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Olympian 'shocked' to miss selection

Charlotte Grimwood
Lauren Ellis, Ellese Andrews, Jessie Hodges, Emily Sheerman ride as a team.  Megan Ellis

National cycling champion Lauren Ellis has failed to secure one of 10 spots in the NZ Women's Endurance Track Squad.

Ellis, who placed fourth in the Omnium track cycling event at the Rio Olympics, said she was shocked to miss selection in the endurance squad.

"Honestly, at the start, I really struggled with it. It was really hard news to take," she said.

But she saw the positive.

"There is such strong depth in the women's team now," Ellis said.

And she was undetterred, saying she was now targeting the Oceania Championship in October.

"I may as well give it one more shot, I've got nothing to lose now," Ellis said.

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Ellis said her partner was proud of her for taking "the hard route".

His support kept her positive, Ellis said.

Instead of doing long rides at lower watts, her days are broken up to fit around when she can train.

Ellis said she was not at the level she wanted at the moment, but she knew what it took to get there.

"I've done it before, so I know I can."

Lauren Ellis, 2016 Megan Ellis