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Eliot is a cyclist who has now started his own cycling club. He talks to Sundried about life on two wheels.

Have you always been into sport?

Ever since I can remember I have been into sport, but in the last 3 years I have begun cycling and at the start of 2020 I started a cycling club called CKLER with 3 of my best friends.

How did you first get into cycling?

I first got into cycling as me and a group of friends planned to cycle from coast to coast and the adventure began from there. I then started cycling to work and going on longer rides at the weekend.

I started a cycling club called CKLER and we are now planning several big touring rides for the coming year.

What has been your favourite race to date and why?

The only races I have entered have been a 5k and a 10k obstacle race and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them but I did miss my bike.

What is your proudest achievement?

The birth of my 2 daughters.

Have you ever had any racing disasters?

When doing the 10k obstacle course I was crawling through mud when I hit my sternum on a huge boulder under the mud. It winded me so badly that I had to be dragged out of the tunnel by the on course marshals.

How do you overcome setbacks?

Normally by gritting my teeth and pushing through them.

What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

Even if you don’t want to go out, do it because 5 minutes in you will instantly feel good about everything.

What are your goals?

To lose some weight and to be able to average around 18-20mph on my bike consistently.

Who inspires you?

My inspiration in sport is American football related, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. He is incredible in the face of adversity and digs deep every time he’s challenged and seems to always come out on top. He’s taken the Seahawks to 2 Super Bowl finals in 8 seasons.

Why work with Sundried?

They stand for so much of what I believe in and agree with such as water for children. I believe children cannot help where or what family they are born into and helping those less fortunate than ourselves is great.