Williamsburg chef finds his stride biking to work

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Ian Robbins is a chef at the Williamsburg Winery, but you wouldn’t know that when you see him in his skin-tight suit and helmet speeding down the road as fast as 40 mph on his  bicycle.

Bicyclists like Robbins flooded the streets Friday as part of the National Bike to Work Day. The City of Williamsburg celebrated bikes for the entire month, including a hosting luncheon for bicyclists, a presentation on bike trails, and a city-sponsored bike to work day on Friday.

Growing up on country roads in Halifax County, Va, Robbins learned to love trail riding, he said. But as he got older and moved to Richmond, he took his love of trail rides and transformed it into a daily commute.

Chef Ian Robbins stands outside the Williamsburg Winery after his 6.5 mile commute to work. (Steve Roberts, Jr./WYDaily)
Chef Ian Robbins stands outside the Williamsburg Winery after his 6.5 mile commute to work. (Steve Roberts, Jr./WYDaily)

“When I moved to Richmond I pretty much biked to work everyday, until the bike either fell apart or went missing,” Robbins said.

When he moved back to Virginia after a stint in North Carolina, Robbins eventually took a job as a chef at the Williamsburg Winery. Even though Robbins loves his work, the long hours left him feeling the need to find time to unwind.

The 6.5-mile each way commute was just long enough for some time alone, he said.

“There’s just this sense of freedom you get just being on a bike,” Robbins said. “You’re on a tiny little contraption going about 20 to 40 mph depending on the hills…It’s definitely exhilarating.”

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Editor’s note: Ian Robbins is the brother of Aimee Robbins Bowen, an employee of WYDaily’s parent company Local Voice Media.

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