From velodrome boards to BMX berms, Phillips has the lower-body power to make rivals quake. He tells MF how his gym efforts and sacrifices have helped him rule the track
MF meets the BMXer with the most powerful legs in sport
Chris Hoy might have the knighthood, the fame and the legendary thighs but BMX racer Liam Phillips has the records – all of them. In Team GB’s high-tech performance lab he’s topped the maximum power charts and raised the benchmark for the squat, leg press and trap bar deadlift. Alongside his impressive numbers, he also developed the technical prowess to win the 2013 BMX world championship and the 2014 Supercross World Cup – making him the first British man to win the title – but when MF meets him at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, he tells us it’s gym work that’s powered him to the top of the sport.
If you thought BMX was basically track cycling’s tattooed, punky younger sibling, spending an afternoon with the Somerset-born rider would quickly set you straight. It’s one of the most brutal