World champion guest speaker at Elgin Cycling Club's award dinner
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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.
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.
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.
Rider of the year: Dan Long
Ladies’ Trophy: Lorna Breetzke
Club Member of the Year: Diane Maciver
Most Improved Male: Scott Slater
Most Improved Female: Lucia Cunvin Smith
Confined TT (Best time trial racer): Sandy Bond
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