Kenny Belaey

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Kenny Belaey
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Kenny Belaey at Sportief Gent 2010
Personal information
Full nameKenny Guillaume Leda Belaey
NicknameThe Magician
Born (1983-01-26) 26 January 1983 (age 38)
Eeklo, Belgium
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
Team information
DisciplineMountain bike — Trials
RoleRider
Major wins
Medal record
Representing  Belgium
Mountain bike racing
UCI World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2012 Leogang and Saalfelden Trials Men's Elite 26"
Silver medal – second place 2011 Champéry Trials Men's Elite 26"
Gold medal – first place 2010 Mont-Ste-Anne Trials Men's Elite 26"
Silver medal – second place 2009 Canberra Trials Men's Elite 26"
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Fort William Trials Men's Elite 26"
Gold medal – first place 2006 Rotorua Trials Men's Elite 26"
Gold medal – first place 2005 Livigno Trials Men's Elite 26"
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Lugano Trials Men's Elite 26"
Gold medal – first place 2002 Kaprun/Zell a.See Trials Men's Elite 26"
Gold medal – first place 2001 Vail / Beaver Creek Trials Men's Junior 20"
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Vail / Beaver Creek Trials Men's Junior 26"
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sierra Nevada Trials Men's Junior 20"
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sierra Nevada Trials Men's Junior 26"
Silver medal – second place 1999 Avoriaz Trials Men's Junior 20"
Gold medal – first place 1998 Cartagena Trials Men's Cadet 20"
BIU World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 season Trials Men's Cadet

Kenny Belaey (born 26 January 1983, in Eeklo, Belgium) is a Belgian mountain bike trials cyclist. He holds the UCI record of most podium spots at a world championship in the discipline of trial.

Thanks to his titles, professionalism, style and ability to interact with the crowd Belaey is one of the biggest names in the bike trials world scene. The Belgian has been at the cutting edge of his sport for more than ten year now, achieving his first 26 inch UCI Elite crown in 2002.

Kenny is always proactive in promoting his sponsors and his sport as well. The last couple of years Kenny has been traveling extensively to perform shows all over the world, making appearances on TV and working with photographers and journalists to create trial features for the world’s leading bike and sports magazines.

History[edit]

Belaey started in competition in 1992, inspired by his dad Ronny who was a motorcycle trialist. Hard work, athletic skills and fierce natural talent started to pay off soon. In 1996 he made his international debut in Spa-Francorchamps coming home fifth. Another two year later (1998) he claimed his first cadet world champion title. He wrote history in 2000 when he won the Junior Worlds in both 20” and 26”. Kenny continued to make a name for himself by dominating the 2005 and 2006 seasons, taking back-to-back world titles. He even made it a "triple" in 2005 racking up the World, European and World Cup overall titles. His ability to clear seemingly impossible obstacles and pull off amazing saves has earned him the nickname "The Magician".

Titles[edit]

  • UCI Cadet World Champion: 1998[1]
  • BIU Cadet World Champion: 1999[2]
  • Junior World Champion: 2000 (20" & 26" on same day), 2001[1]
  • Junior European Champion: 2000
  • Elite World Champion: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010[1]
  • Elite World Cup Winner: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009
  • Elite European Champion: 2005, 2006, 2011

For the sport[edit]

More than anyone he’s pushing to help developing the sport and reaching a more mainstream audience. Early on in 2009 Belaey has set off on a five-week global trek crossing from Spain to England, Cleveland, California and Hawaii in the US. His encounters with biking legends places and athletes influencing the sport will be the backbone of a forthcoming TV series to be aired on the ‘Extreme Sports Channel’. Featured sporting celebrities include: Toni Bou (moto trials star), Dave Mirra (X-games BMX legend), Hans Rey and Ot Pi (bike trials pioneers), Danny Macaskill (Scottish street riding ace) and many more. In 2011 the 4th and 5th episode will go on air for Belgian TV and the Extreme Sportschannel, showcasing his adventures during a road trip through South Africa. In 2011 he also decided to organize the UCI world cup rounds in Belgium, having the biggest media outcome in the history of the sport with live international TV coverage…

Personal life[edit]

Belaey enjoys playing the guitar, listening to music, watching movies, fishing, and snowboarding.[3] He is married to Fien Lammertyn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mountain Bike World Championships previous results". UCI. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  2. ^ Coope, Robin. "1999 World Biketrial Championship Results". Archived from the original on 26 November 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  3. ^ Amer, Sameen. "Magic On Two Wheels – Kenny Belaey". Weekly Magazine. The News International. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.

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