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4Robie Peterson

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Team: Team Peterson Racing

Sponsors: ASV, Dunlop, Engine Ice, Gearne, K&N, Malcolm Smith, Pole Position, Pro Circuit, RK, Troy Lee Designs, Universal

birthplace:
Bellflower, CA
name:
Robie Peterson
website:
http://www.teampetersonracing.com
How did you get into MX, BMX, MTB? And how old were you when you started riding?
3 years old. My Dad is a 5 time World Hillclimb Champion and he got me started climbing when I was 5 years old.

Where did you grow up?
Yorba Linda, CA

How long have you been riding for TLD?
I have been wearing a painted TLD helmet since 1987 and fully geared from head to toe since 1999.

List three goals you have for the upcoming season.
1. Win the 0-700 Ex. Championship; 2. Help contribute to a win for the USA Team at the Hillclimb Des Nation in France; 3. Finish with a better overall number than I did in 2005

What do you like to do when you're not riding?
Race go carts at Pole Position, spend time with my dog, hang out with my family, go to watch any form of motorsports racing, play basketball and BMX riding.

Do any riders influence or inspire your style?
No riders or athletes really influence or inspire my style. I think I pretty much have a style of my own. I am more influenced and inspired by how the "true professionals" of their sports represent themselves and treat their fan base.

What bands/music are you into?
Social Distortion, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Mike Ness, Sublime, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave just to name a few. It really just depends on the mood I am in or wanna be in.

List a few highlights of your career.
2005 "King of the Hill" By Sky Thunder Nationals; Member of the USA Hillclimb Team 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003-2006; 2002 NAHA 0-600cc Pro-Altered Champion; 1996, 1999 & 2000 0-700 Great American Hillclimb Champion; 1995 & 2000 Open Ex. Great American Hillclimb Champion; 5-time Mini Hillclimb Champion

What's your favorite race/event and why?
I would have to say that my favorite event would have to be the Hillclimbs we go to in France. The atmosphere is like a rock concert and there is nothing better than being able to represent my country in a sport that I hold close to my heart.

If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
I don't even know where to start on this topic.

What's your idea of an epic day riding?
An epic day of riding for a hillclimber like me is in the California winter out at Beaumont. After a storm I like tearing into the green grassy hills out there. I have climbed a lot of places, but Beaumont is Paradise in the winter.

What's the best thing about being a pro rider?
The best thing for me as a professional athlete is a little hard to narrow down to just one. I get to travel, free product from my sponsors, money and the adrenaline on a hillclimb second to none for me. I really enjoy the kids at the races the most when they want autographs and posters. I could spend all day talking to them.

Which TLD products are you using?
Everything

If you weren't a professional athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
I would like to be involved in the motorcycle industry in some way. MAybe a hillclimb school or promoting a hillclimb event. It is one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing and it would be cool to bring it back into the main stream of the industry.

Who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank God for my talents, blessings and opportunities presented to me. My Mom, Dad and family members for all the love, support and determination year after year. To all of my sponsors past and present that have helped us set the standard in the sport of hillclimbing. All my friends that have been on the band wagon since back in the day (You know who you are!) Most of all a special thanks to Troy Lee and his family of employees that make us look good on the hill and atop the podium.

Any words of wisdom?
Count your blessings!