Simon Gillett (left) and Phil Anderson (right) during Amy’s Share the Road Tour
One of Australia’s most successful cyclists, achieving over 90 professional victories throughout his 15 year European career including holding the yellow jersey in the Tour de France for 9 days, a feat not yet matched by any other Australian cyclist.
After becoming Australia’s first-ever Tour de France yellow jersey wearer in 1981, Anderson pushed his body and mind to its limits. One of a handful of Australians then racing in Europe in the 1980s, he also dismantled many of the cultural and social barriers that until then had hindered Australian cyclists. It is due to his efforts that today’s Australian cyclists enjoy so many opportunities.
Phil gives generously of his time to the Amy Gillett Foundation and regularly travels interstate to take part in most events when time permits.
Simon married Amy in 2004 after a ten year relationship, and was formerly her coach, guiding her to win two World Rowing Championships.
Simon himself has represented Australia at six World Rowing Championships. He won Silver and Bronze medals in successive years and then won back to back World Championships. Following his retirement as an athlete Simon was National Director of Coaching Education and National team selector for Australian Rowing for six years, and Head Coach of Australian Rowing leading up to the Atlanta Olympics.
He is a passionate cyclist, with a keen interest in motorsport, particularly Tarmac Rallies achieving several podium finishes in recent years.