One of Britain’s best-loved and most successful riders of all time, Malcolm Elliott, turns 50 today.

Most famed for his two stage victories in the Vuelta a Espana, Elliott has been national road race (1993), hill climb (1980) and pursuit champion (1985), masters world champion (2006) and also competed in the Olympics and the Tour de France.

Despite initially retiring from the professional scene over a decade ago, Elliott cannot shake off the racing bug, as proved by his decision to continue competing domestically with the Motorpoint in this, his ninth season since he returned to the peloton.

His spirit and enthusiasm remains as strong as ever, but for the last two months he’s been affected by a mystery illness that affects him on the bike.

“It was at the Rutland Melton CiCLE Classic (in April) when this first began,” he told Cycling Weekly at last Sunday’s National Championships.

“It’s not really an illness as such, its just something that happens down my windpipe – whenever I try and make an effort it immediately feels as rough as a cactus.”

Elliott was forced to miss several rounds of the Tour Series, the scene of his last individual victory in 2009.

Thankfully, he’s hopeful that things will improve in the next few weeks.

There’s nothing sinister there luckily, it just seems to be an irritated larynx. It’s got me doing inhalations three times a day which should help moisturise it as it’s super dry.”

When asked what his plans were for today, he said that he’ll be spending it with friends and family. Hopefully his sore throat doesn’t stop him from having a glass or two of wine – he deserves.

Happy birthday, Malcolm!

Malcolm Elliott : A career in pictures

Malcolm Elliott, time trial

Time trialling at the start of his professional career

Malcom Elliott, 1986

The familiar sight of Elliott winning, this time in Northampton, 1986

Malcolm Elliott talking to the press, Kellogs Tour

Millar talks to the media, Kellogs Tour of Britain

Malcom Elliott during the 1988 Tour de France

Elliott tackling the Puy-de-Dome during the 1988 Tour de France

Malcolm Elliott wins
Elliott wins the East Midlands International CiCLE Classic, 2007

Malcolm Elliott, Blackpool Nocturne 2009

Blackpool Nocturne, 2009

Malcolm Elliott, Tour Series 2010, round 2, Durham

His last win to date: Durham Tour Series round, 2010

Mark Cavendish and Malcolm Elliott, British road race national championships 2011

British sprint kings: Cavendish and Elliott at last Sunday’s National Championships

Malcolm Elliott : The teams
Ti Raleigh-Weinmann (1984), Raleigh (1985), ANC-Halfords (1986-87), Fagor (1988), Teka (1989-90), Seur (1991-92), Chevrolet-LA Sheriffs (1993-96), Comptel (1997).

Pinarello-Assos (2003-05), Plowman Craven (2006), Pinarello RT (2007-08), CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta (2009), Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta (2010), Motorpoint Pro Cycling (2011).

Malcolm Elliott: The victories

2010

Halfords Tour Series, winner, round

2007

East Midlands International Cicle Classic

Shay Elliott Memorial 

Newport Nocturne

2006

British Elite circuit series; overall

UCI World masters road championship 

Chas Messenger Three Day; overall

2005
FDB Insurance Ras; stage

Trofeo International

2004

FDB Milk Ras; two stage
s
Girvan Three Day; overall 
and two stage
s
Beaumont Trophy

Premier Calendar; overall

British Elite Circuit series; overall

Tour of Mallorca; overall

Trofeo International

2003 

Havant International GP

1997

Tour Lefleur
Jackson Criterium

1996

Killington Stage race; overall
 and three stages
Manhattan Beach Grand Prix

Tour of Mendoza

1995

Tour DuPont; stage
Killington Stage Race; two stages

1994

Redlands Stage Race; overall
Killington Stage Race; two stages
First Union Grand Prix

1993

British road race champion

Redlands Classic; overall
 and stage
First Union Grand Prix

1992 

Tour of the Mining Valleys; stage

1991 

Trofeo Masferrer

Torres Vedras; overall


1990
Tour of Catalonia; two stages

Tour of the Americas; three stage
s
Tour of Cantabria; two stages

Tour of the Basque Country; stage

1989
Vuelta a Espana; points competition and stage
Semana Catalana; two stages
Castilla y Leon; two stages
Tour of Galicia; stage

Kellogg’s Tour of Britain; prologue

1988 

Vuelta a Espana; stage
Tour of Aragon; stage 

Kellogg’s Tour of Britain; overall, prologue and stage

1987 

Milk Race; overall
 and five stages
Nissan Classic; three stages


Tour of Lancashire; overall
 and stage

1986

Kellogg’s Circuit series; two wins and overall

Milk Race; two stages

Sun Tour; two stage
s

1985 

Sun Tour; overall

British professional pursuit champion

1984

Sealink International

British national criterium champion

  • Matthew Leonard

    I remember thinking that Sid Barras wasdoing well for his age in the Kelloggs Criteriums of the mid 80s but ME is now about 14 years older and still out there, kudos!!

  • Phil O’Connor

    Nice to see some of my old pics of Malcolm getting used again! I will be 50 next month and Malcolm’s never ending career has been a constant reminder to me of how tragic my general fitness has become over the past 10 years in particular.

    Without a doubt one of Britain’s finest riders of all time. Happy Birthday Malcolm!

  • Tim Howcroft

    What a rider. I’ve watched Malcolm race from the days of Kellogs city centre racing to last sundays nationals. I reckon there’s still a couple of years at top flight still in him. Happy birthday & will see you at the East Riding premier. Regards Tim & Sheldon (Otley CC)

  • chris meads

    A true legend of the international cycling scene. All the best Malcolm and lets hope we see you back to your best soon

  • Andrew Parker

    All the best Malcolm. You are an inspiration to all the over 40’s out there. Keep up the good work and hope to see you in this years Tour of Britain.