rob scullion interview
rob scullion interview

Rider, racer and industry man, Rob Scullion has a lot going on. He is Continental’s main man on the ground here in the UK, popping up at trade shows, demo days and races, usually spending most of his summertime weekends under an EZ–UP. He always has a smile on his face (well whenever he comes to Dirt HQ he does) and is always up for a chat...

From Dirt Issue 139 - September 2013

Words by Mike Rose. Photo by Ben Winder.

Who is Rob Scullion?

A person who is trying to balance work, life and riding. I have an awesome job working with some cool people.

Where do you live?

Macclesfield, on the edge of the Peaks.

What’s your job title?

Sales Manager (North) Continental.

What do you do?

I help with the day to day management of key accounts, marketing for the MTB and Tech rep for dealers.

How long have you worked for Continental?

It will be eight years this Christmas.

How did you land the job?

I applied for the job of my boss’ assistant after my first year at Uni, and I ended up getting it… I have never looked back. 

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I worked in a yoghurt factory. It was fairly soul destroying.

Where’s your favourite place?

North coast of Ireland or a nice beach in Turkey.

Where’s your favourite place to ride?

Innerleithen and the Fort William local’s trails… so good!

When are you happiest?

On my bike with friends and traveling with my girlfriend.

What makes you angry?

People who complain about everything, and do nothing about it. Litter on trails, why do people do it?

What makes you happy?

Riding a trail with friends so fast that it’s getting a bit wild. Such a good feeling.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Not to worry what other people think of you, it makes life very simple.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given?

I don’t think I’m mature enough to be dispensing advice just yet.

What are your extravagances?

My girlfriend and I just bought a new car, it’s meant to be a compromise… it’s quite a fast compromise. I like to eat out, especially curry. Nice coffee is also high on the agenda.

Who do you admire?

My grandparents and parents, Steve Peat for being rad, always. And anyone who attacks problems head on.

What’s the most important thing in your life?

My health, my family and my girlfriend. Anything after that is a bonus.

What would you never throw away?

I’m not a hoarder, so I don’t really hang on to things.

What’s your greatest fear?

Not having the use of my limbs.

What was your luckiest escape?

Me and a friend had a heavy awning weight land between us from a great height, I reckon it would have killed us had it hit us.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Roll out of my dribble and turn the coffee machine on.

What would be your dream meal?

A buffet, with all the chefs from my favourite restaurants.

What things do you always carry with you?

Wallet, phone and keys.

Do you have any regrets?

None, I don’t worry about that kind of stuff.

What’s the most important lesson that you’ve learnt?

Don’t take things for granted.

If you could have dinner with three famous people (dead or alive) who would they be?

Phil Lynott, Howard Hughes and Steve Peat.

Who is your favourite rider?

Steve Peat for being the man, Sam Blenkinsop for being a charger and Jared Graves for being the best all round bike rider on the planet.

What’s your favourite bike product of all time?

RockShox Reverb and disc brakes that don’t boil.

What’s your least favourite bike product of all time?

Rim brakes, they were just shit.

What’s your favourite motto or saying?

‘Ave it’.

What bike are you riding at the moment?

Orange Alpine 160, custom build. NS Metropolis DJ bike and a Lapierre Xelius road bike.

What are you listening to at the moment?

White Lies and Pretty Lights.

What one thing would you change about yourself?

Have my eyes fixed, they’ve been screwed since I was in primary school. I reckon I’d be World Champ by now if I could see where I was going.

What are your weaknesses?

Cake.

What does the future hold for you?

Bikes and traveling, hopefully together.

What does the future hold for mountain biking?

Hopefully some more uplift/lift centres in the UK. You can’t beat smashing out runs, and not having to get on a plane to do it. Antur Stiniog and Revolution are awesome.

How would you like to be remembered?

Hopefully a nice person, but you can’t please everyone!

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