Who would you most like to go on a long ride with?
It would be a mixed group that would include my brother and some close friends from the Central Coast Cycling Club I have trained with in the past.

I’d also include US Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, former Australian professional racing cyclist Phil Anderson (also the first non-European to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France), one of the inventors of the modern mountain bike, Gary Fisher, and for laughs the late Robin Williams, who was a cycling enthusiast.

Bray enjoys riding the loop from Terrey Hills to West Head via Akuna Bay, north of Sydney, and on the Old Pacific Highway from Cowan to Somersby. 

Will you ever be too old to ride?
I truly hope not. I am encouraged to see some old-timers on their immaculately maintained retro racing bikes still riding around some suburbs today, just a bit slower.

Favourite piece of cycling gear?
Without a doubt my Garmin cycle computer. Being interested in data analysis by nature, I really enjoy diving into the statistics and what insights you can extract from them, whether it be from my personal split times [time taken to complete each section of an event], road speed or even heart rate throughout the course.

The statistics help to identify areas of improvement and to build my confidence when I try new tracks or configurations. The ability to view real-time data on my phone using Bluetooth is a great way to keep me motivated on a solo ride. I can track how I’m climbing a hill compared with friends who might have climbed it in the past.

Favourite ride?
I am so lucky to have some great options close to where I live. The loop from Terrey Hills to West Head via Akuna Bay [north of Sydney] is one. The other is the ride on the Old Pacific Highway from Cowan [also north of Sydney] to Somersby and then back through Peats Ridge.

Dream bike holiday?
Without a doubt being able to follow the Tour de France and have the chance to ride some of the classic mountain climbs, such as Alpe d’Huez, Mount Ventoux and the Col du Tourmalet.

Crashes? Catastrophes?
During a ride in the Blue Mountains on the Woodford to Glenbrook trail, I was on a steep hill descent at good speed and a friend’s bike alongside me flicked a stick into my front wheel, sending me catapulting over the handlebars. The worst bit was I was riding in a remote location and it took me an hour to ride back to the local town. I lost a fair bit of skin because of the incident, which also landed me in the hospital emergency room.

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