PROFILE

TEAM: MJO Legal Race Team

 

AGE: 33

 

HOMETOWN: Yamba, Australia.

 

RESIDES: Montefranco, Italy.

 

WEIGHT: 72kg

 

HEIGHT: 182cm

 

PREVIOUS TEAMS: 

2008: Vaude (Australia)

2009 - 2010: Univega Pro Team (Germany)

2011 - 2013: Scott-New Limits (Italy)

2014: Acqua & Sapone (Italy)

2015: Santa Marinella - Tonica (Italy)

2016: Haibike Lawley Factory Team (Italy)

2017 - Present: MJO Legal Race Team (Italy/International)

 

BIKES: Hersh Kustom Race MTB and Hersh Speed road bike. 

INTERESTS: Surfing, history, squash, travel and my daughter Selvaggia.

 

MUSIC: Most styles of music... Metallica, Guns n Roses, Powderfinger, Little Feat, Millencolin, Paul Kalkbrenner, Van Morrison and Heckyl & Jive.

 

FOODS: Italian of course! Also Chicken Satay, Ribs, Lemon Duck, Ollibollen and Cam's superlekker Spaghetti Bol. 

 

EMAIL: morgan@morganpilley.com

"Growing up, I played every sport I could. I was a state level hockey player, cross-country runner and a national level squash player. My parents owned a squash centre, so the majority of my childhood and teenage years was mainly focused on squash. I reached #2 in Australia as a junior before deciding to stop playing at age 18.

Soon after I started road cycling with the North Coast Academy of Sport development squad. I mixed road racing with MTB with my first cycling coach Faron Young, who taught me about the world of cycling. I found I started to excel in endurance races. 6, 12 or 24 hour races - the longer the better. My first 24hr race was the 2006 Australian Championships. I finished 2nd in the u/23's and 8th overall. With about one hour to go in this race I started to hallucinate and thought the trees were talking to me...while wearing pin stripe suits.

In 2008 I decided to test myself in Europe racing on and offroad. I moved to Den Haag, the Netherlands, with my brother Cameron, a professional squash player. I had no team, contacts or set up. But I knew hard training and results is how you make it. My brother is a huge influence of mine and also has supported me on and off the bike during my career. He taught me how to be a professional athlete and without his guidance or support, I wouldn't be where I am today. 

I spent four years based in the Netherlands, racing for various teams and eventually focusing on 24hr racing. In 2011 I moved to Italy to live and race, where I continue today, mixing between endurance racing, marathon distance and now trail/ultra distance running." 

 

2006 - Australian 24hr Champs
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Per mi, Umbria é una zona della piu bell
Felt good to get a win at the Pale Ultra
2008 - Univega 24hr, Germany.