Planet Ambassadors

Cameron Wright

Cameron has always dreamt of winning a World XCO champs since he was 8 years old. His idol was the late Burry Stander whom he still pays respect to in all his viral media posts "# I ride for Burry" . 2017 saw Cameron realize his dream and as a first year u19 junior competed in 2017 Junior World Champs that was held in Cairns, Australia. A top 10 was a realistic goal in his first year as an junior so he could learn and build on this for a shot at the 2018 u19 World title. Well things went exceptionally well and Cameron won the 2017 Junior World Champs convincingly. Cameron is exceptionally dedicated and gives 100% in all his training. He currently races for the Planet-PCS-Racing MTB team which is sponsored by Planet Cycles and Specialized Australia. Cameron is also sponsored by Shimano Australia, Cornetts Supermarkets, Progressive Coaching Systems, Ride Mechanic Australia for bike care products, 32Gi Australia for nutrition , Champion System apparel and Oakley eye wear.

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 12
Residence:
Brisbane, Queensland.
Cycling Discipline:
XCO Mountain bike mainly but also road.
Other interests:
Soccer, swimming, running and Free-style riding

Goals

Short term for the rest of 2018
  • Win Australia National series
  • Represent Australia and race the 2018 World Champs.
  • Win junior u19 World XCO Championship in 2018.
  • Compete in 2 - 3 u19 XCO races in Europe.
  • Win 2018 Queensland state XCO champs.
  • Finish on podium in top 3 at 2018 Queensland state road champs.
  • Compete in road and Enduro if they don't clash with XCO.
Medium term - next 5 years
  • Get a factory team ride in 2019.
  • Race u23 World Cup circuit and World Champs 2019.
  • Win an u23 World Cup series and u23 World Champs in 2020/2021
  • Represent Australia at the 2020 Olympics competing in XCO category.

Achievements

2013 (u15 - 1st year)
  • 2nd in Australia Subaru All Mountain National Cup Series
  • 3rd in Australia XCO champs
  • 1st in Queensland XCO State champs
  • 1st in 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 - 2nd year)
  • 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.
2015 (u17 - 1st year)
  • 4th at 1st u17 Australia XCO Nationals
  • 2nd at 2nd u17 Australia XCO Nationals
  • 1st at 3rd u17 Australia XCO Nationals
  • 2nd at 4th u17 Australia XCO Nationals
  • 1st at 5th u17 Austraila XCO Nationals (came 2nd but 1st place was a New Zealand rider)
  • 2nd overall in u17 Australia XC National series
  • 1st in u17 Oceania Championship
  • 2nd in u17 Australia XCO Championship
  • 1st in u17 Queensland State XCO Championship.
  • 3th in u17 Queensland State road champs.
  • 1st in u17 Queensland State Club team time trial champs (was part of 4 man team)
  • 1st at u19 junior 25km Bayview Blast (part of #6 of National Marathon series)
  • 1st as part of 2 man team in Bayview Blast 50km half marathon event (part of #6 of National Marathon series)
2016 (u17 and also raced some races in u19)
  • 1st in u19 Australia XCO Nationals (raced up an age group - series of 6 races)
  • 1st in Qld u19 Sunshine XCO series (6 events)
  • 2nd in u17 Australia National XCO Championship
  • 1st in u17 Queensland State XCO Championship.
  • 3th in u17 Queensland State road champs.
  • 1st at 50km Bayview Blast National Marathon.
  • 2nd in u17 Queensland State Road Championship.
  • 2nd in u17 Canberra Junior Tour road race
  • 1st in u17 Canberra junior Tour criterium (photo attached in the rain on his Tarmac)
  • 3rd in u17 National Road Hill climb champs.
  • 1st in u17 Qld State Enduro champs and 5th overall in Elites.
  • Invited into Australia junior development MTB team
2017 (first year in u19)
  • 1st in u19 Australia XCO Nationals (series of 6 races)
  • 1st in u19 Australia National XCO Championship
  • 1st in u19 Queensland State XCO champs
  • 3rd in u19 Oceania Champs
  • Australian National Junior Mountain bike rider of year award for 2017
  • 1st Queensland State Team Track Pursuit (part of 4 man team - this is his second discipline)
  • 1st in UCI International Junior event, South Africa.
  • Junior World Champion, Cairns Australia
2018 (second year in u19)
  • 1st in u19 Junior XCO Oceania Champs
  • 1st in u19 Junior XCO Australia Champs
  • 1st in u19 Australia XCO Nationals 1,2,3,4,5,6 (series of 8 races)
  • 1st in A grade Wild West XCO series
Current Sponsors:
  • Specialized Australia
  • Shimano Australia
  • Planet Cycles
  • Cornetts Supermarkets
  • Progressive Coaching Systems
  • Ride Mechanic Australia
  • 32Gi Australia for nutrition
  • Champion System apparel
  • Oakley eye wear.
  • Thule

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.