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Article posted: 20/12/2012

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Belinda Tarling is a Level 3 British Cycling Coach, Coach Educator and former Mountain Bike World Champion. In 2012 Belinda was named Coach Educator of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards, making her an ideal expert to have contributing to the website.

Five Quick Questions for Belinda Tarling

When did you start riding?

BT - When I was 28. I was looking for a new sport that would be affordable and work around a young family.

I had always been involved with various sports from a young age but cycling was something I had never tried before. Mountain Biking offered the perfect combination of being outdoors, having a new skill set to master and the chance to compete.

What motivates you?

BT - As a rider, competency and success. I like learning new things and gain confidence from that. I also enjoyed being successful at races and the only way to achieve that was to become a better/faster rider so that's what motivated me to train.

As a coach: Seeing other riders enjoy what they are doing, I am totally motivated by the effort, time and energy they put in especially the young riders. Their good race results are a nice bonus.

What in your opinion was the best race of your career?

BT - Masters XC MTB World Championships 2007, Pra Loup France. Everything just went right from preparation to result. It was probably the hardest I have ever pushed myself, but it was a race that almost seemed to be in slow motion: it felt like I had time to focus on my riding through technical sections, plan ahead, work out where other riders were and actually enjoy every lap. Awesome party afterwards too....

Who is your hero?

BT - I don’t really have one. Though Laura Trott is a real contender. She is such a mix of personality, determination and power.

What advice would you give to a young rider?

BT - Enjoy your riding and keep sight of why you do the sport. Competition is not for everyone but if YOU decide it’s what you want to do then go for it. Try and find people who will help and support you to achieve your goals, whatever they are.

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