I had a chat with Rob Wilkins the other week and learnt a bit more about his 2011 season. After two strong seasons for Stirling BC he’s moving to Velo Ecosse with clubmate Eddie Addis.
Rob is looking forward to the coaching and tactics that will come from the director Gregor Russell, who runs the team to promote his shop in Edinburgh. Rob started out doing road races and consistently found himself at the sharp end last year, in the Super Six series and elsewhere. However, often racing on his own, in a breakaway surrounded by Endura riders, it could be difficult to get results. Working with 1st Cat Phil Brown, who missed all of last year after breaking a hip in the winter, and Eddie Addis, who is also moving from Stirling to Velo Ecosse, the team looks strong for 2011.
Above is Rob racing the Stirling club-confined 10 mile TT in 2009. Expect to see him racing more time trials in yellow, red and blue colours in 2011. He seemed to have a few options for who to ride for this season, but one of the draws of Velo Ecosse was the time trial bikes and kit that were available. I have no desire to own one, (ie a TT bike) he said – a sentiment I can empathise with. Time trialling might be a discipline that would suit me too, but the cost of a bike, skinsuit, aero helmet is prohibitive. Clip-on bars for me then.
Rob has majored in road races but has found strength transfers well to the race against the clock. 2nd place in last year’s Tour de Trossachs is testament to that, and Gregor will get him on a Giant TT bike, like Phil Brown below. Picture by Veloresults
see also: Interview with Rob 2010