Patrick Saccani-Williams. Photo by Michelle Sherwin

Perth’s Mount St, a short, steep sufferfest for repeats. Photo: Michelle Sherwin

Hi all, my name is Patrick Saccani-Williams. By day I’m an IT pro, all other hours I’m either riding my bike, eating or sleeping. I ride for Santic GDT, a Perth based NRS team.

I’ve been cycling since September 2013 when I bought my first road bike. I’d only intended to ride to work and get fit doing so but I became rabidly addicted in the span of a month. I entered my first race in March 2014 and have never looked back. I live for the thrill of competition and the satisfaction of emptying the tank on an effort.

In mid 2015 I took up time trialling, it’s here that I’ve had the most success. I podiumed 12 time trials in 2016 including a second at the state time trial. I also finished 4th in category at the Gran Fondo World Championship time trial and 16th at the Australian National Championships.

During the 2017 season, I’ll be putting more emphasis on endurance training and road racing. I hope to build my aerobic powers to better handle the demands of races like the Tour of Tasmania, which is a major ambition for the season.

Riders like Luke Durbridge and Damien Howson are inspiration for me. I can only hope to one day be as valuable to my team as they are.