Post Race Chat: Liam Killleen

He may be known for his MTB exploits but Liam Killeen has been a special rider in CX for well over a decade now. We had a quick chat with him post race …

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Post Race Chat: Liam Killleen

2006, Australia, and Liam Killeen was Commonwealth Games Champion

Whilst I have not been involved in Mountain Bike racing over the years, I have still had the honour of watching Liam Killeen racing for well over a decade. Back in 2002, he was second in the Under 23 British CX Championships, and 2003 as well before winning the championships in 2004.

He then stood on the podium no less than seven times in the Open British CX Championships starting with second in 2005 and again 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2015 with a third in 2011. He did get his victory though in 2016 and he was back at Shrewsbury on Sunday for the National Trophy so we grabbed a quick word with him after the Elite mens race.

“I really like racing this course. There was too much running for me today and this was Fieldy’s cup of tea and Nick (Craig) was really strong. It was about keeping smooth and riding a consistent race and not to rush it because if you rush, you make mistakes and you came to a standstill as the mud was so heavy. But it was good.”

On his battle with Yorben for second, Liam says “I think he was keeping something back for the last lap when he seemed to pull away. I made a few mistakes but he took advantage and it was hard to get him back again.”

“I’m not sure about the next race, but I’d like to race the national champs and I haven’t raced at Hetton before so that will be good. I’d love to win the jersey again but getting on the podium is the next best thing. You never know though once you are in the podium positions, and it’s a close race, you never know if you can come up with something special on the day.”

“I’m not racing internationally but did a few mountain bike races this year. I am doing some coaching and riding with the younger guys to keep fit. I still enjoy it and race when I want to. It is a privilege to be able to race now when you can pick your weekends and not race week in week out. If you’re fit and healthy, you may as well pin a number on. Nick Craig is a fine example and been doing it even longer than me!”

Liam, who only ten years ago was the younger generation, says it is good to see the younger generation coming through in the Elite races. “The juniors and under 23s are world class already and its progressing”.

We hope to catch up again with Liam during the season for a more in-depth chat … #legend.







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