Being an average all-round sportsman through high school, it was only after becoming inspired by the television coverage of the 1988 Seoul Olympics and learning to ‘ride every day’ that Robert began a fascinating life journey through cycling.
Eventful career experiences ranged from winning dual 1991 Australian Road Championships to a World Masters Title in 2002; dizzy downers of bone-crushing crashes to an Order of Australia Medal; puncturing in an Olympic final in 1992 – and then surviving court battles to Paralympic Gold in 2004.
Since 1996 pro-cycling retirement, Robert has pursued a career vision in psychology for health and fitness, studying psychology and consulting in mental health. His model mentor role has evolved further as athlete-advisor for Sydney’s Olympic Games, Anti-Drug Campaign AOC speaker, Olympic sports commentator, and World Record tandem-pilot for Kieran Modra, Athens 2004. Currently, Rob directs the ever-popular Ridewiser cycling programs based in Melbourne, Australia, aiming to educate for cycling as a way of life and alleviation of community illness and obesity.
1989 Inaugural Winner Mt Buller ABOM Challenge (Amatuer)
1990 Defending Winner Mt Buller ABOM Challenge (Professional)
1991 Selection: Barcelona Olympic Road Squad
1991 Winner Amateur Tour of Austria
1991 Australian Road Race Champion
1991 Australian Road Time-trial Champion
1992 King of The Mountains Tour de Taiwan
1992 Barcelona Olympic Cycling Team Time Trial
1993 Winner Darling Harbor Criterium, Commonwealth Bank Classic
1993 2nd Place Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic
1993 Victorian Institute of Sport ‘Athlete of the Month’ (twice)
1993 Victorian Institute of Sport – Public Speaker & Athlete Mentor
1994 G.C.10th Herald-Sun Tour (2nd Sprint Jersey) Jayco Pro Cycling Team, Aust.
1995 Winner 3x Victorian Road Titles (91,93,95) Sportscover Pro Cycling Team, Aust.
1998 Bachelor Degree – App. Sci. Psychophysiology
1999 Aust.Inst.Sport (AIS) Athlete Advisor for Olympic Games 2000
2000 Aust. Olympic Committee, Anti-Drugs in Sport Speaker & Presenter
2000 Sports Commentator, Sky News Channel, Sydney Olympic Games
2002 World Masters M1 Criterium Champion (Melbourne)
2003 Ridewiser Consultancy – Cycling Education Services (business commenced)
2004 World Record 4000m Tandem Pursuit (4mins 21.451)
2004 Athens Paralympic Games Gold Medallist (pilot)