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Discipline: Cross Country & Enduro MTB

Competition Level: Senior  

Giant XTC Advanced 29er 1 Mountain Bike

Bike Setup:
The Giant XTC Advanced 29er is the first 29er I’ve ridden. I was surprised by how easy it is to throw around corners as the handling is very responsive. It has a full Carbon frame and rims, making the XTC light weight and very easy to pedal uphill due to all the power from each stroke being delivered through the bike. I am very pleased with the performance of this bike as it handles well on jumps, technical descents and climbs.

Team Tredz Rider Alex with her new bike in the Giant store
Team Tredz Rider Alex in action in the woods

About Alex

I began racing by entering the Mini downhill series at Forest of Dean in 2013 on an Orange 222. I also competed at the Mondraker Enduro Series Round 4 at Crychan forest in 2015 which was the most physically demanding race I’ve done so far! I then made the change to road and XC.

2017 has been my first season competing in cross country races after trying some local road criterium races and time trials and hill climbs last year. I was 2nd woman at the Welsh Hill Climb Championships in 2016 and was 1st female junior.

I regularly train at Afan Argoed on as well as enjoy road training rides around the Afan valley and Gower. As I am new to the race scene my aim for the season is to progress in the Welsh and British XC series, learn more race skills and meet new riding partners through the races. I’m looking forward to what this season will bring with Team Tredz!


2nd Woman / 1st Junior Woman at Welsh Hill climb Championships September 2016

MAD Dash Round 3 XC 2nd Woman 2017

Rowe and King Round 2 2017 1st Woman


Win at Welsh XC races and British Series races

Move up to expert category (mtb)

Compete at the National hill climb championships 2017

Win Welsh Hill climb championships 2017

Team Tredz Alex in action in the woods Team Tredz rider Alex up in Afan Argoed
Team Tredz rider Alex tackles a puddle Team Tredz rider Alex tackles a trail
Alex takes a break during group training Alex clears a jump in the forest up Afan Argoed

Latest News

Team Tredz rider Alex takes on Torq in your Sleep

Alex Takes on Torq In Your Sleep 2017

The start of the race was pretty hectic as there was a mixture of solo riders in with team riders who could afford to sprint off once the lead out quad bike peeled away. It took a lot of will power not to try to keep up with them! I began the race by riding in sets of three laps before having a quick stop.

Alex reviews the Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er

Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er Review

When I first had the XTC I was drawn in by the vibrant Red, White and Black paint work with a gloss finish. It has a classic XC look with the retro Fox 32 forks, complete with Black stations. The Carbon frame means that the bike has been designed with smooth lines and curves. The XTC is a lovely looking bike which will grab everyones attention.

Team Tredz Rider Alex Thomas in action in round 1 of the Welsh MTB XC Championships

Welsh Mountain Bike XC Round 1 | March 2017

The Welsh MTB XC series kicked off at Bryn Bettws, Afan Argoed. The British Cycling XC format involved riders completing set numbers of 7km laps depending on their category. Because I am in the “Sport Women” category I had 3 laps to complete, while elite women had 4 laps to complete, in as fast a time as possible.

Upcoming Events

Welsh Gravity Enduro Round 3 - Glyncorrwg, Wales | 20th October 2017

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Haibike Mini Enduro - Forest of Dean, England | 15th October 2017

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G#25 (5hr Solo XC Race) - Gorrick, England | 8th October 2017

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Tide 2 Tide (6hr Team Endurance Race) - Pembrey, Wales | 30th September 2017

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