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Cavan Walker and Caitlin Peters celebrated victory in the junior category of the National Circuit Championships at the Thruxton circuit on Sunday.
Walker, riding for Prologue RT, was quickest of a very competitive field with only eight seconds separating the top four.
After suffering an injury earlier in the season, keeping him out of action for four months, Walker has worked hard to come back and having won the national junior 25-mile time trial title, has capped off his season with victory here.
He said after the race: “I didn’t think I’d win but I certainly wanted to be competitive. I’ve had a tough three weeks in the build-up because I’d been under the weather and obviously had my injury earlier in the season, premature spinal degeneration round the L5 nerve.
“They didn’t know what it was at first, it turned out to be a simple steroid injection. The national hill climb championships is next up although that’s more of a social thing. It’s not my strength and I’m certainly not targeting it. I’ll be trying to get a solid training routine in over the winter.”
There was a tie for second place with Josh Copely of Catford CC and Manilla Cycling’s Adam Jarps both stopping the clock at 24.12.
It was a more comfortable victory for Peters, taking victory by 39 seconds with a time of 27.55. The i-Team CC rider has been in fantastic form throughout the season, taking both the national 10-mile and 25-mile time trial titles and she was in great form again her in her last appearance of the season.
She said: “I’ve been doing some specific training for this. It was the last race of season and I wanted to end on high so I’m pleased I could. I’ve done a few road races and track events this year but mainly time trials, the endurance side of it.
“It’s been a brilliant season, winning the 10, the 25 and this. It couldn’t have gone any better really. Next year I want to set more PBs, get better times. I’m going to ride some local track league for that competitive edge in the winter but also train with club on some long rides.”
Elizabeth Marvelly of Hillingdon Slipstreamers was second in 28.34 and in third was Connie Hayes of Liv AWOL in 29.18.
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