Here at BikeSportz, we are proud to have an exceptional team that is passionate about all things related to cycling. Our National Partnerships Manager, Nick Locandro, is a valued team member and brings a wealth of experience to the table. Nick has competed in a wide array of cycling disciplines with a particular affinity for gravel, road, time trial, and MTB. We asked Nick to give us an exclusive look into his background, his journey in the cycling world, and his passion for all things biking.
How’d you get started?
I saw a friend compete in the Ballarat 70.3 (Half Ironman). I was inspired by his effort on the day and all the other competitors and the support from family and friends at the finish line and decided that day I wanted to the same event! The very next day I started training and competed in the very same event a year later. Once completing I decided I enjoyed riding the most of the three disciplines and the rest is history.
Tell us about your latest race/event! Any highlights?
The last event I competed in was in Shanghai, China. I was invited to take part in a showcase race to help promote cycling in China. It was an 88km road race with riders from all around the world, had an opening ceremony and full TV coverage! It was a wild experience.
What’s your favourite thing about riding?
The process of getting better as a rider - while I am highly competitive and enjoy winning, the biggest motivation is me versus me as that’s something I can always control and becoming the best cyclist I can be.
Any favourite tracks or trails?
I am very lucky to have some amazing road, gravel and MTB loops in Ballarat and surrounds. My favourite roads are through the Wombat State Forest on both gravel and road.
What’s your biggest cycling achievement so far?
Competing at Unbound - a 200-mile (330km) gravel race in Emporia, Kansas in America. It’s considered the unofficial world championships in gravel racing. I was able to go there two years ago before many Australians has gone over to compete and raced against many current and ex world tour riders as well as American Gravel Pros.
When you’re not riding, what are you up to?
I really enjoy cooking! I have Italian heritage so enjoy making pasta from scratch as well as making different sauces. I also enjoy the process of trying to perfect a certain meal or dish. Currently I have been trying to make the perfect cinnamon scroll.
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