Cycle Closet was founded by Julian (with encouragement from his wife Barbara), and originated from a passion for anything on two wheels. After noticing the lack of cycling apparel for riders in Adelaide, Julian literally decided to set the wheels in motion to fix this and in 2015 Cycle Closet was born.
Right from the start of his teenage years Julian was a keen cyclist who loved the outdoors and loved to train. A self-confessed fitness fanatic, Julian has been an obsessive exerciser for all of his life, starting with running and cycling then onto swimming. Julian has the distinction of never actually winning anything, but always having a go.
Afters years of tackling triathlons, distance bike racing and ocean swimming events Julian’s most recent feat was his second conquering of the feared Three Peaks cycling event in the Victorian high country. Julian has never been one to shy away from a challenge, and knows first-hand the importance of having the right kit to get him to the finish line.
Julian loves to watch cycling of any kind but more importantly loves being on wheels at least four times a week either on the open road, or on the dirt tracks.
THE ADELAIDE TEAM
Julian’s wife Barbara, commonly known to friends as Dr Babs, brings scientific knowledge from a 26 year career in Cancer Research. She is applying this to set-up an approachable blog about kit performance and related technical info.
Barbara shares an equal interest in cycling and enjoys watching live cycling, edpecially involving anyone from the Cycle Closet team. She mostly hits the stationary bike or along the bike paths. Barbara is an appreciator of what cycling has to offer. Together Julian and Barbara love nothing more than watching a recording of the Belgium one day classics with a wine in hand admiring the tough men and women who have a go.
Store Manager, Damien, joined the Adelaide team in early 2017. Damien thoroughly enjoys riding Mountain trails, plans ventures into CX and is always happy to chat about any things cycling. He has been running his own Personal Training business for a number of years. This has given Damien a wealth of experience at offering people friendly guidance to help understand and attain sport’s fitness goals. Come in store for the same helpful approach to advice about our kit.
Scott is a young “roadie” with a huge dose of enthusiasm and heaps of talent on the bike. He loves to beat is father-in-law Julian up hills, which is a pretty common event. Scott brings a wealth of first hand experience with a range of CC road kit. You will find Scott always willing to talk bikes and he can chat about an amazing range of brands, including a multitude model releases for many.
Hannah joined her friends for exercise from an early age, including playing netball from the year she started school and being an active Brighton nipper. Hannah began pursuing triathons in her teens which led on to her representing Westminster senior school in the sport. Was bike her strongest leg? Come in store and ask Hannah. Hannah can always help you find a range of options in store to suit your individual needs and style. Most Sundays you can get advice from her when she is running the Adelaide store.
Frances , Julian’s daughter, loves the outdoors and keeps fit in numerous ways. Although she has a heavy load for her professional job, Frances fits in frequent gym visits and flexes her muscles regularly helping with house renovations. Frances’s great eye for womens’ kit means Julian doesn’t stock the racks entirely with hi-viz orange road products or mountain bike kit made from boring fabrics.
Lachlan, Tom and Jimmy are team members with the advantage of being really good on two wheels, enhanced by having youth on their side. They bring fresh “under 20” ideas on kit choice and applications. Lachlan is an experienced road rider with heaps of talent and speed. Jimmy is the classic adventurous roadie and his experience includes a solo bike tour around parts of New Zealand. Tom travels to competitions around Australia and overseas to have fun with his bike handling skills.
Stacey and Anita are Cycle Closet team members who, between them have a variety of riding experience in Australia and overseas. These two team members are friendly and relaxed, and more than happy to provide a woman’s view on kit. Don’t feel left out guys, Stacey and Anita offer advice to all riders about functionality and sizing of kit so everyone can find gear to try on and test for fit and comfort in the Adelaide store. Also, they have good insight on style!
THE BRISBANE TEAM
Our Brisbane Store Manager, Lan, will be ready to welcome you to the Fortitude Valley location before the end of August 2017. Many of you may already be familiar with Lan and his Buibespoke business. Lan makes rejigged creations from the oversupply of used tyres and tubes and has the moto “reinvent, reuse & relove”. He has been spotted cycling along the waterfront and further afield charging up and down dirt trails.
Stay tuned for updates on the CC Brisbane team . . . .