Team WNT’s Hannah Walker has been crowned North West Regional Road Race Champion after a hard fought race with support from teammate Bex Rimmington. The North West Road Race Championship took place over four laps of a hilly 11 mile circuit around the Trough of Bowland and attracted an excellent field of riders to the start line.
“I was looking forward to seeing what the challenging course brought. The 11 mile circuit was rolling and featured two significant climbs, the first being the hardest, due to its length and the fact that it gradually got steeper, with a leg stinging kick up at the top. My race plan, knowing I was perhaps one of the fastest for the flat sprint finish, was to keep an eye on a few particular riders on the climb, ensuring they didn't get away by me taking on the climb from the front. Bex Rimmington also put in a great attack on the steep section of the climb, which really tested everyone and strung the peloton out,” says Hannah.
On the final lap of the circuit it came down to the final 5km, which was very fast with a descent, that developed into a flat twisty run in. Bex put in another attack with 2km to go, taking three riders with her, Hannah then had to chase back onto this group slowly reeling them in so as not to waste her legs all at once. “I got to the last left hand bend first with 400m to go, and wound my sprint up, I felt a rider coming by with 150m to go and I thought I'd gone too early, the finish line couldn't come soon enough, but when it did it was a great feeling to win the North West Road Race championship for the first time.”
Since winning the North West Regional Road Race title Hannah was back in action for Team WNT in the final rounds of the Matrix GP Series, where she unfortunately had a crash, suffering a cracked wrist and elbow on her right arm and some shoulder damage on the left. Typical of Hannah, though, she remains in good spirits and is currently following the Women's Tour of Britain in the official’s car.