Alan Robinson 16/05/1948 – 26/09/2011

Our friend and club mate Alan Robinson passed away on Monday 26th September after a one year battle with Leukemia.

Being a retired math teacher Alan had a sharp and analytical mind. For example, when it came to purchasing carbon wheels Alan would do the research, come up with graphs and statistics and subsequently make a choice that I knew was the right one. On one occasion, I told him what my TT time was and he immediately responded by telling me what my average speed must have been.

With Alan’s running background he came into the sport of cycling with a “big engine” felt no pain. Akuna Bay and West Head were his playground and few of us would have negotiated the twists and turns more often than he has. Alan was a “mountain goat” and he made sure we knew it, leaving many younger riders in his wake.

Alan’s finest moments came in May 2009 when he won the State Criterium Championships in Moruya and in October the same year, he achieved a Bronze medal in the World Master Time Trial Championships.

Alan was an enthusiastic racer with training programs, race strategies and a lot of heart. Last year while racing at Eastern Creek Alan got away with 1 other rider and effectively shelled B grade. It was a great effort and typified his approach to life, go as hard as you can and have no regrets.

Above all though, Alan was simply a super nice and giving person and he always took more interest in other peoples cycling success, than his own.

Alan was secretary of our Club, but more than that, he was a loving husband to Rowena, proud father of Scott, Bronwyn and Phillippa and a doting grandfather to Isla.

We shall all really miss him.

Norbert

6 Comments

  1. Craig Savage

    I met Alan a few years ago when I was asked to join him, Norbert and Roger to do the State team trial at Calga. That year we got the bronze medal for the 150+ category largely due to huge efforts put in by Alan and Norbert. (I mainly came along for the ride). Alan was an amazing athelete and a super super nice guy. He gave me advice, sent me links to articles he found on the net, and recommended books which I still refer to today. As Norbert said, he was keen, analytical, but above all, he took an interest in people and was very giving . I am very saddened to hear of his passing, and pass on my condolences to his family. Craig

  2. Antoni Mikac

    Alan was a great guy…who was always willing to help out!! He was at the races to help and beat a few riders. And he flogged me on the bike! We’ll miss you. RIP Alan!

  3. Mike Foster

    Alan was a classy rider who rode many of us off his wheel on more than one occasion. Always had a kind word for everyone and would pass on his wealth of experience on cycling and racing to those newer to the sport. He will be missed by all of us in the Manly Warringah cycle club. A true gentleman on and off the bike. RIP Alan

  4. Colin Carrigan

    RIP Alan , my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. jim

    Al was a great guy. He was always ready to help whether in running the club, helping out on races or on offering cycling tips.
    His experience, his commitment, his heart and his passion will be sorely missed.

  6. Scott Robinson

    Thank you Norbert, for composing this.

    Thank you also to all of the people in the MWCC fraternity. Though I may not have met you all, I know Dad was extremely fond of the club & the people within it. You all, & the pursuit of cycling itself, brought him so much joy.

    Dad first started taking me on rides (from Manly) out & around coal & candle creek when I was just 14. Whether cycling or running, he absolutely loved it out there.

    On behalf of our family, thank you once again for all you guys did for Dad.

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