Rob Pears (pictured centre) has been a member of BCC since 1987 and is probably the country’s top amateur racing cyclist.His racing achievements are prodigious. Rob entered his first 10 mile time trial race in 1989.
Rob gained his 1st Category road racing licence (the highest level) in 1995 but then mainly focused on time trials where cyclists ride against the clock starting at one minute intervals.
Since starting racing Rob has entered over 1000 events that have included mass start road races, time trials and triathlons and was only unable to finish 11 events due to punctures and one collision with a car. In triathlon Rob has represented Team GB in 1999, 2000 and 2004.
For a number of years Rob focused on time trialing events achieving 444 outright wins at 10 miles, 15 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles. Pears has six Veteran Time Trial Association (VTTA) National Champion wins and five Road Time Trial Council National age-related championship wins to his name. Pears is also the holder of 12 National Age-Related time trial records and 15 West Veteran Time Trial records.
Pears has also won the West Time Trials Association “Hard Rider Series” a record number of ten times. The Hard Rider Series comprises non-standard distances over what is often termed, “Sporting Courses” or in laymen’s terms very demanding hilly circuits. In 2011 Pears was in the top ten in the National 10 mile Time Trial championships just behind a much younger Bradley Wiggins. Currently Rob holds all of the BCC time trial records at 10, 15, 25, 50 & 100 miles. This is an achievement unlikely to be bettered in the near future.
If all this wasn’t enough last year saw Pears renew his interest in road racing entering and winning the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ Championship three times and is the current champion in road racing, criterion’s and time trials.
Rob has achieved levels of excellence through sheer hard work and dedication to training despite holding down his work as a dentist and bringing up a family.