It’s always a pleasure to learn more about our customers. Whether it’s simply to hear feedback on our product and service, or if it’s related to their riding and racing (we especially love that). We recently heard from a mega talented young chap who’s working towards a very colourful MTB career. To support our young rider, we’ve entered him into the remaining 2016 National MTB XC series of races.
Name: Timothy Freeman
Background: MTB + Cross-country racing
I started riding when I was four and have been cycling whenever possible for the last 10 years. I’m lucky to live on the edge of Dyfi forest, so that is where I ride the most.
I joined Dreigiau Coed y Brenin Dragons mountain bike club when I was eight and did my first race as part of the North Wales Go-race mountain bike series. I’ve taken part in the Go-race series every year until I was 12 when I started racing in the Welsh National series.
This year I’m racing in the Welsh National MTB XC series and the British National MTB XC series in the Juvenile category.
So far I’ve had an awesome year, winning the first 3 rounds of the Welsh series, including the Welsh Champs. I was also 3rd at round one of the British MTB XC series in Pembrey and 2nd at round two in Plymouth, which was the most technically challenging course I have ever ridden.
I’m currently ranked 2nd in the British cycling rankings for MTB XC in the Juvenile category.
What bike(s) do you own?
The bike I race on is a Scott Scale 700SL Hardtail with a 27.5-inch wheel. When out riding the rough stuff for fun I ride a Trek remedy full suspension bike with a 26-inch wheel.
Cycling kit you couldn’t live without?
My Northwave MTB SPD shoes that I saved for ages to buy. They’re black and orange to match my bike, and I love them!
Do you follow any training programmes?
Yes, I follow a programme that combines a mixture of trail riding, road riding and roller training. I’ve recently started working with a level 3 cycle coach who has really helped me to improve my speed and endurance on long climbs. There’s also time in my training programme to just get out and have fun on the bike, which I think is really important.
My current ambitions are to win a British National Series race and to get picked to represent Wales in the Regional MTB team.
For the future, I would like to represent Wales in the Commonwealth Games and become a qualified mountain bike coach and trail leader.
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