Philippa 'Pip' Hendren

Philippa 'Pip' Hendren

Phillipa Hendren at the Thuringen-Rundfhart (Germany), Prologue Time Trial circa. 1996

Philippa Hendren at the Thuringen-Rundfhart (Germany), Prologue Time Trial circa. 1996


On The Fly
As a young girl Pip liked to run. As long as her legs were taking her somewhere, she was happy.

By age 12 Pip was already honing the skills that would take her to where she is today. She was training and was competitive in running races with the tutoring help of a professional coach. Although she tried team sports as well, Pip found that running, or more accurately perhaps, her legs, were her forte'. Up until age 25, Pip would continue to compete at high levels of running on road, track, and cross country with many successes from High School events through to National Championships. Running was in the blood, and a particularly special moment for her was when she received a certificate at a Cross Country Champ race that had a picture of her own father racing in the corner.

The Transition To Cycling
After a long and achievement filled running career, Pip was still young enough at 25 yrs of age to consider a move to something different. With her strong running background, and the leg strength and cardio needed for Triathlons, this seemed like the natural progression for her. Competing in Triathlons was a tough call. In 1991, when Pip started to race competitively, there were no age groups for her, just the Pro Women category. Although making good time in both the running and cycling legs, her swimming let her down, and her full time job didn't allow the time she needed to train for three different disciplines at that level. Still, finishing races in the top 15 was still a very satisfying result, but Pip likes to set her goals higher than that. 

Life Takes A New Direction
During her early triathlon years, Pip met a her husband to be, Shayne who was already well established in the cycling fraternity. The couple were married later in 1991, and with Shayne's support and guidance, Pip's cycling went from strength to strength, and soon it was evident that she may well be better to compete as a cyclist in road and track events rather than triathlons. In 1994, Shayne finally suggested that Pip make the move to road cycling and leave triathlon behind. Off came the tri-bars and away went Pip.

Pip in the height of her sucessful running career prior to cyclingPip with some of her 1996 Womens Tour de Feminine (France), Ebly International Womens Team (riders Tia Vikstedt-Nyman, Elizabeth Emery)

In The Deep End
With Shayne (being an elite rider with national and international level experience) and his best mate Mike Leahy, training with the boys was truly jumping in the deep end and positive results came quickly.

Pip soon earned silver and bronze medals at State Metropolitan and Road Championships. Although she doesn't count herself as a sprinter or criterium rider, her medals from state criterium championships suggest otherwise. However, climbing was her true love and she fared well on the slopes and mountains. She soon was competing in high profile womens races across Australia and New Zealand as well.

Taking It As far As Possible
Her list of cycling achievements grew steadily from local competitions through to gaining a Qld Academy Of Sport Scholarship. Pip began to race internationally as well and was an Oceanic Games Cycling Representative.

When she was called upon to turn professional in 1996, Pip took it with both legs, and headed to Switzerland to ride for a Swiss cycling Professional trade team. The hilly criterium circuits suited non-sprinters and Pip loved them. 

Her resume took a stark upward turn as she competed in some of the biggest events in women's cycling such as the Tour De Feminine in France, the ladies version of the Men's Tour de France. Get her talking about this and she lights up a room as she remembers the crowds, and finishing on top of the famed Col Du Tourmalet in the hardest tour she ever raced. Other notable races she remembers fondly are the Rundfahrt Women's Tour in Germany, Tour of Switzerland, and races in the USA such as the Power Bar International Women's Tour in Idaho. 

Pip breaks away at the 1999 Australian Road Nationals, Hinze Dam, Gold Coast

Life After Racing
In 2001 Pip and husband Shayne put all their extensive experience and knowledge into the huge project of building a boutique bike shop from the ground up in a building, best described as derelict, in Brisbane's northern suburb of The Grange. Pip and Shayne designed and refitted this store themselves with the objective of opening a store "a little different from the rest". After a lot of hard work they did find their "niche" in the market place. The name VELO became synonymous with service, quality and the place to go to for your high-end bicycle.

After 9 years, Velo Bicycles out grew the premises in The Grange, and was moved to a new building in Wilston. VELO Bicycles Wilston opened January 2009, bigger and better than before. Later in 2010, Shayne and Pip sold Velo Bicycles and after remaining to help manage and give transitional management support before moving on.

Doing What She Loves
Three years after selling Velo Bicycles, Pip is now back to doing what she loves so much, supporting her husband and being an integral piece of the successful partnership they have. They have sought out and refined their niche in the market place, further streamlining the level of service and product they offer to cyclists. Semi-Racer, is an exciting challenge that Pip is throwing herself into with a fervour she applies to all her life's endeavours. Like her husband Shayne, Pip has, after so many years using and selling cycling products and bikes, enjoyed the designing and building stage of the startling new shop, specifically detailed for servicing high end bikes and products, and selling a select inventory of bikes and brands they trust. 

The Quiet Achiever
Again, much like her husband, Pip is modest about her achievements and experience. But to those who know her, Phillippa Hendren is a gracious, beautiful personality, who quietly enjoys serving the customers with her extensive experience, and applying her driving desire to put a smile on the face of the customer. Another over achiever, Pip has made her own win in life, by applying the same traits that took her so far in competitive cycling. Perfection takes hard work, commitment, and love for what you do. Pip has that in spades.

Come into Semi-Racer and say hi to Pip, she would love to meet you.