Planet Ambassadors

Cameron Wright

Cameron has always shown interest on a bicycle from the young age of 3. He started riding school & fun rides from the age of 5 on a 20 inch bicycle. When he started school he was acknowledged for riding the most laps of a mini cross country course in the under 5 age group. He then started to compete in the Mongoose schools min XCO u7 age category where he took most of the podium positions. He then moved up to the u10 age group where he continued to dominate his age group and win the series overall.

By now he had started riding the 10km mountain bike fun rides at most events and at age 10 started riding the 20km races in the subjunior series, which he won overall. He missed out on his first SA XCO champs race due to breaking his collarbone the week prior but competed in the XCO Nationals where he finished 2nd overall in the u10 age group.

At this stage Cyclelab Junior Academy approached him to join the academy and be sponsored. He remained with Cyclelab from 2010 till end 2011 with winning the year end award for most titles in the Kwazulu Natal club whilst 11 years old.

Team Jeep then approached Cameron to ride for them which he accepted at the end of 2011 race season and started 2012 in Team Jeep race gear. 2012 turned out to be a fantastic year for Cameron securing four SA Championship titles in various disciplines in the u12 age category.

On immigrating to Australia end 2012, Cameron started straight into the local racing scene with his first Australia XCO National series in his first year u15 category. Cameron's progress has been overwhelming since arriving in Australia and has achieved some fantastic results.

His passion lies with mountain biking especially Cross Country format of racing, but also enjoys the other disciplines when given the opportunity.

Personal Details

Date of Birth:
24 March 2000
Place of Birth:
Hillcrest, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Education:
Grade 8
Residence:
Brisbane, Queensland.
Cycling Discipline:
XCO Mountain bike mainly but also road and track
Has also raced BMX and Downhill successfully.
Other interests:
Multisport, Soccer, swimming, running, surfing and Free-style riding

Goals

Short term for 2013
  • Win Queensland State & National XCO title in my u17 age group
  • Compete in road or track if they don't clash with XCO.
Long term
  • Represent Australia and race World Cup XCO series when I am a Junior World XCO Champ.
  • Represent Australia at the 2020 Olympics competing in XCO category.

Achievements

2009 (u10)
  • SA XCO Cup series - 2nd overall
  • Kwazulu Natal Inter Schools XCO champ
2010 (u10)
  • SA XCO Cup Series - 1st overall
  • SA Road Champs - 2nd overall
  • SA Track Champs - 1st overall
  • Kwazulu Natal State XCO, track & road Champion
2011 (u12)
  • SA XCO Champion
  • SA XCO Cup Series champion
  • Kwazulu Natal state XCO, road & track Champion
  • Kwazulu Natal state XCO Cup series champion
  • Kwazulu Natal state Classic Series Champ (20km races)
  • Kwazulu Natal state Downhill champ
2012 (u12)
  • SA XCO, road & track Champ
  • SA XCO Cup series champ
  • Kwazulu Natal state XCO champ
  • Kwazulu Natal state XCO Cup series champ
  • Kwazulu Natal state Classic series champ (series of 20km races best 6 to count)
2013 (u15)
  • 2nd in Australia Subaru All Mountain National Cup Series
  • 3rd in Australia XCO champs
  • 1st in Queensland XCO State champs
  • 1stin 11km Flight Centre Minor Epic & overall in u16
  • 1st in u19 20km Flight Centre Epic
  • 2nd overall in 20km Flight Centre Epic
  • 1st in U17 Qld Yakima Sunshine XCO series (racing up an age group)
  • 1st u17 Qld Cyclocross champs
  • 1ST U17 Qld state Gtravity champs
2014 (u15)
  • 1st in Australia Subaru All Mountain National Cup Series.
  • 1st in Australia XCO champs.
  • 1st in QLD XCO champs
  • 1st in u17 Qld Yakima Sunshine series (racing up an age group)
  • 1st u17 Qld Cyclocross champs
  • 2nd in u15 Qld State road, time trial & criterium champs
  • 2nd u17 QLD state Enduro champs.
  • 1st u15 Metro criterium champs.
  • 2nd Open Mens 26km Bayview blast Mtb marathon.
  • Represented Queensland at State road champs.
  • Attended AIS junior Mountain bike training camp - October 2014.

 

Troy Fidler

Troy Fidler has been 'attached' to bicycles for over 30 years! He first raced BMX as an 11 year old then progressed onto the Road, Triathlons and more recently MTB.

After numerous road racing victories in his teens he decided to make the switch to the then more exciting Triathlons, as the path to the Pro Peloton in the 80's was less defined than it is now. Over the next 15 years as a Professional Triathlete he won 3 Australian Triathlon titles, represented Australia at 3 World Championships (with his best placing being 8th in Wellington NZ 1994) and in 1995 was named the Australian Triathlete of the Year. He retired from professional racing in 2001 and now is just happy to make the podium in the over 40's at local MTB races.

