Scott Beaumont

Pro BMX & Mountain Bike Rider:

In five years’ time, I will be:

I am planning to still be racing, but will also be doing some coaching and managing to help put some of my knowledge back into the sport.

Career highlights:

  • BMX: World Champion 1995, World Champion 1996, 10 times British Champion, 10 times national number 1
  • Mountain bike: 3 times UCI world ranked number 1, European Series Champion 2012, European Series Champion 2013, 12 times national series champion, 9 times national champion, MTB hall of fame inductee 2014.

What does your standard training week involve?

A standard week for me is 4/5 times in the gym, skills sessions on my bikes, sprint sessions on my bikes then a few recovery rides to loosen my legs. During race season some of these will change depending on travelling and race days.

Where is your favourite place to train?

It is very hard to nail down a favourite place. It ranges from California to Majorca and Poland back to Manchester! To be honest, if I have my bike, every training session is great!

What is your favourite race?

Fort William 4X ProTour is incredible. The support we get from the home crowd is simply incredible. The track is great and being at the foot of Ben Nevis makes the scenery amazing.

What are your top 3 Kymira Sport garments?
When do you use them and why?

IR50 recovery long sleeve top, IR50 recovery leggings, infrared compression socks. I use these items daily on my bike and in the gym.

IR50 Recovery Long Sleeve Top

    IR50 Recovery Leggings

Infrared Compression Socks

Everything Kymira makes is so comfortable. That in itself would be enough, but the infrared return I get as an athlete gives me an advantage. Incredible clothing.

What is your favourite training accessory?

Pro Gate timing system. Our starts come down to thousandths of a second that can make the difference, so timing helps us work on our technique, set up and focus.

What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?

Big injuries are always tough. Maintaining the focus to come out of the dark tunnel and start to look forwards again takes a determined mind set. Thankfully, major injuries are few and far between.

What is the most common training mistake you see? Any suggestions on how to avoid it?

You see different things every day. In the gym it is people using incorrect/poor techniques with free weights. My advice there would be to lower weights and focus on technique. Or ask someone for advice. Outside on the bike I would say it is pedal position in Cornering. Always have your outside pedal down to push the tyres into the ground.

What motivates you to train and race harder?

Winning is addictive and being able to win titles and championships means you must put more in your training. That’s what helps me to put in the hard work.

Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:

For me it doesn’t change too much. Good, healthy food. Protein and Carbs. Chicken, turkey, fish, rice, pasta, fruit, veg and salads. Keep it simple. Stay away from fried and sauces! Drink more water.

How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?

I think we have the balance pretty good. If we aren’t racing, we are doing something as a family. My fiancé Holly and 3-year-old daughter, Astrid try to be outdoors as much as possible. When I’m racing they try to attend most races, in the weekdays and after training I spend most of my day with Astrid. Just some good time management and maximising the winter months also.

What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful?

My nutritional partner is USN one of the world’s biggest supplement companies, so I have access to their range 24/7. I use their blue lab whey and their bcaa drinks every day.

What is the best thing about being an athlete?

Travelling, meeting people and pushing the limits of what is possible on a bicycle every day

What is the worst thing about being an athlete?