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20 Years of PEZ: Author and Rider Matt Conn

Rider/Author Characteristic: Matt Conn; PEZ author, prime bloke and an excellent racing bike owner. As a part of the ‘Twenty Years of PEZ’ celebrations, Ed Hood reminds us of PEZ-friend Matt and what he achieved on a motorcycle, as an alternative of writing about others.

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PezCyclingNews.com has been in existence for 20 years this yr; I’ve had the pleasure of contributing since 2005. When The Pez Meister himself, Richard Pestes requested us to look again over our time with the location and recall occasions and individuals who touched us, I used to be fortunate, I used to be going to write down about my former PEZ co-contributor, ‘Tassie Man,’ Matt Conn however that nice champion of Tasmanian biking, Allan Knight had already performed the job for me and beneath we put up the good tribute he wrote about Matt initially of this yr.

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Most of my interplay with Matt was ‘digital,’ I used to like our exchanges over the ‘web – Matt at all times used to make me chuckle along with his irreverent sense of humour. The one project the place we did hook up with him, ‘within the flesh’ was for the 2009 Milano-Sanremo, received in sensible model by Mark Cavendish. Martin Williamson and I picked up Matt within the labyrinth that’s interior metropolis Milano early on the Saturday morning of the race, he was residing in Udine at the moment and had hopped a practice over for the Primavera partenza.

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Matt having a chat with fellow Tassie, Wesley Sulzberger, earlier than the beginning of the 2009 version of Milano-Sanremo

We arrived on the stunning Castello because the clans gathered and popped in to the well-known previous ‘gran café’ on the nook. As Martin and I loved the heat on a cold morning, the ambiance and wonderful cappuccino, Matt scanned the room. There have been Shane Sutton and Scott Sunderland of the a lot hyped and shortly to be SKY group – and there was the Capo himself, Dave [now, Sir David, of course] Brailsford within the firm of the legend that’s, Ernesto Colnago.

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Matt put his espresso down and with a, ‘there’s Dave Brailsford, I MUST organise an interview with him!’ he headed off, throughout the cafe to interrupt the excessive degree assembly and collar the Sky-man (you possibly can learn that interview right here). Shyness was by no means an accusation you could possibly degree at Matt – however he’s from Tassie and the local weather down there doesn’t encourage shrinking violets. . .

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With out additional ado, over to Allan Knight:

At present’s featured Rider/Author is Matt Conn:

Matt is slightly humble about his biking profession, however I do know just a few million who would really like his outcomes towards their names. He had a beautiful philosophy concerning Biking; lengthy coaching rides and brief races. He got here to racing late however quickly made up for it. He grew to become a a lot liked and revered member of the Tasmanian peloton. He dipped his toe into journalism as biking reporter for the native ‘Examiner’ newspaper. After shifting to Belgium to race Matt began to write down race reviews for various retailers. After stepping down from competitors he went on to be probably the greatest biking journalists within the World.

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Extremely regarded he tells it as it’s and tells the reality. I take individuals on face worth, and Matt is without doubt one of the finest individuals I do know. Right here follows his lengthy and rewarding journey via the game he loves.

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Matt began racing later than most with half a season within the junior class earlier than shifting to the ‘open’ class within the early Nineties. He had his finest outcomes early on the observe, however his true ardour was highway racing. As a member of Northern Districts Biking Membership, concentrating on the highway quickly had him using off scratch within the handicap highway races.

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Matt competed in all 5 Tasmanian U.C.I. Excursions between the late Nineties and early 2000s when the Tour briefly grew to become a part of the Worldwide Racing Calendar. He additionally spent three years racing in a Belgium with an newbie group beneath the steerage of his good friend, six day star, Matt Gilmore, son of Tassie six day legend, Graeme Gilmore. Matt had a flip of pace and a prime dash from his early observe days.

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Throughout his Excursions of Tasmania he wrote a day by day column for the Examiner from contained in the Tour. This led to his weekly column within the newspaper in addition to changing into their race reporter. He moved to the U.Ok after which Italy the place he wrote options for Bicycling Australia Journal. Matt additionally wrote for Journey Journal and weekly articles for the well-known Pez Biking Information web site; overlaying early season classics in Belgium and Italy. He additionally adopted the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta in addition to the World Championships reporting for PEZ.

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After 10 Years of residing within the shadow of the well-known Zoncolan Climb in North East Italy Matt moved along with his job in instructing and is at present residing in China. However Matt comes again to Tassie a number of instances every year, journey restrictions permitting. Hopefully we are able to entice residence to stay again right here in Tassie someday sooner or later.

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Listed here are a few of his profession racing highlights:
# Represented Tasmanian on the Observe & Street.
# 1st State Madison Championship with Mark Jamieson.
# fifth State Madison Championship with Mark Matthews.
# 1st Roseberry Wheel Race.
# 1st ‘A’ Grade 1000m Roseberry.
# Silver & Bronze Medals in State Observe Championships in 20km Scratch, 1km Time Trial, 4000m Particular person Pursuit and Dash.
# 1st twice within the Longford Wheel Races
# 1st ‘A’ Grade 1000m Launceston
# 1st twice ‘A’ Grade 1000m Hobart
# 1st ‘A’ Grade 1000m Sheffield
# 1st ‘A’ Grade 1000m Longford
# 1st Launceston Membership Wheel Race
# 1st ‘A’ Grade 2000m Launceston
# 1st Devonport Trial Wheel
# Completed all 5 U.C.I. Excursions of Tasmania
# 1st Zeehan Tin Miners Open Street Basic.
# third State Open Street Title.

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# 10 x High 10 finishes in Belgium Novice Street Races 1996 – 1999.
# third Street Race and 4th Time Trial Australian College Video games.
# third World Journalists Street Race Titles.
# 1st ‘B Grade’ Musslebray to Tamworth Open.
# 2nd Quickest in Launceston to Hobart.
# A number of Stage wins within the Launceston two and three day excursions.
# 1st Stage Hobart Australia Day Tour.
# 1st NDCC Senior Street Championship.
# Twice King of the Mountains, Silver Wheels George City.
# A number of wins in NDCC Oaks Street and Bishopsbourne Races.

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The PEZ Crew in Italy

Ed and Martin miss you Matteo!

Ed and Martin in Milano – Picture by Mat Conn

We have been unhappy to listen to that Allan Knight, who wrote this tribute to Matt, handed away simply final Friday. Allan was a person who did loads for biking in Tasmania. You possibly can learn extra about Allan right here: https://www.fb.com/teams/23266913762/permalink/10159015190743763

Our condolences to his household and buddies. RIP Allan Knight.

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