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Tony Bell (born 20 June 1958)[1] is a freelance writer and journalist, known for his What's he on column in Cycling Weekly,[2] where he was a columnist between 1994 and 2006.[3] His popularity gained as a CW columnist[4][5] led to engagements as an after-dinner speaker at cycling events.[6][7]

Tony Bell
Personal information
Full nameAntony Bell
Born (1958-06-20) 20 June 1958 (age 61)
 United Kingdom
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Team information
Amateur team(s)
-Birkenhead Victoria CC
-Birkenhead North End CC
-Prescot Eagle
-Ribble Valley
-Port Sunlight Wheelers Club
-Kirkby CC
-Team Haverill
-New Brighton CC
Professional team(s)
1980Midlet - Moser
1981Ian May

Bell is also a serious reporter with a degree in politics who has reported on race riots, gangland contracts, drugs wars and environmental and social issues in his native Merseyside for The Independent and The Observer.[2] Following a road accident in which several members of Rhyl cycling club were killed, Bell criticized the attitudes of those such as Jeremy Clarkson, whose column in The Sun he considered anti-cyclist, and what he saw as the cynical attitude of motorists. He called for a single organisation to represent cyclists in the UK to avoid such tragedies recurring.[8]

Bell was also professional cyclist.[4] He once held the mountains and points jerseys in the prestigious Mi-Août Bretonne.[2] He is the brother of former National Amateur and Professional Road Race Champion Mark Bell, who died in 2009.

Bell lives in Chester[2] and supplements his income as a bus driver. He is writing an autobiography, provisionally called "Pinball", excerpts of which are on his web site.[9]


  1. ^ Tony Bell at Cycling Archives
  2. ^ a b c d "THE WIRRAL". Cycling Weekly. 30 May 2006.[dead link]
  3. ^ "About Tony Bell".
  4. ^ a b "Latest Newport Nocturne News". British Cycling. August 2003.
  5. ^ Brian Cookson (January 2003). "REMEMBERING A PRIZED WIN". British Cycling.
  6. ^ "Club Dinner". Hull Thursday Road Club.
  7. ^ "Bell on bikes (speech video)".
  8. ^ "Perpetual Cycle". 21 January 2006.
  9. ^ "Tony Bell". Archived from the original on 21 May 2008.

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