FROM the postie bike back to the track, Daniel Ellis has rediscovered his passion for competing against the world’s best and is targeting an Olympic Games comeback in 2016.
Ellis ended a nine-month break from track cycling to help the ACT to a bronze medal in the team sprint at the national championships on Wednesday night.
It is the last place he thought he would be, having spent most of last year riding ”a little mean machine” around Adelaide as a postman after deciding he did not have the motivation to continue.
But a phone call from ACT coach Glenn Doney got him back on his bike last month and the 24-year-old will begin training full-time as he eyes a spot at the Commonwealth Games next year and the Olympics in Rio.
”My head just needed a break but when I got back on the track I thought to myself, ‘What have I been doing the last nine months, this is where I belong’,” Ellis said.
”I needed the time off, I knew I needed to get away because it was getting a bit dull and I didn’t have a decent break for about eight years.
”I needed a normal life for a bit, but now there’s a whole new excitement. My first few [training sessions] I had my head in the bin throwing up but I finally felt a bit more co-ordinated last week.”
Ellis and teammates Nathan Hart and Alex Bird secured third place in Sydney despite their limited preparation.
Bird is close to world championship selection and went to the London Olympics as a training rider with the Australian track team.
Ellis made his Olympic debut in Beijing in 2008 as a teenager and established himself as a consistent sprint and keirin rider.
But almost a decade of full-time training the 24-year-old lost his enthusiasm for the sport.
After he missed selection for the London Olympic team, he quit and began delivering letters on his postie bike.
He married, went mountain biking and bought a motorbike to try to enjoy a ”normal life” with no training commitments.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.