Robbie McEwen is an Australian former professional road bicycle racer. He last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour and is now a technical advisor for the team. Asa triple winner of the Tour de France's green jersey sprinters' classification at his peak he was considered one of the fastest sprinters in the world.
A former Australian BMX champion, McEwen switched to road racing in 1990 at 18. He raced as a professional from 1996 until 2012. McEwen lives in Australia with his Belgian wife Angelique Pattyn, his son Ewan, and his daughters Elena and Claudia. In 2011 he published an autobiography, One Way Road. McEwen has lived a long time in the Belgian town of Everbeek and is fluent in Dutch.
Robbie retired from the World Tour after riding the 2012 Tour of California and is ready to taste victory again this time in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
The most enjoyable was winning bike races, but being part of a team and working together to get those victories is always a special atmosphere when you do it with eight or nine guys and you pull of a big win like in the Tour de France.
Tell me about your first car?
My first car was a Datsun 200V station wagon, I think it had a max speed of 93km/h
You’ll learn an array of new driving skills during Driver Training, what are you most looking forward to learning and why?
I am looking forward to learning how to be a racer, hit those apexes and get the right lines, I’m just looking forward to being competitive.
Do you know anyone that has competed in the Celebrity Challenge before? If yes, what advice have they provided? If not, who would you most likely call on for tips and why?
I’ve spoken to Anna Meares and Chris Hoy, the track cycling legends. They haven’t really given me any advice they have just told me how much fun they had and that they would do it again in a second.
Do you follow Formula One? What’s your favourite Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix or Formula One memory or experience?
I do follow the Formula One. I think for me getting down onto the grid a couple of years ago right before the start and feeling the anticipation and the engines starting up, just being next to it all was the best memory.