Whenever a rack of Elite Men are announced on the hill, Donny Robinson is always one who gets the most support from the fans. He has earned the love of racers, parents and mainstream fans through a career spent making a name for himself on the track, and taking time out to meet people and engage with them on a person-to-person level off the track.
Donny calls Napa, CA home, and when he is not out training on the picturesque streets of his hometown, or riding his local track (Napa Valley BMX), he is either packing or unpacking his SE PK Ripper to fly off to one of more than 25 national and international BMX races per year. Every trip is a new opportunity to meet people–something that dR loves just as much as the racing, iteslf.
dR won the first BMX race he entered, in the summer of 1989–at Napa Valley BMX, the same track he calls home today. The fighting spirit that brought him to that first win raged on, as he made a name for himself in the amateur ranks–ultimately turning pro in 2002. On the way, he accumulated six ABA National Age Group (NAG) titles, and an NBL #1 age group title in 1996.
As a Pro/Elite, Donny racked up titles in NBL Pro Cruiser (2005), ABA Pro Cruiser (2006), NBL #1 Pro (2006), USA Cycling BMX National Elite Mens Champion (2007) and won the 2009 UCI BMX Elite Men World Championship title. He also picked up UCI BMX Supercross world cup titles in 2006 and 2008.
And while 2006 was his winningest year, 2008 would be the year that defined his career. BMX Racing was admitted as a medal sport for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, and dR earned one of three spots on the first US Olympic BMX team. That spot would ultimately bring a Bronze Medal back to Chula Vista, with his eventual-partner in Pedals 2 Medals, Mike Day, in the Silver spot.
Fast-forward to 2014, and Donny is still way in the mix in the USA BMX National Pro Series, as well as in his new role as co-anchor of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup webcast on bmxlive.tv. The founding of Pedals 2 Medals with Mike Day in March brings his natural talent for coaching and mentoring up & coming riders to the masses.
Trivia: Donny’s UCI permanent “career number” is 10–the lowest permanent number in the system. Numbers 1-8 are reserved for UCI World Championship finalists each year, there is no career 9.