Learn more about Robbie Hunter
The Change a Life African Cycle Tour was launched in September 2008 and has taken place annually since then. This annual event which is supported by South African
Robbie was the first South African ever to compete in the Tour de France back in 2001. He has to date started the Tour de France nine times and although he had to retire in stage 7 of this year’s event due to a crash, he has notched up significant previous performances in the epic race, the best of which was winning stage 17 and finishing second in the points competition in 2007.
Over a 15 year career Robbie has ridden with some of the world’s best teams, sucha as Garmin, Barloworld, Phonak and Rabobank, and represented South Africa at three Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Other highlights of his cycling career include winning a stage in all three grand tours, Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta Espana. He has amassed over 50 victories in five continents.
During his racing season Robbie lives in Oberarth, Switzerland with his wife Claudia and their daughters Mandy and Chloe, but when the cold of winter sets in he returns back to
Johannesburg for the warmth and sunshine. It’s no surprise that his favourite race is the Tour de France and he has developed a taste for Black Label beer and European food, most notably pizzocheri pasta, a unique northern Italian dish made with buckwheat flour.
Robbie may seem tough but he clearly has a big heart too – as demonstrated by his recent tweet: “Sometimes there are more important things than just racing. Can’t wait to be at ‘Change a Life’ ride. It’s a brilliant cause 4 every SAfrican.”
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