Our friends at EF International Language Schools interviewed #PinkArgyle road captain Simon Clarke about his life in Italy.
Clarke competed in his first bike race at age 10. Pedaling his mountain bike with 24-inch knobby tires, the young Aussie found his calling in the saddle and never turned back.
By age 17, Simon had enjoyed some successful results at the club and Australian national level and was recruited by the Australian Institute of Sports (AIS) to join the national cycling team at their European Training Center in the town of Gavirate in the province of Varese in northern Italy.
Moving abroad to a foreign country as a 17-year-old, Simon was faced with a new culture, a new language, and a competitive field of riders all fighting for a few spots on the UCI World Tour’s best teams.