Rob Warner is one of the most well-known personalities on the mountain bike scene, famous for his unique style of commentary and witty one-liners at events including the downhill and cross country rounds of the World Cup, first with Freecaster and now with Red Bull.
Since 2012, he has also fronted his own online show for Red Bull called Rob’s Dirty Business, in which he takes an off-beat look at each round of the World Cup, featuring stars such as Gee Atherton, Brook MacDonald and Aaron Gwinn.
However, Rob isn’t just mouth – he can back up his commentary with years of experience on the race circuit. He turned pro as a mountain biker in 1993 at the age of 22, was the first British rider to win a round of the World Cup in 1996 at Kaprun, Austria, and, riding for Giant, was a regular fixture on the pro downhill scene for a decade. His triumphs included three UK national downhill titles, in 1997, 1998 and 2001.
His loose style and raucous behaviour during his years on the circuit earned him many admirers, but his lifestyle was not conducive to a long career and he was put off by the training regime and healthy-living ethic needed to compete against the new generation. His move to the commentary box, and TV shows such as You Bet! and The Weakest Link, was a natural progression.