A young British champion cyclist from Hipperholme Grammar School is gearing up for further success on the track as he prepares to compete in the National Cyclocross Series.
Race ace Harry Ellison, 12, has wheeled his way to several honours this year including being crowned Under-13 national and regional mountain bike champion for the British School Cycling Association.
The cycle star has ambitions of further glory on two wheels as he prepares to compete in the National Cyclocross Series’ Under-14s category – with the full backing of his school.
Matt Crouchman, Head of PE at Hipperholme Grammar School, said: “Harry's accolades in biking speak volumes as to the talent that he possesses. We are extremely proud of him and we hope for continued success for many seasons to come.”
Proud mum, Vikki Ellison, has been delighted with Harry’s successes so far and pleased that Hipperholme Grammar School is supporting his sporting endeavours.
“We are very proud of Harry and his achievements. He trains very hard and puts every effort into his races. He gets great support at school which has definitely helped him to prepare for the National Cyclocross Series,” said the 45-year-old.
Harry, who finished second in the Under-12s Yorkshire Cyclocross Summer Series this year and has kickstarted the winter season, begins his national quest for glory in Derby on 8th October.
The Pedalsport Cycle Club member first took up cycling at the tender age of two and started taking it seriously as he got older following dad John’s keen interest in the sport.
And as well as having ambitions of moving up to Pedalsport’s academy when he is old enough, Harry is now looking ahead to being a success on the road as well as in the classroom.
“He’s such a strong-willed character. He is really good at working his cycling around his studying and really enjoys his time at Hipperholme Grammar School. We can’t praise the school enough for all the encouragement they’re giving him to pursue everything he wants to,” added Vikki, whose youngest son Noah, 10, also cycles.
“We will encourage and support Harry as much as we can and hope he carries on progressing as much as he has been doing.”