Me and My Bike – Luke Bell

Ironman and 70.3 racer Luke Bell on why his Giant Trinity ticks all the right boxes and how you can find a surprising turn of pace on the freeway between LA and San Diego

My bike is… a Giant Trinity TT.

I am lucky enough to be part of…. the Giant Team that also includes the likes Tim Berkel and Brad Kahlefeldt.

I love my bike because… it is aero, fits well, light and fast. Ticks all the boxes, and the guys at Giant Australia are very passionate and involved in the sport of triathlon. They were my first ever sponsor in the sport many years ago, and now they are not only a sponsor but also great friends.

My first ever bike was… a Repco BMX, then when I first tried triathlon I used Repco Superlite when I was 17.

 My other bike is... a Giant Propel Aero Road.

The best rides I ever had were… up at Bright in Victoria with my mates where we would just go out and spend the day on the bike riding Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Mount Buffalo – just taking it all in and worrying about nothing.

The worst ride I ever had was… getting stuck due to road works and having to ride about 20km down the edge of the Interstate 5 Freeway in the USA. The I5 is the major freeway that connects LA to San Diego – lanes of buzzing cars whizzing by at 130km/h. I still think it’s the fastest 20km I ever rode!

I look after my bike by… well, let’s by honest, I don’t. I can clean a bike, change a tube and do the minor (very minor) things to it, but outside of that the boys at Giant South Yarra look after anything technical and getting it ready to race.

Look out for me at… Ironman Melbourne. It’s a major Ironman for us in terms of Kona qualification being a P4000 Point event and one of the largest outside of Hawaii.

Luke’s Fact File

Age: 35

Nationality: Australian

Resides: Melbourne, Australia / San Diego, USA

Career highlights:
2003 Ironman World Championships – 5th
2006 Ironman World Championships – 7th
2009 Ironman 70.3 World Championships – 7th
2013 Ironman Mont-Tremblant – 1st
2013 Ironman Australia – 1st