'I was crying on the start line' - from horror crash to double champion in two months

Kate Allan was left with concussion and 80 stitches after a tyre blowout, but didn't let it stop her becoming a champion

Kate Allan in action on her TT bike
(Image credit: Larry Hickmott @ VeloUK)

When Kate Allan suffered a horror crash in the 50-mile National Championship in July, anyone would have forgiven her for hanging up her aero wheels for the rest of the season – if not longer. 

But despite needing 80 stitches, losing a tooth and suffering concussion, she never once considered giving up. In fact the Team Bottrill rider was back on the road a month later and only a few weeks after that went on to win the two biggest prizes in UK time trialling – the National 25-mile and the National 10-mile titles.

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