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Bellis 'will learn from Beijing'

Manx cyclist Jonny Bellis
Bellis is one of only two Manxmen going to the Olympics

Manx cyclist Jonny Bellis is looking forward to the experience of competing in the Beijing Olympics next month.

The 19-year-old, who won a bronze medal in the Under-23 World Championships last year, was recently named in the British Olympics road race squad.

Bellis and Mark Cavendish are the only two Manxmen in the Olympics squad.

"In four years I want be going to the London Games to win a medal but this year I just want to see what it's like [for the top cyclists]," Bellis said.

He continued: "I want to see how they cope with the pressure, that's the best training I could have at the moment.

"I am coming from a place with a great cycling culture. In the Isle of Man everyone likes to get out on the roads and there are loads of club runs. It's an ideal place to train. We've got quiet roads, good hills and clear flats.

"We've got a bit of everything here. The only thing that's missing is a track. If we had a track it would be one of the best places in the world to train."

see also
Team GB for Beijing
21 Jul 08 |  Team GB
Velodrome guide
17 Mar 06 |  Cycling
Cycling on the BBC
11 Jul 08 |  Cycling
Liam Killeen's mountain bike guide
02 Mar 06 |  Get Involved
Cycling in the UK
03 Oct 05 |  Get Involved

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