Planet Ambassadors

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 56 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 completed 16 times at Noosa winning his age group on 4 occasions with a best time of 1.55. He has raced in the open age group category and open masters division where he competed 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 2 years ago his knees gave out so running and triathlon were no longer an option. To cut a long story short he is now a MTB addict having raced in the Cape Epic and Swiss Epic together with local events.

Marto rides Specialized bikes exclusively. His race bike is The S Works Epic but also trains on a S Works Camber and Stumpjumper. His road bike is the S Works Tarmac disc.

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 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 28 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.