To start of this year, we take a ride with Steve from Perth
Steve is a 51yo father of three, an engineer leading the building engineering team for Aurecon in WA. Steve was born and grew up in WA, though left for over 18 years, spending time in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and London.
I first met Steve when we both worked for the same company in Adelaide, and have had the pleasure of beating him at golf many times.
- Tell us a little about how you got into cycling?
I started doing a bit of recreational cycling with some friends when I returned to Australia in 2005, to try and improve fitness. From about 2007 I started to focus more on triathlon and progressively longer distances. So far I have done 5 half Ironman events and one full Ironman, in late 2013. My last race was just over a month ago, my next is in May. I have started to spend more time on my road bike and riding in bunches in the past 18 months or so. This has mainly been associated with training for the Ride for Youth, a significant charity ride here in WA. Last year the 138 riders raised over $2.4m for Youth Focus a youth mental health organisation.
- How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
I own three bikes. A Trek Madone 5.2 road bike, a Trek Equinox 9.5TTX time trial bike and my rain bike. The rain bike has an old Giant frame, but the rest of it has been rebuilt with new 105 groupset and cast off wheels from my other bikes. Fulcrum, Zipp, Bontrager and HED wheels get swapped around depending on what I happen to be doing
I probably spend most time on the Madone now, because I am riding in bunches a bit more. Triathlon training is on the Equinox, but I only do two eight week slots of focussed effort on that each year now.
- What bike do you covet?
A Trek Emonda SLR 6, if I’m faintly sensible, or else a Madone 9.9 if I am being a total fantasist. I like the look of the Lapierre Aircode, but haven’t ridden one.
- How do you store your bikes?
On Steady-Racks in the garage, or padded hooks.
- What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
Cassette wrench, chain pin tool, pumps of course and my own hand-made bike stand
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
I do most of my own maintenance, but get major service done by a mechanic, or major part installation, because he does a better job faster than me.
- What do you love about cycling?
Being outside, making an effort. I love racing (in my case triathlons, though will start doing time trials when my Achilles tendons finally stop me running). I enjoy the banter in the bunch and the teamwork when the stronger riders look after those that are struggling
- What annoys most about cycling?
Aggressive riders who behave badly in traffic – they give us all a bad name. I also hate the way the media beats up the car vs bike thing
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Fabian Cancellara. Not only is he an absolute machine, he seems to have a bit of style and personality too
Luke Durbridge is my favourite Aussie – I rode with him once – very laid back guy
- What is your craziest/fondest cycling memory?
Craziest, in terms of recklessness was recent Welshpool road descent at 85km/hr.. But fondest memories – there are so many. Probably the standout was the Ride for Youth in March 2015. Apart from the fundraising aspect, it’s a very new riding experience. It’s not a race, the job of the strong riders is to help keep the bunch together, offer a wheel to someone if they are struggling. Egos are left behind. It’s quite a challenge keeping a 120m long train together in rolling hills, the guys on the front have to imagine how the train is stretching and compressing
Fondest racing memory on a bike was about a year ago, in a half Ironman event.
- What is your favourite post ride coffee spot, and what would you normally buy?
We tend to end up at Cimbalina’s in Nedlands because it is convenient – not that mad on the coffee. Best coffee is Hoopers in the city,
I have a double espresso. Sometimes a poached egg on toast with an avocado
- Do you have a nickname?
Not really. A bunch I rode with a few years ago referred to me as “the kelpie” because they thought I couldn’t resist chasing anything that went past
- Finish this sentence “When I’m on my bike I…… am not at the office!
- If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Alp d’Huez.. Also Italian Alps and area around Como
- If you could date any professional cyclist, who would it be?
Hmmm. Tricky. I don’t know about dating:- I’m a bit past that phase. I follow the pro triathletes more, I admire the achievements of Mirinda Carfrae, Emma Moffat and Erin Densham.
- What is your favourite training route and who with?
Up Welshpool Road to Pickering, then back through the orchards to Kalamunda
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?
Definitely overlooking telling her I’d entered Ironman for over six months. I sort of left it until the training volume became impossible to conceal.
- What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?
An Emonda SL6, but that’s definitely not going to happen. A Camelbak water bottle will have to do.
- Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
A great charity and an awesome group of people. Ride for Youth. People can donate at the link too!
Thanks Steve. I would have to say that my fondest memory of riding with you was the lead-up to one of the TdU public rides, in particular the mental games we played with you in the weeks leading up to the Checker Hill Road climb, and then riding beside you when you first saw the climb, uttered an expletive and then jumped off and walked up. Flat Road Racers – pah! (Let’s not race on flat roads – you’d embarrass me).