Sporting some of the best hair in the business, U23 rider Robbie Day surprised himself with a second place overall finish at the very first Pikes Peak APEX. The leading U23 rider is part of the Bear National Team, under the tutelage of Julia Violich, where aspiring elite riders receive the support they need to succeed at the highest level, focusing on personal growth, team work, communication, and comradery.
At just 18 years old, Robbie will be continuing his education this fall at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He started riding bikes at the age of 4, and learned to mountain bike when he was 10 years old at an Evergreen park district program. He started racing as a high school freshman with NICA. The outdoors just come naturally for Day, he also swims competitively, kayaks, paddleboards, hikes, camps and competes in off-road triathlon. In 2019 Robbie won the Xterra World Championship for the 15-19 age group.
Racing as a junior in 2019, Robbie took 2nd place in the USA Cycling Mountain National Championships for age 17-18. This year he’s racing with the UCI Elite Men finishing 7th at the Soldier Hollow Pro XCT, 13th then 9th in the two Fayetteville, AR, races, and then 11th at the Englewood Open. He aims to finish out the Pro XCT calendar and is definitely planning to crush again at the APEX in September!
Watch as we catch up with this rising talent and learn how Bear National Team has helped guide his career and how a “small, scrawny kid” managed to climb his way to the APEX podium. His words, not ours! Over Memorial Day weekend, Robbie competed at the Durango Iron Horse Classic, so as we were all throwing meats and veggies on the grill, he was suffering on the West Slope. Just the way he likes it. Though he also tells us his favorite foods on the bar-b-que, no word on if Ryan Standish has fed him any octo-dogs. Catch up with Robbie right here in our Rider Spotlight!
Robbie Day impressed in his first year of racing with the UCI Elite Men.