Robin Wallner Announces Retirement from EWS Racing

Sep 17, 2021
by Ibis Cycles  

Words: Ibis Cycles

Robin Wallner began his EWS career in Finale in 2014. Today, at the same venue, he is announcing his “retirement” at the end of the 2021 Enduro World Series


A downhiller turned EWS contender, Robin has had many nicknames: Enduro Dad, Enduro Robin, the Swede Speed, and more.

At Ibis, he was our Team Captain. The heart and soul of our race program. This is why we’re beyond stoked that while he is stepping back from racing, he is stepping into a new role as Ibis Enduro Team Manager.

EWS 8 2016. Finale Ligure Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

EWS 8 2016. Finale Ligure Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
EWS 8 2016. Finale Ligure Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Robin’s has an incredible story and he’s detailed some of it below:

bigquotesIn 2014, I was done racing downhill. I really thought I was done racing mountain bikes. Near the end of the downhill season, I was given a last-minute entry to the EWS race here in Finale. I remember it vividly. I was number 179 and back then, the number one plate started last. I raced the ”dawn patrol,” but ended up doing OK and by the end, I was just as excited about racing again as I was when I started racing downhill in 2001.

The next year, in 2015, I decided to race a few more EWS rounds on my own dime and see what it was like. I was also working full time on the side that year and never really took for granted it would lead to anything, I just knew I enjoyed doing the racing and there was so much stuff to learn. At the end of the season, I got talking to the newly formed Ibis Team. One thing lead to another and another five years has just flown by. Together, we've had some seriously good times and created a world-class race team.

But for the past few years, I’ve been battling small lingering injuries and private life has also changed with the addition of two kids. My time is no longer my own and these past two years have had me questioning what I do more and more often.

I´m happy that I’m able to make this decision on my own. I´m still competitive, I'm still healthy, and I´m able to walk away with some great memories and stories to tell my boys.

I still love racing bikes and I´m still excited to be at the races. My future will still involve mountain bikes, so this won’t be the last you hear from me. I´m just ready for the next chapter.

Thanks to everyone that has made these past years of bikes and racing so special. Honestly. All the supporters I´ve ever had, anyone that helped plug a tire, spared a CO2, or just chatted shit on the way to the next stage at the EWS races and the sport of downhill-miss you boys and girls too.

Ibis Cycles Enduro Race team at the EWS-Snowmass Aspen

EWS Whistler Photos by Dave Trumpore
Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team EWS Millau Report

Tom Morgan, our President, is the driving force behind the Ibis Cycles Enduro Team. He signed Robin to the team in 2016 and together, they have built the program:

bigquotesIn 2015 I was still trying to figure out how to put together an enduro team, and our soon-to-be team manager suggested Robin Wallner as a possible rider. I didn't know who he was, but I saw that he had posted some decent results, so I said "What the hell, let's sign him. Maybe he can get us a top 10 result." Then in the second race in 2016, he did just that.

I hold a huge amount of respect and admiration for all of the athletes who've ridden for us, and none more than Robin. I wish more people could see the behind-the-scenes view that I've had of all the work, the pain, and the sacrifice that the riders endure. I don't think most people really understand how hard racing enduro is at this level.

EWS Round 8 Finale Ligure 2017 - Ibis Cycles

In 2017 the team competition came down to the last event in Finale. Zakarias had crashed out with a broken shoulder blade on the first stage, and then Robin had a hard fall on the next stage. He looked like he had been rubbed down with a cheese grater but the team needed him to finish the race in order for us to win the overall. He did finish, and we won the title. It was truly amazing.

For the past five years, I've gotten to vicariously enjoy Robin's results, but it's been the relationship we've had that I value the most. I've been fortunate to work with some fantastic athletes, but I can't say that I've enjoyed working with anyone more than Robin.

His honesty and integrity are incomparable. He's a professional's professional, but it goes beyond that. He's been a great friend to me, and we are seemingly simpatico when it comes to our vision for the team. Which is why it makes me so happy that I get to hand the reins of the team over to him for next season.
Ibis President Tom Morgan




Thank you Robin.

And thank you to those who make the team possible, our sponsors: POC, Maxxis tires, Bike Yoke, Shimano, Fox, LizardSkins grips, One-Up components, Wilderness Trail Bikes, Dumonde Tech, Umara, Cush Core, Stages Cycling, Motion Instruments.


28 Comments

  • 68 0
 Currently ranked 8th in the EWS and a consistent top 10 finisher and podium threat. Way to go out at the top of your game!
  • 15 0
 As a mountain biker we don't generally comprehend the word "quit" and it's especially hard for any of us to walk away from racing especially when you are still a legit contender at the highest level. My hats off to you Robin! Look forward to working with you in your team manager role with Ibis!
  • 14 0
 In 2014 I did the EWS Tweed Valley back when they let anyone enter ( I came almost last)
We were staying in the same bunkhouse as Robin, his brother & girlfriend, they were super nice chilled & friendly, sharing gopro footage from practice & generally being cool.
There were a few other pro racers and they were nowhere near as friendly
Happy trails Robin!
  • 2 0
 this is cool to read...
  • 2 0
 Brian Lopes must have been there
  • 8 0
 Congrats on a long and constantly competitive career Robin! And good choice Ibis, Robin definitely knows what it takes physically, technically as well as the dedication needed for success at the top end of EWS. Finally, respect for taking a family priority decision Robin, while still being able to challenge in the top 10, you also only get to have small kids once.
  • 10 0
 Always liked Robin as a give it all DH'er and a damn good EWS racer. Good luck with your new endeavors Robin.
  • 4 0
 Man, you saved me from writing the same. I liked rooting for Robin.
  • 9 0
 As a dad and someone who has to manage burnout riding buddies… my hats off to you Rob.
  • 8 0
 Who else read that Rob Warner for a sec........?
  • 1 0
 I was just going to say that!
  • 1 0
 Split second I was pondering how tough commentating is...
  • 2 0
 That would be Rob-in him of his glory
  • 1 0
 Robin Warner would shred the track this weekend.
  • 4 0
 Robin is the man. Growing up in Calgary where it snowed half the year, I loved watching Robin in Straight Outta Sweden and seeing guys from a similar climate riding at the World Cup level.
  • 3 0
 I love the Ibis team, long may it continue. Enjoy your retirement from racing, I’m always intrigued when people are able to pull the plug whilst still being at the top of their sport - respect!
  • 4 0
 Congratulations on a stellar career as a racer, and for your new role as manager!
  • 4 0
 Congrats Robin, and congrats Ibis!
  • 1 0
 Good luck with your new role an congrats for your career!!! I’m still waiting for a downhill team from Ibis. Robin as a team manager…Oh boy, that would be a dream come true Smile
  • 1 0
 Seems like a genuinely nice chap as well as an amazing mountain bike racer. I think Ibis have made a good call by appointing him team manager.
  • 2 0
 Happy for you and hope to see you a bit more back home, proud to call you a friend
  • 2 0
 Great racer Robin is and I always root for him as a swedish brother.
  • 2 0
 Congrats! You sound like a stand up guy! Good Luck!
  • 1 0
 Congratulations on living the dream. Looking forward to what the future holds!
  • 1 0
 I am sure ibis will miss u as a rider, but I am sure you will do well at your next phase. Good luck and happy trails!
  • 1 0
 Amazing rider, and sounds like a dad who has his priorities in the right spot. Congrats on an amazing run!
  • 2 2
 I guess ibis will be announcing their ebike for him to race next season soon
  • 1 0
 hes so tired of riding ugly ibis bkes

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