Rob is one of those rare athletes that exhibit an undeniable authenticity without even meaning to. As down-to-Earth as they come, Rob has an affable nature that sits in harsh juxtaposition to his brutal and relentless power on the bike.
His calm demeanour belies an unrivalled determination and ability to push himself to the limits at every moment during in his short career. In what has been a winning combination, Rob has faced success, setbacks, and adventures that show a journey not often seen by other 20 year olds.
Robert started his cycling career at the Midlands Cycling Club in Perth; the same club that kick started the careers of Luke Durbridge and Cameron and Travis Meyer.
Initially a rugby player, a knee injury saw Rob find a passion for cycling and he competed at his first national championships at 14 years old.
Already a part of the Western Australia Institute of Sport, Rob burst onto the national scene in 2014 when he finished second behind Caleb Ewan in the U23 road race national championships. His ride caught the eye of national selectors, and earned him a place on the Jayco U23 National Team at the Herald Sun Tour where he managed fourth in the best young rider classification.
In February Rob won the U23 Oceania Championships, crossing the line second behind elite road race winner Luke Durbridge. Rob was rewarded for his sensational summer with a spot on the Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy U23 National Development Team.
Rob continued to impress on the world stage, notching up four victories and claiming best young rider at the UCI Tour of Azerbaijan. However Rob’s greatest accomplishment in 2014 came in August, when he finished 2nd overall in the Tour de L’Avenir – the first Australian to ever make the overall podium at the prestigious event known as the under-23 Tour de France.
In 2015, Rob finished sixth overall at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, and once again took out the best young rider award. Rob again made history, becoming the first Australian to win the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta in Italy.
An injury in 2016 delayed Rob’s debut neo-pro year with World Tour squad, Orica-SCOTT. Working throughout the year on rehab and recovery, Rob showed his determination and maturity to return to racing at the end of the season with the Tour of Britain. In a show of raw talent and sheer grit, Rob stunned cycling fans by finishing 3rd in the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race (1.HC) only one month after his return to racing.
In 2017, Rob begins his first full season as a World Tour professional, looking to develop his climbing skills further, and gaining experience the highest level of the sport.
UCI Road World Championships: 2014
UCI Junior Road World Championships: 2013
3rd – Japan Cup
1st – Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta
1st – Young Rider Classification Herald Sun Tour
4th – GP Giro Belvedere
5th – Stage 4 Herald Sun Tour
6th – Overall Herald Sun Tour
9th – U23 Road Race Cycling Australia Road National Championships
1st – 2014 GP Capodarco
1st – 2014 GP Poggiana
1st – 2014 Young Rider Classification Tour of Azerbaijan
1st – 2014 U23 Road Race Oceania Championships
1st – 2013 1st Trofeo Buffoni
1st – 2013 Stage 3 Giro Internazionale della Lunigiana
2nd – 2014 U23 Road Race Cycling Australia Road National Championships
2nd – 2014 Overall Tour de l’Avenir
2nd – 2014 Stage 6 Tour de l’Avenir
2nd – 2014 G.P. Palio del Recioto
3rd – 2014 Trofeo PIVA
4th – 2014 Prologue (ITT) Tour de l’Avenir
2nd Stage 2 Grand Prix Rüebliland SUI
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