John began cycling in Albury for the Lavington Cycling Club at the age of 14. John raced on and off in his teenage years and in his twenties, moving to the Gold Coast winning medals at state level and Queensland representative at National cycling championships. In his early thirties John began racing again, training with Col Stuart on the Gold coast.
John always had the ambition to break the world Record in the 200m. In 1991 John traveled to the US where he was the first ZIPP test pilot. John used the best technology of the time with training, wind tunnel testing, altitude tents and strength training. John trained with Eddie B the Subaru-Montgomery team coach and ex US Olympic coach using their ZIPP beam bike. John went on to break the Professional World record in the 200m in a time of 10.40sec. in Colorado Springs 1991.
Returning to Australia and training with Hilton Clarke to win numerous state and national medals over the next decade. Also racing in a few world masters championships have netted him 7 world titles, sprint, scratch race and the elusive Olympic sprint.
John began his Coaching and commercial bicycle fitting specific store to utilize his depth of knowledge in the industry. John found quickly that the bikes being sold to people, did not fit them properly this caused countless injuries and cost riders in performance and comfort. This started John making bikes to suit the people. With the quality of John’s service customers from other stores soon began to line up with their existing equipment to have their bikes fitted to them.
Some coaching achievements: Brigid Farrell; numerous State and National Titles. Scott McVilley; Australian triathlon champion. Ken Murley; World Triathlon champion. Baden Cooke; Australian criterium champion.
John’s attention to detail combined with his in depth cycling knowledge, trained with Stephen Pate World Professional Sprint Champion and 46 times National champion. He trained with Pate for 12 years and trained with Gary Shoots former US National coach. This combined with his close relationships with, Physiotherapists, sports doctors, podiatrists, body movement specialists and the esoteric world – and thousands of riders fitted since 1991 have given John the unrivaled depth of understanding required to fit some one properly on a bicycle.
John continues to research and seek things that will make cycling safer and more pleasurable and admits that he made mistakes early on, it was not until he had fitted more than a thousand riders he started to witness what most people will never understand. Understanding the marriage of the human being and a bicycle to achieve good balance, vision, breathing comfort and absolute confidence in all situations.
This is something sadly most will never feel because of the lack of knowledge in the fraternity in retail sales. The facts is most people walk into a shop and get sold a small medium or large bike. Last time I looked – that’s how they sell pizzas! Then after a day, week, month or year they develop problems. Some people have spent more at the physios than what the bike is worth and end up never riding again.
Our expertise is fitting bicycles to people.
San Diego USA – 1991 – World Masters Sprint Champion
San Deigo USA – 1991 – World Masters Kieren Champion
Colorado USA (out door) – 1991 – World Record 200m Professional
Melbourne 1992 – Victorian Sprint Champion Professional
Hamilton 1992 – Australian Sprint Champion 1600m Professional
Melbourne 1994 – Victorian ELite Kieren Champion
Brisbane 1994 – World Masters Sprint Champion
Melbourne 1994 – Australian Masters 500m Track Champion
Melbourne 1994 – Austrailan Masters Criterium Champion
Melbourne 2002 – World Masters Scratch race Champion
Melbourne 2002 – State Elite Olympic Sprint Champion
Sydney 2007 – World Masters Olympic team Sprint Champion
Sydney 2007 – World Masters Sprint Champion
Sydney 2007 – World Masters Scratch race Champion
Sydney 2008 – Sydney 2007 – World Masters Olympic team Sprint Champion
Brigid Started Racing at 14 with the Carnegie cycling club and was hooked, enjoying limited success in her first season, and was introduced to Kennedy Cycle Fit, where John made her a bike and began coaching her for the track season. This was the catalyst for her ongoing success.
She went on to win State and National medals on the road and track over the next four years under the guidance of John. Brigid has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in all cycling disciplines from 200m, 500m, Individual Pursuit, Scratch Race, Criterium, Individual Road Time Trial and Road Race at both State and National level events. She has won a silver medal at the Youth Olympic games in Sydney.
Brigid has been has been managing Kennedy Cycle Fit for ten years. Brigid has hands on experience in all facets of mechanical repairs, sales and has traveled to many of the international bicycle trade shows as buyer and seller.
Brigid was the chief organizer behind the famous Pink Inc. – Ladies Only Cycling Group, she personally trained over 300 women over a seven year period, covering all aspects of cycling from basic bicycle maintenance to classic bunch etiquette, descending and cornering. Creating a professionalism on the road for the female cycling enthusiast.
Brigid’s passion for cycling and commitment to quality has endured beyond just racing, flowing on to the general enthusiast.