Cycling Bio: Simon began his athletic career in 1996 as a swimmer and rose to compete at the top level. In 1997 he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and has never let it slow him down.
After a very successful career as a junior swimmer Simon was asked by a coach who worked with the Australian World Championship and Olympic teams to join the Elite High Performance Swim program based in Melbourne. While as a member of the Elite National Swimming Program Simon placed in the top three of several competitions and his consistency and focus on stroke technique became evident. This proven experience and attention to technique lead to the request by Elite Coaches, Triathlon Clubs and Swim Teams to have him coach their athletes.
During his time as a coach and owner of Pisces Specialized Fitness, Simon worked with clients who accomplished personal bests, qualified for Triathlon World Championships in Kona, won National Championships, and broke World Records in Swimming. Simon taught strength and conditioning to coaches that worked with the Melbourne Storm, a National Rugby League Team, National level swim teams and Regional running programs. Injury prevention and rehabilitation was a primary focus of his coaching. He has written and published training manuals and nutrition programs for endurance athletes used in a one on one and a team setting. While coaching clients for Triathlon Simon found a love for the bike. Simon decided to leave swimming and pursue cycling and began competing in local cycling events and his results drew the attention of Tim Decker, a coach to many of Australia’s young Pro Tour riders.
In eight months Simon went from an entry level to a Professional category cyclist. In 2009 he left his coaching career to pursue an opportunity to combine his passions for cycling and Diabetes outreach with the Team Type 1 Cycling Team based in the United States. That same year, he was part of the RAAM 8 man team that broke the World Record for the transcontinental crossing (5d,9h,5m) that is still held today. In 2011 while on a trip to Africa with Team Globalbike Simon achieved his second World Record in becoming the first Type 1 Diabetic to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in less than 4 days beating the previous by 2 days. Simon is an all around rider that likes to ride in the break or in the wind assisting teammates.
US Para-Cycling Program- Affiliate Coach- coached at National Championships in June 2011 and at the United States Olympic Training Center October 2011. Simon is assistant coach with Roger C. Peace Para Cycling Team that includes 2 National Champions and 1 World Champion.
- World Record Holder – RAAM Race Across America 5 days, 9 hours, 5 minutes
- Tour of Gila domestique helping globalbike secure 2nd on GC