News: Robbie Hassan heading back to Spain


Scotland’s Robbie Hassan is heading back to Spain to ride for Team Ibaigane Opel after a successful stint with them in 2012

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Robbie writes on his blog (click here) “First of all I want to thank the Braveheart Fund for supporting me again this year. The past two years the help I have received has made a big difference in financing my travelling to races etc so I can reach my goals. I also thank everyone for their support and encouragement.”


Robbie racing for his Spanish team last year.

The racing season’s just around the corner so it’s time for an update on my plans for this year’s racing. I’ve been training hard over the winter. So far (touch wood!) I’ve stayed healthy and I have kept up a good training programme since the beginning of November. Enjoyed doing a bit of training on the new Glasgow Velodrome with Scottish Cycling too.

This year I am getting to race a full season in Spain with Team Ibaigane Opel. I raced for them when I was there last Summer and after the results I gained, they offered me to race with them for the whole year. They are an Under 23 team based in Igorre, the Basque Country.

I’m really looking forward to it. I think it will bring me on big time having top quality races week in week out and terrain that suits my strengths. I think it will be a lot better for me than another season in the UK.

The plan for the season is looking really good. Most weeks I will have two road races, mainly at the weekends. I will have the weekly Lehendakari Under 23 series and the Euskaldun Elite road Series as well.

I have around four Spanish National Cups which take place in the first two months of season. They are top road races in Spain. I think one of the races we are are doing is in the South of Spain, the rest are near us in the north.

Then I have three stage races in April and May. Two are are Elite & Under 23, but I have big international five day Under 23 race near the border with France at the end of May. I am looking forward to the stage races as I haven’t done many whilst I have been based in the UK.

That stage race should do me in good stead for the British Road Champs in June. Its in Glasgow which should be great, hopefully the course is a good one. I think I will have good form for the Champs because I will have a lot more quality racing and better health in me than I did last year going into it.

I have the Beaumont Premier the following weekend then I’m back to Spain racing until the end of the season where I will have hard races like the Beasain Classica. So I’m heading out on the 19th of February and my first race is a Spanish Cup on the 24th. Can’t wait to get the season started!

Will keep you updated via blog or on my twitter @robbiehassan.



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