Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Insight into mountain bike champion’s career and life transitions

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Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Tomac can still throw a bike around with the best of them. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

The latest Bell All-Stars storytelling installment is out and it’s a good one. The video, feature story, and photo gallery celebrate iconic cycling champion and arguably the greatest mountain bike racer of all time, John Tomac. The story covers Tomac senior’s cross-discipline racing legacy, spanning professional careers in BMX, road racing, and mountain biking – accomplishments that remain unrivaled even today. Press play to hear from the legend himself — and his superstar motocross racing son, Eli.

The Bell All-Stars campaign focuses on the history of the athletic and racing pursuits of some of its “All-Star” athletes who have competed in Bell and inspired generations to pursue greatness. The campaign, consisting of feature videos and accompanying written stories, has this year profiled some of America’s first and finest champions in road and track cycling, and now expands from asphalt into the dirt with the Tomacs.

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

In his prime, John Tomac was one of the best XC and downhill racers in the world. Photo courtesy Bell

“Anyone who followed mountain bike racing through the 1990s likely remembers not only John Tomac’s versatility across a wide number of disciplines, but also that throughout nearly his entire career he competed in a Bell helmet,” said James Hibbard, marketing manager for Bell Helmets. “This made John a natural fit for the All-Stars campaign, and after spending some time with him at his ranch I was impressed not only by his results on the bike, but also by who both he and Eli are as people.”

Check out the gallery below for a host of great images from both then and now. And be sure to read the full story at www.bellhelmets.com.

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

The man. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

These days the elder Tomac spends a lot of time managing the superstar motocross racing career of son, Eli. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Tomac made a name for himself as a road racer before switching to MTB. Photo credit Mark Dawson

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Back in the day. Photo credit Mark Dawson

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Today, Tomac lives on a working ranch outside Durango, Colorado. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Eli was born with similar two-wheeled skills. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Practice makes perfect for the Tomac clan. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

One of Tomac’s first race bikes. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Now that is a garage. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Tomac adorned a few magazine covers over the years. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Still shredding after all these years. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Gotta stay in shape. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Father and son have made a formidable team. Photo credit Skyler Bishop

Bell All-Stars Video: John Tomac

Photo credit Skyler Bishop

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  • Scotch Hennesy says:

    Man! That brings back old memories..sifting thru the pages of Mountain Bike Action. Johnny Ts Web-Rear-Wheel was one of those items that seemed so fiscally out of reach to me as a young rider back in 1991. Love that his Son Eli is such a success in the moto world.

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