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Ellie Stone – “Track cycling is so much faster than running!”


As the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games roll ever closer we continue our series of interviews with the riders who will represent Scotland on the Lee Valley ‘Pringle’ boards in London for the track racing – and the roads around Wolverhampton for the Individual Time Trial and Warwick for the Road Race.

Ellie Stone is reigning British 500 metre Time Trial and Keirin champion – but despite these successes she’ll not be riding either event, rather piloting a tandem in the para cycling events; the Kilometre Time Trial on Sunday July 31st and the Match Sprint on Friday 29th July.

The 21 years-old originally from Aviemore is now Glasgow-based to be close to the velodrome and she took time to speak to VeloVeritas recently.

You were originally a runner, Ellie?

“Yes, I was a sprint hurdler but I transitioned to cycling as a result of a ‘talent transfer’ scheme organised by UK Sport; they test you and establish if there’s another sport you’d be better suited to.

“They said I had good power and the potential to be a good cyclist – I jumped at the opportunity because I was going to be working with coaches at the highest level, people who had coached Olympic champion