A third place in last Sunday’s Drummond Trophy alerted us to 18 year old Robert Hassan’s form, so we thought we better have a word. His dad introduced him to cycling five years ago, initially mountain biking, and has mentored him ever since then, with Robert getting more into the road scene as he turned Junior a couple of years ago…
You have dropped MTB altogether now?
“Yes, I was better at the road so decided last year would be my final season racing as a mountain biker so I can fully focus my training and time doing road racing to maximise my chance of making it to the top.”
College or working?
“I’m in my first year studying Civil Engineering at Strathclyde.
“It’s pretty heavy going but interesting at the same time. Good thing is most days you get let out after lunch which means you have time to get out on the bike.”
Any relation to the legendary Dave Hassan?
“Yep, he’s my Uncle and was a powerhouse in the 80’s and part of the team who won the British TTT champs 1988. Hope I get strong as him in the future!”