These days, retired Olympics and Tour de France veteran Robbie McEwen is having a blast.
After retiring from professional racing three years, the 43-year-old Australian has been travelling across the globe, offering advice to riders and clubs who need help in improving their skills.
“It was good. My transition from professional athlete to being a coach was pretty easy. Because when I retired, I knew what I was going to do after. I stayed and continued working from the other side, working with riders, and giving them technical advice,” said McEwen in an interview at the Ascott Hotel inside the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
McEwen talked about himself in the presence of organizer Fred Uytengsu of Sunrise Events, which is a partnership with Cycle Asia and BGC over the staging of the third edition of BGC-CycleAsia over the next three days.
Also present were CycleAsia CEO Chris Robb, BGC executive Marc Buencamino, Ascott Group’s Norman Lim.
Over 2,000 Filipino riders are seeing action in the various events offered by the bikefest, which includes the Tricycle Ride, the Kids’ Ride the 20-km Community ride and the 40-km Challenge.
He will be part of the much-awaited Ride with Robbie, which is a 40-km event.
This category allows Filipino riders a chance to ride with McEwen, a former yellow jersey wearer, and three-time Tour de France Green Jersey Sprinters classification winner.
McEwen has a colorful history as a pro rider. In 2002 McEwen became the first Australian to win the Points classification in the Tour de France.
He has won the points classification in the Tour de France three times in this race, in 2002, 2004 and again in 2006, beating rivals like fellow Australians Baden Cooke and Stuart O’Grady, and international competitors like Erik Zabel of Germany, Tom Boonen of Belgium and Thor Hushovd of Norway.
He also competed in the road race at the 1996 Summer Olympics and placed 23rd and in the 2000 Summer Olympics and reached 19th place.
He was part of the Australian team for the 1994 UCI Road Cycling World Championship in Italy, and the 2002 UCI Road Cycling World Championship in Belgium where he won a silver medal.
He saw action in the Tour de France 12 times, and had 12 stage wins before he retired.
Last year, he had an interaction with the national team and their coach Chris Allison when he visited the country.
He looks forward to seeing him and rubbing elbows with member of the national squad again.
Uytengsu said they are glad to bring back Cycle Asia in the country again, and said,” we look forward to bringing a fun and awesome safe rise along the roads of Metro Manila to the cyclists, young and old alike.
The fun begins on Saturday morning through the kiddie rides, and 30-minute junior challenge.