Bike racing and injuries are sadly an inevitable pairing, and often no more so than when a rider is learning the ropes along with everyone else in the junior ranks.
In this edition of our ‘Show us your scars’ series, we catch up with 23-year-old Hannah Walker of Team WNT who tells about the injuries she’s sustained through her career, more often than not on the junior circuit.
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Her worst injury Walker tells us, came in her very first circuit race in Preston, where she crashed and damaged her hip, leaving off the bike for a long period before being able to return to racing.
It didn’t seem to dampen her spirits though, as the gnarly scar it left made a particularly impressive war wound to show off to her classmates at school.
Away from the bike, Walker also tells us about her most recent operation, which saw her have a litre-and-a-half of bone marrow extracted to donate to her brother who suffers from rare blood disorder, aplastic anemia.