Raised in Mansfield, in Victoria’s High Country, ambassador Simon Gerrans is one of Australia’s most successful cyclists. The only Australian to have won a stage in all three Grand Tours – the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana – ‘Gerro’ holds a unique place in Australian cycling history.
A founding member of Australia’s first major professional cycling team Orica GreenEDGE, their debut season has also been Gerrans’ most successful yet. Gerrans won the Australian championships in his first race of 2012, earning the right to wear the coveted national jersey for the remainder of the season.
The 32-year-old went on to secure the team’s first UCI WorldTour title at the Tour Down Under, his second victory at the event following success in 2006.
The highlight of the 2012 season to date was victory in one of the ‘five monuments of cycling’, the Milan-San Remo, where Gerrans became just the second Australian in history to win the event.
Gerrans has achieved success in all of Australia’s major races including the Tour Down Under, the 2005 and 2006 Herald Sun Tour and the 2003 Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic.
Representing his nation with pride, Gerrans has worn the green and gold at ten World Road Championships and the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.
After countless ascents throughout the Victorian Alps, Simon joins us in 2011 to share his tips on how to best tackle and conquer the 7 PEAKS!