Ellen McDermott was not a well known name in Irish women’s cycling until she won a Bronze medal at the Elite National Road Race Championships in Wexford in 2017 .
Now racing full-time both on Road & Track – we caught up with her today from her training base in Calpe, Spain (from the cycling hotspot Bar Tango).
So , Who is Ellen McDermott ?
Ellen came into the sport pretty late (Aged 29) but made a rapid progression in her cycling career.
“After racing for a years in Scotland I moved to Yorkshire and am currently racing for Boompods EDCO NRG. I’ve raced with these guys for two years (formally EDCO Continental)
I’ve been riding competitively in the UK and European road and track for three years and last year was a huge step up in the level of races I was competing in .
It all kicked off for me at the Tour of Malta in the early season with two 2nd places and 5th overall on GC. Then a race I have competed in every year in Scotland was the first big road win for me at the Sharon Argue Memorial, and our team picked up the team prize which was a bonus!”
That Win saw her lead The Scottish Women’s Race Series for a further three races.
McDermott then made the big decision to quit her job in Glasgow and move to Yorkshire to race full time.
She obtained her 1st Cat Licence and raced a multitude of UCI races in The Czech Republic, Belgium, Holland and Ireland.
“The crowning glory for me and everyone who’s helped me out this season was my Bronze medal at the Irish National road race in Wexford.
I’ve been working with my coach Jimmy Mac (Ex British champ ) for a year now and hats off to him for putting up with me”
For the 2018 Season , Ellen plans to focus on getting results in the UK National Races and getting her team noticed in the Women’s Team series.
“I’ve been really impressed by the jump in level of races in Ireland so am looking forward to getting over for for the Women’s League”