Jonny Bellis: former pro who made amazing comeback from life-threatening injury is now a cycling coach

Despite a promising start, Jonny Bellis’s career didn’t work out quite the way he’d hoped. Now the 28-year-old is forging a path to help others succeed in the sport he loves

Jonny Bellis at Lee Valley Velodrome

(Image credit: Daniel Gould)

Having left professional cycling and answered the call of a new vocation, Jonny Bellis is having to adjust.

Changing careers is always a challenge, but that’s not all that he’s having to contend with. His new coaching post at Lee Valley Velodrome took him to London, which as anyone who’s set foot there for the first time knows, features a fraught ecosystem all of its own.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.