Audi Centre Sydney Turbo Studio Race Team


A Q&A with Geoff Rickards

  • When and how did you get into cycling?

    I always rode bikes growing up, but focussed on Rugby and AFL after school until some serious injuries stopped me playing contact sport. After a few years racing triathlons and Ironman races, I committed to cycling and racing in 2018 and haven't looked back.

  • What is your favourite event?

    It's hard to go past any racing at West Head because of the rolling hills. It's such a dynamic course, and depending on the finish line, it can suit any type of rider.

  • What is your favourite long ride?

    That's a tough one! 4 gorges is a brilliant test of the legs, but I'm a big fan of any riding around Kangaroo Valley. Macquarie Pass, Jamberoo, Cambewarra Mountain, Fitzroy Falls - there are so many options. Any riding in the Snowy Mountains is also a treat.

  • Any other hobbies?

    I love the beach and eating, so I spend most of my summer Saturday and Sunday afternoons reciovering from rides doing both in the Eastern Suburbs.

  • Favourite park-up?

    Anywhere with a rich chocolate milkshake! Yes, that's right, I don't drink coffee!

  • What is your day job?

    I am the Operations Manager for two University campuses.

  • What was the appeal of joining the race team?

    There are so many, but the key one for me was being part of a group of like-minded mates who enjoying training, racing and socialising together.

  • Tell us your favourite cycling story

    When I was younger, two mates and I ventured into the blue mountains by train with our mountain bikes and jumped on a trail which left from Wentworth Falls station. Being young and overly confident, we all smashed ourselves for the first few hours of the ride, and having not prepared any nutrition, nowhere near enough water, and with no spare tyres, we found ourselves stranded walking very slowly for a few hours to get back to civilisation. Lesson learnt: nutrition is key!

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