For a good part of this decade, UK trail rider Thomas "Robbo" Robinson has been making a yearly trip over the pond to enjoy the Pennsylvania soil and spend time with friends. A few weeks ago, Robbo returned with fellow UK trail rider, Ross Head to get some autumn sessions and catch up with old buds. Because Robbo has visited so often each year, we have been able to witness this 22-year-old from Loughborough's style progress into one of the most fluid riders around, and it's not just us trail riders who have been noticing either. Robbo has built a nice list of supporters including Mutiny, Lotek, Quintin, Bicycle Union, Sekt, Seventies and Kore Bike Shop. And although he's since returned to UK soil, it was a real pleasure to witness Robbo in action. Read on to get Robbo's insight on his recent trip to the states.
ESPN.com: How many years have you been coming to Pa.? What originally motivated you to come here, and what keeps you coming back for more?
Robbo: I've been coming to Pa. for about six or seven years now. What gave me motivation was seeing the trails on videos like "Anthem" and "Shutterspeed" and people talking about the scene here. I keep coming back because the people I have met out here have become really good friends, and the trails of course. There's no other trails I have ridden like it ever.
What spots did you get to ride while you in the U.S.?
Catty, Posh and Doug Foulke's new place. Doug's spot is new this year and it was mint. His whole get up there is amazing. It's a house in the middle of nowhere with so much woodland around and trails in the back garden.
Favorite trails, and favorite line of this trip?
Catty, the Full Throttle Spinners.
How do the trails and riding scenes, here in the US, compared to back home in England?
I reckon the trails scene is a lot bigger in England. For such a small country, there's a lot of trails, and a lot riders that are into building and riding trails. I think the only thing that lets England down is the weather.
In your opinion, who rips Pennsylvania trails the hardest?
The riders that shred in Pa. are endless. But I reckon I could watch Jay Bone ride Posh any day.
What are some other things that you enjoy about the U.S., besides the trails?
Seeing friends for sure. I love being in the passenger seat while driving around Pa. with the cornfields and crickets going nuts, massive trucks, listening to country music and drinking Turkey Hill iced tea. And in the fall, it's even better because the colors are amazing. I love the the simple things in life, and I get psyched on anything.
What did you miss from back home while you were here?
The biggest thing is my girlfriend. She came out and met me the last time I was here, which was sweet. She seems to love it as much as I do. I also miss a cup of tea or some nice Wallburton's bread with a little bit of Marmite. The bread in America really sucks. If it was sold in England, it would be sold as a dessert.
Your Pa. section in Mutiny's "Lets Get Mystical" is a favorite among many trail riders, can we expect anything similar in the future?
Thanks. I was actually bummed at the time when it was being filmed. I didn't know if it was gonna come out good, because at the time I was riding with a broken hand. I could hardly ride and was taking close to five pain killers an hour to film. But I was psyched when it came out.
Who's section are you most looking forward to in "Anthem ll"?
I think I'm just looking forward to seeing the actual video.
Any plans to return to US soil anytime soon?
Same time next year.
Thanks and shout outs from this trip?
Gaz at Mutiny, janis and his family for letting me stay at there house, Ross Head for being a sweet dude, Doug Foulke for being a sweet dude too, Briz for sorting us out in NYC, T-mac, Treebell, Abe, Flash, Eric, Caleb, Henry, Catty locals, Posh locals, trails dudes at Doug's. Thanks for the good times.