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by Shane Stokes
October 19, 2017
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Gillian and Nigel Ellsay (Team Colavita/Bianchi and Team Silber Cycling, respectively) stamped their mark on the American race scene this year, becoming two highly watched up-and-comers, and resulting in a dual deal with Rally Cycling in the process.
Gillian and Nigel grew up in British Columbia, Canada, and followed in their Dad’s footsteps (or shall we say, tyre-tracks) as a bike racer himself. The two have developed into strong forces when it comes to the race against the clock, and both are thrilled to done the same kit for the 2018 season.
“Riding on the same team as my brother is going to be a blast,” Gillian said, adding that he passed on invaluable advice and was a key supporter in her development. As a previous national champion, and a top junior athlete, Gillian found herself on Team Colavita and gained significant experience on the PRT circuit this season. “We know what Gillian is capable of, and we are very excited to add her to our growing roster,” said Women’s DS Zach Bell. “We have a lot of Canadians on the team that are tough, smart, great athletes, and we think Gillian will fit right in.”
As for Nigel, the young Canadian placed second in the national championship TT, but felt his performance at Tour of Utah is what really stood out. “It wasn’t a win, a podium or even a top ten,” Nigel said. “However, it was a big personal victory. I’ve never climbed at that level before.” Nigel added that his result at Tour of Utah was a culmination of hard work and sacrifice.
“You can see that Nigel is ready to land some big results,” said Men’s DS Jonas Carney. “He is always there at the end of these difficult races. Putting him with our best climbers will push him to reach that next level.”