MEET YOUR COACH: ROB LEE
We’re very fortunate to have one of the top endurance coaches in the world, Rob Lee, partnering with us to make sure that you are ready for anything that The U.P. has to offer. He’s been talking to Todd about the unique challenges of our terrain and has built these training planson the outstanding TrainingPeaks platform.
ROB THE COACH
Rob is a full time TrainingPeaks Level 2 coach, who specialises in endurance sport, cycling and mountain biking. He coaches athletes at all levels looking to improve their performance. His current athletes include 2 world champions, an ex Olympian, and a professional motor racing driver on the Porsche Works endurance team. Past successes in coaching include: two elite World champions and one age group World championships medalist, a European champion, three National champions and six National championships medalists. He can be contacted directly through RLP Coachingor via TrainingPeaks.
ROB THE ATHLETE
Rob raced as an elite category cross country mountain bike athlete 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 in the UK. After accumulating an extensive collection of victories in big races in the UK, Europe 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. His palmarès includes victories in road racing, time trial, off-road duathlon, mountain bike cross country, cyclo-cross and mountain bike marathon. In 2013 Rob was inducted into the UK mountain biking Hall of Fame.
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It’s all about community.
While a lot of races out there are run by for-profit companies, that’s not the case for Marji Gesick, Polar Roll and The Crusher. All of our events are productions of the 906 Adventure Team, a 501(c)3 whose mission is to empower people to become the best version of themselves through outdoor adventure. We don’t have a large staff of people (two, to be exact) or significant overhead, and that enables us to donate a significant portion of race revenues in two ways:
- Since 2015, we’ve given back more than $110,000 to the trail-builders of RAMBA, NTN, Sisu Dirt Crews, WinMan and the DCNT.
- We also support youth adventure programs in three communities, investing over $35,000 this year alone in equipment, training, and gear to remove barriers for all kids. Our summer and after-school programs now have over 350 participants, and spots fill up as quickly as Marji Gesick. There is a need we’re trying to fill: to connect kids with their communities and get them off devices.