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Jonny Bellis gives his top tips to Prudential RideLondon cyclists

Former professional cyclist Jonny Bellis will be giving his expert advice to riders taking part in Prudential RideLondon in a series of videos.

Bellis, who competed for Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics and rode for UCI WorldTour team Saxo Bank, gives his advice on a range of topics from how to tackle a 100-mile ride to what to eat while on your bike.

The videos will appear every week between now and Prudential RideLondon ride week and can be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages. The first one on breaking down the 100 mile ride has been released today [Weds].

Bellis is riding the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 himself for the first time this year. The 29-year-old has now retired from professional cycling and is embarking on a career in coaching. He works at the Lee Valley Velodrome and has his own personal coaching operation, www.belliscoaching.co.uk 

In 2007, Bellis was one of Britain’s great cycling hopes. He won a bronze medal at the World Championships in the under-23 men’s road race and signed professional terms with one of the biggest teams in the world, Saxo Bank.

But Bellis’ career and life were put into jeopardy when he was knocked off a scooter while in Italy. He spent three weeks in a coma and another 10 months before he was back on the bike. Though he was able to return to top level competition, Bellis admitted he didn’t have the same passion for racing as he did before his accident and retired at the end of 2015.

He has since thrown all his efforts into coaching but he is looking forward to getting back on the bike for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 29 July and passing on his tips to other riders beforehand.

Bellis said: “I am really looking forward to joining the thousands of other riders taking part in this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and hope that many of them will arrive on the Start Line feeling more confident and more prepared than they would have done otherwise thanks to the series of training tips we have put together.”