Ellis enjoying efforts on road and mountain bike

Spalding Cycling Club teenager Matt Ellis is part of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme.
Spalding Cycling Club teenager Matt Ellis is part of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme.

Spalding Cycling Club youngster Matt Ellis has been put on the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme.

This year’s road and mountain bike season started with two British cycling regional schools of racing that helped with skills in the freezing snow and heavy rain of the Peak District.

Ellis was pleased with second place in his first mountain bike cross country race near King’s Lynn.

The first regional road race of the season came as a shock as 70 people turned up with points only awarded for the top three.

Ellis had a strong finish for 18th and came sixth in the second race at Milton Keynes.

In the first round of the national mountain bike cross country series at Sherwood Pines, Ellis started from 54th in the grid but finished 29th and ninth under-15.

The third round of the eastern region MTB cross country races saw Ellis earn his opening win of the season in the first year of the under-16 category.

He said: “With half a lap to go someone put in a big attack which I didn’t respond to instantly.

“With 150m to go I caught him and going round the last corner (a tight chicane that was slightly off cambered) we were shoulder to shoulder 
but I just got him by half a bike length.”

The second round of the national mountain bike cross country series at Plymouth saw Ellis finish 22nd.

He was 60th in the first stage – a 1.29km time trial along the promenade at Douglas – at the Isle of Man international youth tour.

Stage two was a hilly open road course in the middle of the island which had two big hills on each lap.

The final stage at Ramsey was a 2.4km lap with two dead turns each lap and Ellis was pleased to finish 45th.

In July Ellis will take part in the hill climb/ city centre race at Lincoln as part of the elite national championships weekend.