In more recent years, Troy has been the director of an extremely successful coaching business with the variety of athletes ranging from first timers to Australian champions and all levels in between. He is also heavily involved as the coach and rider for Chain Reaction Ultimate Corporate Challenge - a charity which has raised nearly $10 million for children's charities over the last 6 years.

The amazing explosion in cycling's popularity has seen Troy in high demand for his cycling knowledge and experience, and he is only too happy to offer any assistance where requested. He also recently completed his Diploma in Stockbroking and now juggles a career in finance with continued coaching commitments.

Troy has been associated with Planet Cycles for more than 12 years and enjoys being an ambassador for the shop and all things 'Planet'.  His favourite bike is his S WORKS Epic 29'er but he spends most of his time in the saddle on his S WORKS Tarmac SL4.  Road or trails, you're bound to run into him somewhere whilst riding in SE Qld.

Mark Martin

Mark "MARTO" Martin is a 51 year old barrister and married father of four. He was a National level middle distance runner at school and university with a PB for 5k on the track of 14.10. He took up triathlon in 2000 and has now completed 13 times at Noosa winning his age group on 4 occasions with a best time of 1.55. For about the last 6 years he has raced in the open age group category and more recently in the open masters division where he competes against the much "younger" 40 year olds. Marto has won his age group at Mooloolaba 5 times and is 2 time Australian age group champion over the Olympic distance. He has competed at 10 age group World Championships with a best place of 7th.

About  three years ago someone convinced Marto to compete in an off road triathlon. For this he had to buy and learn how to ride a mountain bike. To cut a long story short he is now a MTB addict racing in the local Sunshine Series, Maxxis 4 hour events, Logans Run and of  course the Epic to keep fit during winter. Marto doesn't find himself on the MTB podium with the regularity he enjoys in the world of triathlon but he is not far off the pace. Watch out for him in the over 50 division in the Epic this year.

Marto rides Specialized bikes exclusively. His road bike is the McLaren Venge, Shiv for triathlons and S-Works Epic 29er off road. You will see Marto this summer in the Queensland Tri Series sprint races still doing his best in the open category. For those of you who venture to Japan for a bit of snow skiing you might also see Marto engaging in his other passion of powering through waste deep powder in Niseko trying unsuccessfully to keep up with his kids. You can check out their handiwork on YouTube.

Marto intends to continue competing in triathlon and racing his mountain bike for the foreseeable future. Retirement is not an option. His motto is "Go hard or go home". Marto claims his wife of 22 years, Angela needs to be awarded the Victoria Cross for act of bravery and courage in a marriage above and beyond the call of duty (ie putting up with Marto). We agree.

Lisa Mathison

Lisa has been hooked on cycling since the age of 13 when she first heard of XC mountain biking. Having had such an active childhood, and discovering a natural ability for the technical aspect of the sport, success came fairly quickly, first in the local interschool series, then on to state and national level. By the time she had reached the Junior category, she was also racing locally on the road in preparation for her first shot at international competition. In the following 3 years she had become the first Australian XC athlete to win a rainbow jersey by taking out the Junior Women's race at the World Championships, then the first junior XC athlete (world-wide) to successfully defend her world title the following year. In her first senior year, she raced for the now very successful Ghost racing team, culminating in representing her country at the Athens Olympics to a career-best 10th place result.

Overtraining-induced Illness forced her off the bike for several years, while she had a chance to pursue other interests. But it didn't take long to be well and truly bitten by the bug again, and she has recently made a long-awaited jump into Downhill racing - locally and at national level - going shoulder to shoulder with some of the best and most experienced girls in the sport, and giving them a run for their money by not finishing off the podium or more than a few seconds from the win throughout the last national series. She has enjoyed the steep learning curve involved in the transition to DH, and still competes in local XC and enduro races for fun and fitness.

Lisa now has a desire to pass on the tips and techniques she has learned over her career on the sales floor as a part of the Planet Team (link to her page under the staff bit) and by conducting MTB skills sessions for Progressive Coaching Systems (link - http://www.pcscoaching.com.au) as a CycleSkills accredited coach.

Recent Results:

  • 2013 Sunshine Series DH Rnd 1, Toowomba - 1st Elite Women
  • 2013 Sunshine Series XC Rnd 2, Mt Crosby - 3rd Elite Women
  • 2013 Sunshine Series XC Rnd 3, Karingal - 4th Elite Women
  • 2013 National Series DH Rnd 1, Mt Buller - 3rd Elite Women
  • 2013 National Series DH Rnd 2, Thredbo - 3rd Elite Women
  • 2013 National Series DH Rnd 3, Bright - 2nd Elite Women
  • 2013 National Championships DH, Canberra - 3rd Elite Women