Cronulla, Australia and Trento, Northern Italy.
What do you do?
I’m a professional road cyclist.
What inspired you to pursue cycling?
I remember watching the 1988 summer Olympics when I was five years old and thinking that’s what I want to be – an athlete!
What’s your number one health rule?
I have a few but I would put drinking plenty of water at the top of my list. It’s an important one! Drinking water assists with weight loss as it replaces calorie packed beverages and increases energy levels – being dehydrated can often make you feel fatigued.
Do you mix up your fitness routine with other sports?
Yes, definitely! I love skiing, surfing, water-skiing, motocross, gym sessions, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, boxing, sand running and swimming.
What are your workout essentials and why?
Backballs (two tennis ball shapes stuck together) – I use backballs to release the tension in my back after training. They’re also a great tool for getting deep into the glute muscles by sitting and rolling over them.
What are some of your favourite spots in Australia to go for a leisurely ride?
My favourite ride in Australia is along the NSW South Coast. Grand Pacific Drive includes 169km of spectacular coastal views and crosses the amazing Sea Cliff Bridge that’s right near my childhood home! This ride is stunning – it’s so close to the water but it’s not flat. You have the ocean on one side of you, mountains on the other, and then there is the road in the middle. It rolls along, up and down – just metres away from both landscapes!
After your accident where you broke your pelvis in two places, three ribs and vertebrae, what kept you motivated to learn how to walk and ride again?
I was completely immobilised for fourty days and had to learn to walk again in a pool and then on dry land. Winning and competing at world level was my motivation. It never crossed my mind that I might not compete again. I’m sure it was in the back of my doctors’ mind but I was always very optimistic. I met all deadlines and exceeded the expectations of my doctors. Less than one year later, I am competing competitively again at international level.
What type of treatments did you have to aid your recovery?
While I was immobilised, the only things I could do was increase my intake of vitamins C, D and K, plus use a special Exogen Ultrasound Bone Healing Device twice a day. The ultrasound device was placed over one of the broken bone locations and was left in place for 20-30 minutes each time.
You sourced the best doctors to help you with your recovery? Who were these miracle workers?
Dr Mark Fisher – Australian Cycling Team Doctor (www.sportsmed.com.au)
Dr Correy Cunningham – Hills Sports Medicine (www.hillssportsmedicine.com.au)
Dr Justin Roe – Nth Sydney Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Centre (www.justinroe.com.au)
Glenn Colaco – Sports Physiotherapy South ((02) 9544 4900)