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.