8 October 2016WHAT DOES LIAM PHILLIPS RIDE?
The most powerful rider on the British Cycling scene (they’ve done tests: and that includes all competing riders – he’s more powerful than even the Tour de France roadies and Olympic velodrome nutbars), the most successful BMX racer out there, the fastest guy on a BMX track – ladies and gentlemen, is Liam Phillips. If you watched the Rio Olympics on TV this summer then you will have seen Liam’s custom race-bike clearing 40mph down the start straight and hitting the largest pro section ever made – racing BMX at the Olympics is no joke.
Unfortunately, Liam didn’t have the best luck, and a classic BMX move took him out exiting turn one during a qualifying moto – but that’s one of the beauties of BMX racing, its unpredictable nature. We caught up with Liam to see what he rode at the Olympics, and to ask a few questions about the bike, the set-up, and what he’s planning next.
Name: Liam Phillips
Years Riding: 22
Hometown: Born in Somerset, but lived in Manchester for 10 years now.
Sponsors: GT Bicycles, Bluegrass Eagle, Oakley, Renthal, Tioga, Pro-Gate, Nissan, Pulsar-X, Aldi, Simon Jersey.
“RIGHT NOW I’M TRYING TO GET MY HEAD AROUND THE OLYMPICS. IT HAS BEEN SUCH A BIG FOCUS OF MINE AND FOR IT TO HAVE ENDED LIKE IT DID IS STILL DIFFICULT TO PUT INTO WORDS”
FRAME: GT Speed Series, Aluminium
PEDALS: Shimano body, “with my own custom mods!”
FRONT TYRE: Tioga
REAR TYRE: Tioga
FRONT WHEEL: Chris King hub, Ti spoke, Alienation Rim
REAR WHEEL: Chris King hub, Ti spoke, Alienation Rim