Had time off the bike? Ex-Tour racer Malcolm Elliott talks about how he got back up to speed after a prolonged hiatus

Many professional sports are seen as being for younger athletes, with the peaks in their careers usually coming in a rider’s early thirties. Jens Voigt was a rare example of those continuing to stay relevant in the WorldTour over the age of 40.

British cycling legend Malcolm Elliott had a successful road racing career which he brought to a close at the end of the 1997 season at the age of 36. But that wasn’t the end of his cycling, and Elliott made his return to the professional scene in 2003, by then aged 41.

Malcolm Elliott

Elliott in the 2009 Tour of Ireland. Photo: Graham Watson

The following season he won the National Elite Circuit Series (which he won again in 2006) and the season-long Premier Calendar. He continued racing into 2010 taking part in the Tour Series and finally called time on his comeback at the end of the 2011 season.

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As he details in this video interview, he returned as a more mature character and began to enjoy training again when previously it had become a chore. His off the bike weight training routine kept his strength up and allowed him to get back up to speed much faster than would otherwise have been the case.