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Libby Bell

Libby Bell

Sports Award

Age:
15

Biography

My name is Libby Bell and I am a dedicated and motivated cyclist from Quorn, Leicestershire with hopes of reaching the highest level professionally.

I am 14 years old and have been riding a bike for as long as I can remember but racing for only 5 years. In the beginning I just raced road but quickly became hooked and was soon racing cyclocross and cross country mountain bike events as well.

Last year I was fortunate enough to be awarded a JHMT award and I am forever grateful. This helped me achieve several goals and definitely contributed to a much improved year.

Over the last twelve months I have gone from racing at a national level to winning at a national level regularly and have now even raced internationally representing the East Midlands at the UEC European Youth Mountain Bike Championships in Pila, Italy and have a national title.

My 2018 – 2019 Cyclocross season could not have gone any better. I won every regional race that I entered and all but one of the national races that I entered. I travelled the length of the country to compete at all of the HSBC National Cyclocross series and this finished with me winning the Under 14 national champion title – this was the best feeling ever! I earned my national stripes and can wear them on my jersey.

I trained hard through the mountain bike season spending huge amounts of time improving on my skill. Last year this paid off with a win at a national level and I finished fourth in the HSBC National Cross Country Mountain bike series overall. I was happy with this as a first year. This year I want to better this and so far I am second in the same series and still fighting for the win. Next month is the national champs and I am training hard to achieve this goal. To top the mountain bike season off, in August I will again travel to Italy to compete in the UEC European Youth Mountain Bike Championships representing the East Midlands. This year I want to improve on my result from last year which was 21st out of 90!

To mix things up this year I have raced my first road national races. My results have been 8th and more recently 6th. I know I can better this and look forward to two more road national races this summer.

Receiving support from The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust will assist me in continuing to compete at the highest level. I am motivated to continue to achieve and any support received is spent wisely and helps my family cover the cost of this expensive journey for me, thank you X.

Blog

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Roller 10!

Posted: 17th May, 2020

Still in lockdown and still as bored as I was before but enjoying the sunshine! Read More »

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Covid-19 Training Update

Posted: 4th May, 2020

We are now 7 weeks into lockdown from Covid-19, I'm so lucky that I can still do my usual training indoors and out, as its part of my daily exercise! I'm stocked up with school work to do and kept nice... Read More »

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Training early!

Posted: 11th Apr, 2020

Training differently... Read More »

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New Coach!

Posted: 29th Mar, 2020

At the start of March I started working with a new coach and over the last couple of weeks I have started to feel much stronger, but as we enter a period of lock down my racing calendar has just been cleared until the end of June. Read More »

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HSBC Cyclocross National Championships - Shrewsbury

Posted: 27th Jan, 2020

All my hopes for this cyclocross season rested on the national champs. Since my ankle injury in the summer I have work so hard and at times too hard to get my strength back just for this one race. Read More »

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Cyclocross National Trophy Series & East Midlands Regional Championships

Posted: 22nd Dec, 2019

Well December has been busy and fairly successful. Read More »

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I've been busy

Posted: 30th Nov, 2019

The first race was Derby and I was still trying to gain fitness and settled for 7th next stop was Cumbria and I was pleased with 5th as my strength was coming back. Then all the way to Irvine on the west... Read More »

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HSBC National Cyclocross Race Round 1 Derby

Posted: 26th Sep, 2019

I was so disappointed after injuring myself in July which completely wiped out my chances for the National Cross Country Mountain Bike title and any chance I had at the European Championships in Italy... Read More »

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HSBC National Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships

Posted: 6th Aug, 2019

Well, this was not planned for the end of my mountain Biking season. Whilst practicing the course the night before the championship race in Cannock I slipped in the rain and mud at very low speed which... Read More »

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HSBC National Road Circuit Championships - Scarborough

Posted: 17th Jul, 2019

At the beginning of July I raced in the HSBC National Road Circuit Championships in Scarborough. The race was only my fourth road national this year and the course is renown for an epic 12% climb which... Read More »