Laurie Fitzsimons




Name: Laurie Fitzsimons

Where were you born: Wangaratta

Occupation: Retired – previously Technical School and TAFE Teacher

Family: Wife Anne and daughter Claire

Favourite Sporting Teams: Melbourne Football Club,

Favourite Athletes: Ken Rosewall, Adam Scott, Jeremy Howe

Favourite Movies: I know everybody says “The Shawshank Redemption” but I didn’t like it. “Paths of Glory” and “Billy Budd” impressed me in my youth.

Favourite Music: Simon and Garfunkle, Queen and Eddie Mercury

Favourite Food: Pasta (Will eat almost anything except lambs fry)

Childhood Ambition: Pass on this one

Hobbies: Reading, Woodworking with recycled timber, gardening


How long have you been riding? Rode to school wearing the school cap (no helmet) and balancing the kit bag on the handlebars. Only been riding seriously and consistently in last three years

When did you start racing? Two years ago (2012)

What other sports have you been involved in? Football (played for Tarrawingee), Basketball (A grade referee for 10 years) Cross country skiing (Best sporting activity in the world), golf

Age Group and Handicap mark – 65- 69 Racing off second scratch at Supervets


Why did you join the club? I enjoy testing myself against others and was encouraged to join by members of the Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Torquay riding group. Also cycling is an excellent way of maintaining aerobic fitness for cross country skiing.

Do you have any goals to achieve? To be more competitive in Sunday racing, at the South Pacific Championships at Maryborough and perhaps in the Australian Championships

Your greatest racing achievement? I am building up to one in the next couple of years

Riding experiences:

Best? Riding with Cadel (very occasionally) impresses many friends and acquaintances

Worst? Riding in the rain for three hours around Apollo Bay as part of one of Andrew Thornton’s Warnambool to Lorne rides

What’s your favourite training or social ride? The Mad Monday and Frantic/Frenetic Friday rides of the Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Torquay riding group

How often do you ride?  Four or five times a week


Race Bike: Avanti Quantum 2

Training Bike: As above

Other Bikes: Rock Machine Mountain Bike

Dream Bike: Anything that costs $10,000