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.