Matti selected as British Cycling apprentice

Date: Friday 20th October 2017
Matti Egglestone
Matti Egglestone

PENRITH teenager Matti Egglestone has been selected as a Great Britain cycling team apprentice.

The 15-year-old Ulls-water Community College student, who rides for Beacon Wheelers, will embark on a training program with a dedicated coach. He will be away in either Manchester or Derby for one weekend every month as well as having a separate training day every month.

Apprentices are typically aged 13-16, and four are picked from the North West. This was the last year in which Matti could be selected, and it has not been one of his best in terms of results as he has spent much of it out of action through injury.

He was on the sidelines last winter with a broken collarbone, and had two nasty crashes earlier this year which again left him unable to compete.

However, British Cycl-ing looks at past performances and awards apprenticeships to those showing potential through RSRs (regional school of racing) and national races.

Matti cites cyclocross and circuit racing as his preferred disciplines, and he has enjoyed many successes at both, with the highlight being two victories at the Errigal International Youth Tour in southern Ireland.

Beacon Wheelers coach Bob McLean, who has known Matti since he was seven and completed the coast to coast cycle from Whitehaven to the North East with dad, Steve, said: “He is on the first step of the ladder, following in the footsteps of people like Ellie Dickinson and Mark Donovan (former Beacon Wheelers). If he sticks in I can’t see why he won’t make it. He has done the hardest part by getting on it (the apprenticeship).

“He ticks all the boxes for what British Cycling are looking for. It is not just about being a good cyclist — they look into how you behave and how your family behaves around you at events.

“I cannot speak highly enough of Matti. He is a good marker for young riders. He gets on with everybody and will come and help me with the young ones, who look up to him.”

A British Cycling spokesman said: “Being an apprentice helps with preparation for life as a junior and, if successful, on to the next stage of the route.”

He said they were looking for good discipline-specific skills, competitive performances at national races, a good physical base, positive attitudes and a willingness to learn.

Apprentices learn race-specific skills and race tactics, the ability to work longer and at a higher intensity, how to manage their own development, and the training and competition habits required for success. This is done through coaching support, regular group training sessions, access to world-class facilities, advice on managing a workload, completion of a weekly training diary, and advice at national races.

Matti is the son of Steve and Lorraine Egglestone, and has an older sister, Kayleigh. He is coached by his dad and Bob McLean.