The Amy D. Foundation in conjunction with Starlight Apparel is please to announce Emily Robbins as our Gravel ambassador for the 2023 season. Emily Robbins has a long and storied history in cycling from riding with the U.S. team in Europe and at the World Championships multiple times, placing on the podium at road nationals to riding with powerhouse Team Saturn and placing on the podium several times including a win at Tour de l’Aude Cycliste Feminine.

Emily Robbins was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. Robbins grew up playing soccer, swimming, skiing and occasionally riding a bicycle with family. After suffering a hip injury playing collegiate soccer in 1992, Emily used cycling to maintain fitness and was encouraged by a local racer to try cycling as a sport in 1994. Emily began racing in the spring of 1995 and quickly found success at local races. In 1997, Robbins joined the Shaklee Women’s Cycling Team and was the Best Young Rider at the HP Women’s Challenge in Idaho and was invited to join the US National Team to race in Europe for the rest of the 1997 season, ultimately competing in the Grande Boucle Feminine Internationale. Emily won her first international race at the Tour de l’Aude Cycliste Feminine inMay 1998, prompting an invitation to race for the Saturn Cycling Team. Emily raced for Saturn from June 1998 until her retirement from the sport in February 2000. During that time, Emily excelled in the ITT, climbing and serving as a domestique and participated in the 1998 and 1999 World Championships with the US National Team. Emily was third in that US Individual Time Trial Championships in 1999 and 13th at the 1999 World Championships in the ITT. Emily left cycling in February 2000 due to injury and health concerns. Following retirement, Emily attended the University of Colorado at Denver, graduating with Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Psychology in 2005.

Emily attended medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2010-2014, completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2018 and a Fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine in 2019. From 2006-2017, Emily participated in marathon and ultramarathon running events with some success at the local level, ultimately returning to cycling in 2020 after suffering a foot injury. In 2021, Emily found her way back to the bicycle and love for riding through gravel racing. Today, Emily enjoys competing in endurance gravel races, supporting local riders and organizations and serves as an attending physician and Medical Director at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Richmond, VA.

 

 

Emily Robbins 2023 race schedule:

2/19/2023       Monstercross, Richmond, VA

3/11/2023       Gravel Battle of Sumter Prest Greenville, SC

3/17-19/2023 Amy D. Foundation Gravel Camp

4/1/2023         Saluda Redbank 100, Greenville, SC

4/22/2023      Rockstar gravel Harrisonburg to Roanoke VA

5/6/2023        Mammoth endurance gravel, Wellsboro, PA

5/13/2023      Gravista, Buena Vista, VA

5/20/2023     Mohican 100 mtn bike, Loudonville, OH

6/2/2023       Unbound XLEmporia, KS

6/17/2023      Greenwood gravel grinder Greenville, SC

7/8/2023        Tushar Crusher, Beaver, UT

7/15/2023      Tyron Gravel Gallop, Greenville, SC

7/22/2023      Wilderness 101, Coburn, PA

8/12/2023      Leadville 100 mtn, Leadville, CO

8/20/2023     SBT grvlSteamboat, CO1miles

8/26/2023     Kershaw Gold Rush Greenville, SC

10/8/2023     Unpaved, Lewisburg, PA

10/21/2023    Big Sugar gravel, Bentonville, AR

11/4/2023       Appalachian Mountaineer, New Castle, VA

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