It’s all downhill for Boston Wheeler Ellis

Rick Ellis.
Rick Ellis.

It’s official - Rick Ellis is going downhill fast.

Fresh from his continental triumph, the Boston Wheelers member took on the ‘Ard Rock Enduro in North Yorkshire - and returned with a victory.

Despite competing in the stunning surrounding of Swaledale, Ellis didn’t have much time to take in the view as he hurtled downhill on his mountain bike.

The ‘Ard Rock event offered exclusive, specially selected timed stages in 100 per cent natural and rough, rock-strewn terrain.

The rally-style special segments were incorporated into an amazing 40km+ loop of the Scott Trial motor cycle territory around Reeth.

Ellis rose to the challenge and dropped fastest of the vets to claim a well-deserved first place in the veteran category.

Last month he claimed a second-place finish in the Masters section on the route known as France’s Mountain of Hell.

He was competing at the free ride downhill mountain biking competition at Les Deux Alpes, near Grenoble.

And he claimed an incredible second place in the Masters class.

The highlight of the event is 25km of downhill riding on an unmarked route from the top of a glacier, under the shadow on Mont Blanc.

Mountain biking addicts must pass through several posts, ride over snow, rocks, single tracks, steps, and take on a sheer descent.

Proving that it is not just the more experienced members that can achieve succes, Boston Wheelers’ seven-year-old Thomas Smith has claimed a victory all of his own.

Thomas claimed first place at the Blyton Circuit Races hosted by Scuthorpe Poly.

That rounded off a nice weekend for the family as dad Darren had already taken first place in this week’s round of the Wheelers’ 10-mile TT League.

He recorded yet another 23 minute ride, this time clocking 23 mins 21 secs.

The club’s Mr Consistent has managed to clock a 23-minute 10-mile time for 11 out of the 12 events so far this season.

Other times were: Martin White 23-48, Shane Gowling 23-53, Nick Milward 24-37, Nigel Clare 25-41, Simon Plaice 26-01, Ian Scott 26-14, Richard Cripps 30-45.