Noel was born in 1952 into a farming family in the Riverina. He has three brothers and a sister, and three children. They are all cyclists.
Noel’s dad rode a bike in Southern NSW and Northern Victoria, looking for work in the 1940s. Bikes were part of everyday living in the family as they were for most farming families.
They moved to central Queensland in 1954. A milestone in growing up was being big enough to ride a bike. Kids would try to speed that up with the trick of putting a leg through the frame. The family lived a few miles from town. Everyone rode to school.
In the late 60's the family was on a farm out of Griffith NSW. Noel worked on farms at the weekends and rode to the jobs on his bike.
In 1970-71 he spent a year in Wisconsin (USA) as an exchange student. There was no bike connection in the US but this was still a big experience and ever since then Noel has always wanted to travel.
Back in Australia he moved to Sydney and the first few years of an economics degree. He bought a second hand bike. It is the post-school years where many people leave regular cycling only to wish later they had kept it up. But, Noel was back on a bike.