We sometimes get complaints about the Amy’s Grand Fondo ride in FulGaz. They’re usually along the lines of “I can’t keep up – FulGaz must be wrong.” The truth is, the person who filmed it is something of a one-off.

As well as being one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, Gary Trowell competed in the road race and team time trial at the Los Angeles Olympics and spent years racing in Europe. His love of the sport and of simply going for a ride jump out whenever you speak to him, and some of his riding mates include members of Australian cycling “royalty” Phil Anderson and Allan Peiper. If you look closely at the first climb in the Amy’s ride, you’ll spot Phil. I won’t reveal which one of them gets to the top first.

Full name

Gary Trowell

Where you live?

Melbourne, Australia

What you do when you’re not out riding?

Taking my youngest son to bike races or spending time up at our block of land near the High Country.

At what age did you start riding a bike?

Started Racing at 7 years old at Ararat Cycling Club.

Your favourite FulGaz ride?

I enjoy all of them but particularly like the rides around Lake Garda and Flanders, having spent a lot of time in Italy and Belgium. I like I can just decide on the spot I will “ride around” Mallorca today or “Banff” or whatever takes my fancy at the time.

Your favourite pro bike rider?

No real favourite, but don’t we all Love Peter Sagan?

Your favourite food?

Anything my wife cooks.

Your favourite movie?

I’d like to have time to see more movies, but let’s say Pulp Fiction.

What you enjoy most about filming FulGaz rides?

It’s nice to think you can film a ride that you enjoy and then can share for others to enjoy.

Any other random facts you’d like to add? 

The cycling heritage of my family dates back to the 1800’s here in Australia, one of whom won the Austral Wheelrace in1896, my Grandmother was the “female Oppy” of her time holding records of cross country racing and the family connection includes track sprinter Gary Niewand who is a second cousin. My father was also National coach through out the 70’s and won several big races around Victoria and was Clyde Sefton’s coach for the 1972 Munich Olympics where he won a silver medal.