Robin Carpenter

Rally Pro Cycling Team
https://rallycycling.com/team/robin-carpenter/

Race Highlights

1st Stage 2 Tour of Britain 2021
1st Jersey violet.svg Mountains classification Tour de Luxembourg 2019
2nd La Roue Tourangelle 2019
2nd Paris–Chauny 2019

Every cycling media outlet is asking Robin about his stage win and brief stint in the leader’s jersey at the Tour of Britain. Naturally, we thought this was the perfect time to ask him about his most embarrassing musical preference. We sent him a list of mostly non sequiturs, and he was generous enough to take time out from his racing program (and answering congratulatory messages) to respond.

We learned a lot about Robin’s origin story, including early entrepreneurial leanings, some good advice for aspiring young cyclists who are feeling overwhelmed by unrealistic performance expectations, and a classic first-bike anecdote. He also has some advice for established cyclists who maybe take socks a little too seriously.

Oh, and the embarrassing music? It starts with an “S” and ends with a “krillex.” We have nothing against dubstep, but we should note that, when he listens to it, Robin’s often not in his right mind. Intervals are involved.

Read on to learn more about Rally’s accomplished all-rounder.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
When I was only 15 years-old, my father and I were trying to find a coach, my first coach in cycling. One of the guys that we talked to said that I would be “starting” with a schedule of twenty hours a week, and that we “would go from there.” I was so dismayed and intimidated that I cried on the way home despairing that I would never be able to even try. It turned out that even as a full-time professional I wouldn’t often train more than 20 hours a week, let alone as a kid.

My favorite FE product is chocolate Ultragen. A lot of times it’s hard to have a proper meal prepared for when I return home from training, but with Ultragen it’s super easy to have a recovery shake right when I get back and know that I’m not missing out on the glycogen window too much while I make myself some real food.

 

MY NUTRITION PLAN


Q&A


What’s your favorite First Endurance product (and flavor) and why?
My favorite FE product is chocolate Ultragen. A lot of times it’s hard to have a proper meal prepared for when I return home from training, but with Ultragen it’s super easy to have a recovery shake right when I get back and know that I’m not missing out on the glycogen window too much while I make myself some real food.

What’s your favorite race to ride? And/or to watch?
Favorite race has got to be Philly. I grew up watching the race and selling lemonade on the wall; in fact, the race is what got me into bike racing as a teenager. I would love to see the race come back one day, ideally when I’m still a professional, but even if I’ve retired it will always be a great course.

What’s the most embarrassing music you listen to?
If I have a lot of tough intervals to do and I need to turn my brain off I still listen to Dubstep (i.e., Skrillex) every once in a while. I can’t say it’s pleasant – but neither are intervals, so it’s a match made in heaven.

What sport are you the worst at?
Name any sport involving hand-eye coordination and a ball and I would say they are tied for top of the list.

How did you get started in the sport?
My dad turned 40 in the year 2001 when I was only 9 years old, and he bought a new hybrid bike for the first time in many years. He was trying to lose weight and get in shape. It wasn’t too long before I was asking to tag along on rides with him on weekends. As the years progressed I slowly got better; I rode my first century when I was 12, but I did start properly racing until I was 16.

What’s been the highlight of your racing career?
The highlight of my racing career was probably winning the overall at the Tour of Alberta in 2016 by only one second. Earlier that year I had a bad crash at a training race. I broke my back and had a lingering concussion for over a month. It was a brutal recovery process and I faced a lot of mental barriers, but in the end I was the best I’ve ever been.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
When I was only 15 years-old, my father and I were trying to find a coach, my first coach in cycling. One of the guys that we talked to said that I would be “starting” with a schedule of twenty hours a week, and that we “would go from there.” I was so dismayed and intimidated that I cried on the way home despairing that I would never be able to even try. It turned out that even as a full-time professional I wouldn’t often train more than 20 hours a week, let alone as a kid.

If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?
Flying, 100%. I already feel invisible to most other human beings on the street in this day and age. Flying would literally let you float above the chaos – and think of all the places you could spontaneously visit.

What’s the first thing you’d do if you won $50 million in the lottery?
Pay off my house.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I never had an answer for this and I still don’t. People often ask what I’ll do after professional cycling. I still don’t have an answer.

Describe your first bike.
My first bike was a black Mongoose that I got on some birthday when I was very young, had to be younger than 7. It was hidden beneath a white bed sheet at the park.

In the absence of sponsor requirements, what is the correct sock height and color?
The correct sock height is anything that feels good and you think looks good. Ride without socks if you want! I don’t care!