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World champion guest speaker at Elgin Cycling Club's award dinner


By Jonathan Clark

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CELEBRATED world champion Peter Ettles was guest speaker at Elgin Cycling Club’s awards dinner at Elgin Golf Club on Saturday.

Peter Ettles speaks as interested Elgin Cycling Club members listen on.
Peter Ettles speaks as interested Elgin Cycling Club members listen on.

The room fell quiet as Ettles told of how he developed from a 12-year-old schoolboy cyclist in Forres to World Masters Track Champion, aged 51, in 2014.

After his speech, Peter presented several awards to Elgin Cycling Club members for outstanding performances over the last year.

The night started, though, with Peter’s talk, which covered everything from the hardships of training for a very specific discipline to having the organisation for routinely making 800-mile round weekend trips.

Peter inspired club members – describing some of his winning rides in detail and showing the audience his world title jersey, as well as world medals.

Peter Ettles shows interested members his shirts and medal collection.
Peter Ettles shows interested members his shirts and medal collection.

The talk was peppered with humour and stories of some of the characters and pro cyclists he cycled with, but Peter also had plenty of time to chat with cyclists – including some of the club's youngest members.

The club has been inspired to plan an ‘away day’ to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome so members can try track cycling.

Peter presented Elgin Cycling Club's awards for 2021 to the winners.

Award winners

Rider of the year: Dan Long

Ladies’ Trophy: Lorna Breetzke

Lorna Breetzke was named as the winner of the Ladies' Trophy.
Lorna Breetzke was named as the winner of the Ladies' Trophy.

Club Member of the Year: Diane Maciver

Diane Maciver - Club Member of the Year.
Diane Maciver - Club Member of the Year.

Most Improved Male: Scott Slater

Scott Slater picked up the most-improved male award.
Scott Slater picked up the most-improved male award.

Most Improved Female: Lucia Cunvin Smith

Lucia Cunvin Smith was most-improved female.
Lucia Cunvin Smith was most-improved female.

Confined TT (Best time trial racer): Sandy Bond

Sandy Bond was named at Confined TT award winner.
Sandy Bond was named at Confined TT award winner.

Road Race (Best racing results): Nicky Moir

Crampon (Fastest to climb Moray's toughest hill): Marc Roberts

Off Road Rider: Beverley Ellis

Tourist (Road biking furthest): Sheila Scott

Sheila Scott was named as the winner out of the 'tourist' award.
Sheila Scott was named as the winner out of the 'tourist' award.


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