“Jure is best known for his domination of RAAM.”

by Drew Clark

About the Hall of Fame

Jure Robic

Robic was born in Jesenice, Slovenia on April 10, 1965 and met an untimely death at age 45. He was killed in a training accident on September 24, 2010 when he was hit by a car on a forest road in the mountains near Jesenice. But before his death, he left a strong and lasting imprint of the world of ultracycling. Robic originally took up ultracycling as a way to cope with the death of his mother in 1997. He entered the 1999 Crocodile Tour (a 10-day race across Australia) and came in third. From 1988 to 1994, Robic was part of the Slovenian National Cycling Team and was a Slovenian National Road champion.

In his career, he won a total of around 100 victories, with over 150 podium finishes. Robic also won the DOS-Ras Race Across Slovenia four times; the Tour Direct twice (a non-stop 2,500 mile race contrived from the most challenging Tour de France stages); and the Tortour (a non-stop cycle race around Switzerland). Robic annually rode about 28,000 miles in training. Robic also set the 24 Hour record in September 2004, certified by WUCA, with a distance of 518 miles.

Jure is best known for his domination of RAAM. Robic first entered RAAM in 2003, finishing second. Robic won the Race Across America (RAAM) a record five times, in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Robic was in second place at the final time station in 2009 when he dropped out to protest time penalties he had received. Robic swore never to enter RAAM again, but changed his mind and came back and won again in 2010. In addition to biking victories, Robic received the Sportsman of the Year award for special achievement and awards for fair play and tolerance in sport.