Strong start puts Walker on track for UK success

Hannah Walker. Photo contributed.
Hannah Walker. Photo contributed.

NATIONAL cycling champion Hannah Walker (pictured above) has helped her team to successive wins in a series of races.

Walker, 18, from Disley, who rides for the Motorpoint Pro Cycling Team, travelled to Jersey with team-mates Hannah Barnes and Lucy Garner, to participate in two races.

The first of these took place on Sunday May 29, a circuit race in St Helier town centre.

The trio worked well as a team, constantly attacking to try and win the race solo. Eventually, Garner broke away to secure victory, with Barnes and Walker, both 2010 National Madison Champions, controlling the bunch to secure second and third place respectively.

The following Monday, the girls took part in a road race just outside St Helier. Attempts by Walker and Garner to break away from the main bunch were thwarted after around six miles, but in a sprint to the finish the girls used their strength and speed to secure the top three places.

Tuesday saw the trio compete in the first round of the women’s tour series in Peterborough. The pace was fast throughout, but that didn’t phase Walker or her team-mates, with Barnes sprinting to victory again, Garner in third and Walker in sixth.

Walker, who has enjoyed a strong year, will compete in the Women’s National Road Race Championships at the end of this month.