Often found dreaming of gaining telepathic powers or becoming a fighter pilot, Adam Versteege, 36, a rouleur all-rounder divides his time between Sydney and Melbourne. With a young family and full-time job as a rail engineer, Adam sacrifices sleep, binges on coffee and sneaks out of the house early to crack on with his 10-14 hours of grinding on tarmac each week. His first major ride was the 1995 Great Victorian Bike Ride but it took him another 15 years before he took the sport seriously. The Acheron Way and Don Valley are his favourite climbs and he admires both the legendary Italian campionissimo Fausto Coppi and the aggressive but affable German rider Jens Voigt. Riding for Stinner ‘represents the grassroots of bicycle raw materials. When coupled with 21st century technology, steel is still a truly comparable alternative to carbon.’ Without committing to who is who, his teammates are: ‘Intensely passionate, big kid, tinkerer and a joker’. Keeping it rubber side down after a rapid deflation on a super fast descent, is Adam’s most treasured, or fortunate, cycling memory. In a future life he would return as an eagle – ‘top of the food chain and with the best views of the world’.