In 1996, downhiller Rob Warner became the first ever British rider to win a round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, taking a historic win at Kaprun, Austria. The following year, riding for Giant Bicycles, he was crowned the UK National Downhill Champion, and he defended his title in 1998. He won the national title for a third and final time in 2001.
However, to many fans, he is better known for his his larger-than-life personality and as a shouty commentator of World Cup and World Championship downhill rounds. His unique style and witty one-liners (‘he’s gone down harder than the U.S economy!’) have also landed him the UK commentary gig for Redbull X Fighters, first on Sky and currently on Dave.
Rob was born on 16th November 1970 in Reading, and turned pro in 1993. There is no doubt that he was a world-class downhiller, as his landmark result in Austria proved, but his love of a party meant he couldn’t stay at the top for long - he was put off by the training needed to compete against a new generation of riders for whom healthy living was key.
So began his second career, putting to good use his undoubted talent to talk incessantly about the sport to anyone who cares. And it’s not just race commentary - since 2012, he has fronted his own online show, Rob’s Dirty Business, giving fans an off-beat look at the downhill circuit from each round of the World Cup.
- Age: 43
- Nationality: England