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Libby Bell

Libby Bell

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Age:
14

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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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 »

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Minehead National Grand Prix

Posted: 27th Jun, 2019

With only limited opportunity this year to race in national road races due to my racing diary being so full last weekend we headed to Minehead for the Minehead National Grand Prix.

This was my first time... Read More »

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Hillingdon Road National June 2019

Posted: 14th Jun, 2019

Only my second national road race and it's been a learning curve.

A great bunch of girls raced on a very hot day at a circuit in Hillingdon, London and although I am happy with my first national podium... Read More »

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HSBC Cyclocross National Championships 2019

Posted: 31st May, 2019

What an amazing weekend, I was very excited but also quite nervous because I had one chance to win and there was a lot of pressure on me to win.

I went out to practice the course on the Friday, before the... Read More »

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Shrewsbury rd 6 National Trophy Cyclocross

Posted: 10th Feb, 2019

Round 6 came around two weeks later and I was comfortable with the course and my placing from round 5. There was a lot of slippery banks and cambers, a small wooded section which I quite enjoyed with a... Read More »

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Ipswich National Trophy

Posted: 10th Feb, 2019

On to round 5 of the CX National Trophy Series, going into with confidence but a bit of worry after having a close call at York. The course was completely flat, very dry and suited me pretty well with... Read More »

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National Trophy CycloCross Series Update

Posted: 19th Nov, 2018

Having just come back from numerous big National races and being very busy working
hard, I haven't been able to update on the races one at a time, so here's a big update!
The first national race of the season... Read More »

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EUC Youth European Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships Pila, Italy

Posted: 12th Sep, 2018

I was lucky enough to be invited to join a team to ride for the East Midlands at the EUC Youth European Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships in Pila, Italy. I was super pleased when I was picked and... Read More »

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MTB National Series Rd 5, Builth Wells

Posted: 29th Aug, 2018

Just having shortly returned from the national championships at Hadleigh Park, I set of a fortnight later for the final round of the HSBC MTB Cross Country Nationals of 2018. Hoping to bag a win and get... Read More »

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