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Harrogate cyclist joins Pro-Noctis team after guidance from Dame Sarah Storey

Lucy Ellmore from Harrogate has graduated from the ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy and will race for the Pro-Noctis cycling team in 2022.

An up-and-coming cyclist from Harrogate has graduated from the prestigious ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy and will race for the Pro-Noctis cycling team in 2022. 18-year-old Lucy Ellmore developed her skills under the tutelage of Britain’s greatest ever Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey. And the academy allowed Lucy to experience the life of a professional rider, including ride experience at the Women’s Tour, Tour of Britain and Tour Series. Lucy was also educated in the performance, nutrition and media profiles required to be a modern-day pro-cyclist. Dame Sarah Storey commented on Lucy’s success:

"I’m proud to see how Lucy has developed during her time with the ŠKODA Cycling Academy. "For Lucy to graduate to a new team so quickly is a reflection of the work she has put in and the resource of the programme in supporting her progression. "I wish her all the very best of luck for the future and will be monitoring her progress with great interest."
Lucy completed her A Levels at Rossett School earlier this year and will be taking a year out from her studies to pursue her cycling dreams. Lucy, who has been riding since she was 13-years-old, said:
"I loved every minute of my year with the ŠKODA Cycling Academy and thankful for what I’ve learnt from Dame Sarah. "For the next year I’ll be juggling work at the local police treatment centre with riding for the Pro-Noctis team. I’m looking at completing an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering or accountancy in the future but want to focus on my cycling first. "I particularly enjoy the criterium races in city centres, the big crowds create an amazing atmosphere and a real buzz. Roll on 2022!”
[caption id="attachment_21340" align="alignnone" width="1200"] (Picture by SWpix.com) Dame Sarah Storey and Skoda Academy Riders in Warrington.[/caption] The ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy offers ambitious female cyclists, aged between 17-22, with a route to the elite level of the sport and includes money cannot buy ride experiences. Earlier this year Academy Lucy took part in a ride out with Dame Sarah Storey across stage 5 of the Tour of Britain and completed a recce of the Women’s Tour time trial stage in advance of the professionals. Lucy’s parents, Linda and Andrew Ellmore, said:
"We’re so proud of what Lucy has achieved during her year with the ŠKODA Cycling Academy. "We were surprised when she received offers from three different cycling teams but ultimately it is testimony to her hard work and dedication to the sport that she loves. "We wish her all the very best of luck and will be supporting her all the way."
Dame Sarah Storey also gave some advice for Lucy in her future career in cycling. She said:
"My advice to Lucy has remained consistent throughout the time I have worked with her. Focus on a process driven approach and the things that are within your control. "Logical decision making is key and maximising new opportunities will always be important. "By creating a plan that is both challenging but achievable she will be able to continue the progress she has made during her time with the ŠKODA Cycling Academy."
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