Rob Warner traveled the globe racing the Mountain Bike World Cup, but never got to experience the local cultures and people during his travels. That’s all about to change in Rob Warner’s Wild Rides.
Part of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup’s growing popularity can be attributed to Rob’s eloquence and enthusiasm for the sport. He displays unique knowledge and insight about the trails and the athletes and is able to relate them to the viewer. This is the key to this series as Rob gets on his trusty bike with his latest project taking him on a breathtaking trip across four continents that rekindled his love of the sport.
Rob Warner’s Wild Rides sees the former MTB downhill racer joined by current mountain bike stars such as fellow Briton Matt Jones and downhill stars Finn Iles and Olly Wilkins to travel off the beaten track and discover the world’s most stunning unseen bike trails.
Warner steps well outside of his comfort zone as he immerses himself in local culture in New Zealand, Nepal, Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya and Lesotho with slopestyle star Jones shearing sheep in exchange for a helicopter ride in New Zealand, Canadian sensation Iles sampling salsa dancing in Colombia and Wilkins exploring a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas.
Has filming Rob Warner’s Wild Rides rekindled your love of mountain biking?
I hated mountain biking by the time I finished my race career. Some people thrive on the pressure of racing, but it got me in the end. I was unmotivated and miserable for the last five years I raced. Doing a TV series like this has brought me back to why I got into it when I was 14. That sense of exploring has always been a big part of it, for me. Thankfully I got to ride on some epic trails for this TV series with some of them downhill for nearly 30km. It was the best mountain biking I have ever done.