SPONSORED BY TRILUX: NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIP WIN FOR TOM BELL

17.08.2017 | Company

It’s been a terrific few weeks for our supported professional cyclist Tom Bell. Tom recently became the British Mountain Bike Marathon National Champion, taking the win after a gruelling 5+ hour race over the hilly terrain of the Isle of Man. After riding only a short portion of the course the day before the race, Tom was able to overhaul some of the country’s best mountain bikers to take his first national champion’s jersey.

Here’s what Tom had to say about his race… “The race went really well for me for a number of reasons.

The first is that my training is focused on the cross-country side of mountain bike racing more than marathon, where the former which typically lasts 1.5 hours and the latter sometimes up to 6 hours. So in that sense, it was great to have the endurance to keep the power on until the finish!

Secondly, I feel like I raced a smart race, and didn’t make some of the tactical errors that my main competition made in terms of where to attack and where to hold back and conserve energy.

It was my first national championship win and so was obviously a very special victory for me!

I’m looking forward to racing more marathon-type races next year and to represent the jersey at home and abroad as best I can whilst maintaining a focus on the olympic-distance cross-country discipline.”

Tom also showed great form leading into the race, finishing just 32 seconds down on Rio Olympian Gran Ferguson at the British Mountain Bike XC National Championships the weekend before his marathon victory.

Since his national championship win, he’s also scored his best result in the HSBC UK National XC Series, finishing in 3rd place despite mechanical problems, just behind multi-time olympian Liam Killeen and British Cycling Academy rider and Under-23 national champion Frazer Clacherty.

Tom will now travel to Belgium for a internationally-ranked cross-country race, to Italy for the final round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (you can watch Tom compete on the Red Bull TV site) and then onto Turkey for his last serious campaign of the season.

It’s been fantastic for TRILUX to support Tom in his progression to the very top of one of the toughest endurance sports in the world, and we’re excited to see how he continues to improve over the next year and beyond. Keep up to date with Tom’s racing and if you’re a keen cyclist, be sure to have a read through his cycling advice and tips over at tombell.co.