never wear lycra, shave my legs or drink coffee with a group of lycra clad men – HAAA! I had always enjoyed sports but between kids, work and life in general I found I had blown out to 106 kg and needed to get motivated again. I found my Ricardo Elite that I hadn’t ridden since I was 16 at mum and dads garage and decided to start riding.
I slowly went from the strap in shoes to click ins, Board shorts to bibs and well we all know the progression. I did this solo for about 6 months, the weight started shedding and really started to enjoy it. My wife surprised me with a bike for my 40th and haven’t looked back since.
- What are you currently riding?
I ride 2 bikes, an S-Works Venge with 404’s and Sram red/black and my second bike is a Colnago C59 with Di2. I have a 3rd Avanti mountain bike
- What bike do you covet?
I have a few, Cipollini RB1000, and the new TREK Madone (team edition)
- How do you store your bikes?
In the garage – wall mounted brackets in the garage.
- What cycling specific tools do you use?
I basically use all the standard gear, grease, lubes, pump, spanner, but basically use a Torque set and the bow to the cycling bible.
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I generally clean , lube, check tension on bolts, cables etc, however servicing is carried out by the boys at Bicycle Express
- What is your pet hate about cycling?
Waxing my legs – I’m a hairy Italian, and go through some serious pain.
- What do you love about cycling?
Its kinda like golf – 5 hours on the course (freedom) and the one great par/ shot (climb / sprint) brings you back. When you have pushed yourself to the limit, the legs are like jelly from the suffering up the hills, and strangely enough, you can’t wait to do it again.
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Peter Sagan. An all-rounder, punches above his weight in the climbs, can sprint, and is an absolute legend with the women.
- What is your craziest/fondest cycling memory?
My fondest is the first time I went out with my Mates for a Sunday ‘cruise’ (Chris, Jamie, Josh, and Dabba’s). I had just started riding as my wife bought me a bike for my 40th. Jamie a friend from school (kids) kindly invited me to ride with them on a Sunday.
I assumed it would be a leisurely ride up to Mt lofty, chit chat about our kids, teachers, life in general. As we approached the bike path I noticed that it became quiet and then they were all off, leaving me for dead. It basically became a race far from social. To put it perspective, Chris is an ex SASI rider, with the other three not far behind, and here I am an overweight, hairy legged MAMIL with my lungs and legs on fire. As they disappeared up the freeway.
I will always remember that ‘nice’ social introduction to riding. Not much has changed since, 4 years on.
(Don’t sell yourself short Anthony, you’ve come a long way in a relatively short space of time)
- What is your favourite post ride coffee spot
I have a few coffee spots. Week day mornings are at CIBO Hyde Park, and weekends either CIBO Glenelg, or Red Berry where Walter makes a find blend!
- If you were to buy a post ride reward, what would it be?
We usually buy Zeppolies, however a ‘reward’ would simply be a Beer and Yiros
- Do you have a nickname on the bike?
Not that I know of? Something that’s slow up a hill?
- Finish this sentence – When I’m on my bike I forget about work!
- If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A group of us are off to Provence next year climbing Mont Ventoux. I’m no climber but always enjoy the challenge. Probably after that would be Stelvio and then the Dolomites.
- What is your favourite training route?
Friday mornings we have the Power – On Bower Road ride. It’s from King William road out to Glenelg, military road to Bower road roundabout and back (about 55k’s). We usually site on 40-44 the whole way, so a great hit out.
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
I once saw a T-shirt that said – My biggest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell my bicycles for what I told her they cost. Now she is an avid rider and does tri’s so she is well aware of my early deception
Outright Lie – It was 40 deg and Crits at Vic park was cancelled. We ended up at the Arab steed and drank beer for most of the night then came home and told her I was ‘tired’ from a hard nights racing!!
- What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?
- Is there a local cycling outfit/company/person that you would like to plug?
Sam and Ben from Bicycle Express. They have just renovated the store and its second to none. Always great service.
Thanks Anthony, always a pleasure.