Rob constantly strives to inspire others and challenge themselves, a mountain biker renowned for adventure and endurance. From cross country to solo endurance around the world, after victory in a Masters Solo World Championships in 2005 he progressed onto long distance riding.
Rob Lee was an elite category cross country racer throughout the late 90s (ranked No.10 in the UK in 1998) before making a successful transition to solo endurance racing in 2003. He went on to become one of most successful and influential solo endurance racers this country has produced so far. After accumulating an envious collection of victories in some of the biggest races in the UK, Europe, New Zealand and Canada, including a Masters 24 hour Solo World Championships title in 2005, he then progressed onto long-distance challenges. Rob was the first rider to complete the infamous South Downs Double unsupported and changed the history of that challenge in the process.
Whilst many would be rightly proud of his accomplishments as an athlete his biggest contribution has to be his continuous dedication to helping others. The common theme throughout his two decades in the sport has been the support, encouragement and inspiration he always includes as an integral part of everything he does in cycling. He was the the founder of The Seven Deadly Spins – an inspirational website that promotes long-distance trail challenges in the UK. He founded and managed the Extreme Endurance team from 2004 through to 2010. The core policy of the team was to take unknown riders and teach them how to race well, support their peers, and promote their sport. Many of these riders went on to become the dominant racers of solo endurance today. Always and ambassador, he was a key person in the Exposure 24 Hour National Championships becoming a qualifying event for the 24 Hours of adrenalin Solo World Championships in 2010, which saw the highest ever participation of UK athletes in the latter race. Rob has been a volunteer skills instructor and coach for many clubs and organisations over the past 20 years and still dedicates a fair chunk of his spare time to volunteer work and activities.
Rob currently manages and sponsors new UK team The Bike Picture, is a team member of the Kinesis Morvelo Project, a sports ambassador and influential speaker for Endurancelife. He works part time as a cycle mechanic in his home town, runs his own cycle coaching business RL Performance. Also a regular guest contributor to many of the UK websites and publications, he has written his own book – Endurance Within – has contributed to 2 other authors books, was a featured athlete in the Reset Films bike movie Find and is currently co-writing an endurance training manual. Every now and then he can still be found with a number on his bars racing on a hillside somewhere around the country!