You were originally an Australian Rules football player before turning your attention on cycling. What inspired the change of sport?
My next-door neighbours (now also pro cyclists, Wes and Bernie Sulzberger) were a big cycling family. They encouraged me to give cycling a go and I’ve never looked back.
Where’s your favourite place to ride, and why?
Tamar Valley region, Launceston, Tasmania. It’s picturesque and quiet.
What music do you listen to before a big race?
I don’t have a favourite band, singer or style of music really. I listen to whatever I’m in the mood for, or more correctly whatever the controller of the team bus sound system decides.
What other cyclists do you look up to, and why?
Cyclist Stuart O’Grady has been a big influence. He’s paved the way for a lot of Australian cyclists and kept an eye out for us in our younger days. He works just as hard now as he did when he was starting.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t unnecessarily spend energy. Most of our race days contain a lot of hours in the saddle so every extra ounce of energy I have in the tank come the sprint to the line is very valuable.
Where are your favourite places to hang out when you’re at home in Monte Carlo?
Outdoor Cinema there is sensational and a good night out. You also can’t beat a Mediterranean beach.
What do you miss about living in Australia?
My family and friends.
What’s the best hotel you’ve ever stayed in while on tour?
Ritz Carlton in Doha, Qatar.
What London landmarks or locations are you looking forward to touring while in town for London 2012?
I’d love to see a Champions League or EPL match and take in the crowd atmosphere of English Football, but I don’t think the times match up unfortunately.
Matt Goss was once a promising AFL player, however the encouragement of friends refocused his attention towards cycling and he never looked back. After only a few years of competitive cycling, Matt made a name for himself by winning the World U19 Team Pursuit and Madison Champion titles. Matt won Silver at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games in the Team Pursuit. More recently, Matt won the 8th stage of the Tour of California and placed second overall at the 2011 Tour Down Under.