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who is tom?

  • Age: 31

  • D.O.B: 26/08/1992

  • Location: Derbyshire

  • Occupation: Engineer

  • Rides: XC, CX, Enduro & Road 

  • Category: Elite

  • Known For: XC, 4X

  • Likes: Percy Pigs

  • Hates: Middle lane hoggers

  • Favourite course: Cannock Chase

  • 2022 Schwalbe National XC Champs - 8th (Elite)

  • 2021 HSBC National XC Series - 10th (Elite)

  • 2019 HSBC National XC Series Overall - 9th (Expert)

  • 2019 Midlands XC Series Overall - 4th

  • 2018 Midlands XC Series Overall - 2nd

  • 2018 HSBC National XC Champs - 2nd

  • 2018 Malverns Classic XC - 2nd

  • 2010 National 4X Champs - 2nd

  • 2008 Midlands DH Champion

  • 2008 & 2010 National 4X Series Champion

  • 2008, 2007 & 2006 National 4X Champion

I have been racing mountain bikes for over 18 years now, starting at the age of 12 racing 4X and DH. My career in 4X was a successful one becoming a multi-time national champion and reaching the very highest level of the sport until the discipline was dropped by the UCI. Following a few years off from racing, focusing on developing my career in engineering, I found XCO racing in 2017 and I was hooked straight away. 

history

1992 - 1995

2005 - 2012

2012 - 2014 

2014 - 2017 

2017 - 2021

2021 - 2023

2024 - Present

I was born in the United Kingdom, in a town called Solihull. I  was quickly in love with bikes, riding without stablisers at the age of 3 and it's been none stop since then!

I started racing at the age of 12, choosing 4X as my main disapline but soon competed in Downhill also. In 2006 I won my first National Title as a Juvenile and wen't on to win 4 further national titles on my route to Elite an World Cup racing in 2010. 

When the UCI dropped 4X, I switched focus to DH but didn't have the same success as 4X.  Only winning a few regional races and falling out of love with the sport I choose to focus on my studies and began an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce, where I still work today. 

Between 2014 & 2017, I stopped racing but always continued to ride. I focused on other sports to keep me ticking like running. Eventually though running never gave me the same buzz so I wanted to come back, but try something new. In 2016 I entered my first XC race and in 2017 I tackled my first full season.  

After catching the bug, 2017 was my first full season of XC and shock to the system to say the least, but I love a challenge! Over the next few years I progressed through the categories, from regional to national racing and gained the support of the industries lead brands under the banner of my own race team Knight Racing. 

In 2021 I obtianed my Elite Race licence, putting me against the best XC racers in the world.  My goal now is to return to UCI World Cup Racing.

After putting everything into the  2022 season, where I was ranked among the Top 10 elite mountain bikers in the country. I found myself falling out of love with racing and needing a well-deserved break.  In 2023 I decided to take a less serious approach to racing and focus more on the enjoyment of cycling. Re-discovering why I fell in love with cycling in the first place and enabling focus on some new adventures! All with the support of some of my longest-standing partners.

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