Welcome to our 2018 season review series where we'll be looking back at the successes and failures of 2018 and looking ahead to 2019. The first post in this series is team rider Ellis Pullinger. Ellis has had a difficult season but has still seen continuous improvement, this is why we've decided to keep him on for 2019. Here's what he has to say about his year:
2018 was a season of highs and lows for me personally. Attacking with 2k to go and winning at Mountbatten and being one of the strongest in the break at the Signum road race are definite highlights. But regularly I had to take time off due to illness, injury and personal issues. I’m yet to have an uninterrupted season!
My first hill climb season was great until I got ill for BUCS and National HC! I was always in the top 10 amongst some big names and was improving nicely into the last week of October. Then I got a chest infection and spent a week of the bike and only did one ride ahead of BUCS up Mam Nick, a course that suited me down to the ground. Nationals suited me less and required a lot of top end power that I was missing after time off. Both events had an amazing atmosphere and I enjoyed making and cheering on some good friends.
My first block of track racing went well and this is something I want to do regularly next year. There’s nothing like the adrenaline of racing at 60kph inches away from other riders. Although I was barely hanging onto form in December I had so much fun in the points race at BUCS that I will definitely be doing more track racing next year.
Early February I will be starting my own aerodynamic testing process (and maybe company) before I graduate from University in July. The team are getting some crazy aero gains for next year and I'm really excited.
I’m very grateful to Grahame for keeping me on for next year. Also a huge thanks to Gary at Datawolves for continuing sponsorship, we're all really lucky to have such great support. I’ll be hoping to have an impact in National B races in 2019 rather than being dragged around kicking and screaming! Bring it on.