Robb Hampton

Robb_Hampton

Height: 6’1”

December Weight: 180 lbs.

Race Weight: “165 lbs. Yeah, I know I have a long way to go!”

Birthdate: April 21st, 1975

Childhood Heroes: “Cal Ripken Jr, Don Mattingly, Mickey Mantle, Larry Bird, Hank Aaron, Wilber Marshall, John Riggins, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Martin Luther King Jr, my grandfather.”

Hobbies and Interests: “Cycling, hiking, running, surfing, writing, occasional video games, reading, environmental affairs, conservation, sustainable living.”

Favorite Movies:Donnie Darko, Rocky, Fight Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Reservoir Dogs, Star Wars Trilogy, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost
Ark, The Usual Suspects
.”

Musical Tastes: “Punk Rock, Rap, Alternative Rock, 90’s Grunge, Reggae, Classic Rock, Electronica, 80’s Metal, Ambient, House.”

Favorite TV Shows:Lost, True Blood, Entourage, Dexter, The Office, Heroes.”

Favorite Meal: “Angus Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger and Old Bay French Fries with lots of vinegar.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Honey Nut Cheerios.”

Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “Oatmeal with peanut butter, maple syrup, and banana washed down with a French- press of coffee.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.”

Childhood Dream: “To be an NFL quarterback.”

First Car: “1977 Pontiac Bonneville.”

First Job: “Front Desk at a swimming pool/tennis court club.”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “Surfing in Costa Rica, skiing in Colorado, sightseeing in Europe.”

Pre-Race Feeling: “This depends on how fit I am. If I’m fit and peaking, I feel nervous excitement. If unprepared, I am just nervous!”

Early Racing Memory: “Getting dropped in a Cat-4/5 road race during my first race ever. Hairy legs, lungs filled with smoke from the night before, a total hangover. The course was even pancake flat. That’s when I knew I had to change my lifestyle.”

Funny Racing Memory: “I was in the Poolesville Road Race a few years ago and crashed entering into a dirt road section. I got back on and finished the race. A fellow rider looked at my blood trickling down my leg during the crash and said, ‘Robb, you look pro as shit!’ For some reason, I held onto that memory as being funny.”

Greatest Racing Moment: “Being in a 70-mile, 12-man break at the Seaford Road Race in 2005. Although we got caught with less than 5 miles to go, my teammate slipped off the front and won the race. Epic day.”

Most Painful Moment In Life: “One of my best friends dying in a car accident when I was 16.”

Worst Injury from Racing: “Not while racing – getting hit by a car while training/commuting to work in Washington, D.C. I broke my leg after flying over the roof of a kid’s car. I must have been going over 35 mph.”

Closest Racing Friends: “All my Bike Doctor buds, my old Harley Davidson teammates, too! Ben Landers is probably one of my closest friends since I started racing, but we never ride together.”

Funniest Racer: “Although he’s not racing anymore, Ben Landers! He needs to make a comeback!”

Favorite Race: “Poolesville High School Road Race, Lancaster County Road Races. Lately, I’m learning to like technical crits and cyclo-cross races.”

Embarrassing Racing Memory: “Learning that I forgot my bike while driving to a race. Luckily, I was by myself so nobody knew – until now.”

Toughest Competitors: “All the tough guys in the Mid-Atlantic who crush it.”

Favorite Athletes to Watch: “I love watching good quarterbacks play football. I also like to watch athletes who are just on top of their game. Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordon, Kobe Bryant, Tom Boonen, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer…”

Qualities You Most Admire in People: “Sense of humor and being a nice person are tied for number-one.”

What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “I like how riding my bike not only keeps me in shape physically but it also attempts to keep my mind in good shape, too.”