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Katie Toft

Katie Toft.

The 22-year-old para-cyclist, from Chinley, competes in road racing, track racing and time trial. She finished second in her class at the National Road Championships.

Katie says: "I currently train six days a week, which consists of a turbo session, a track session with the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS), a gym session, a recovery session, and generally two road rides that are between two and three hours each.

"Personally, I prefer the sessions whereby the end it's extremely difficult at the end. I like to know I have pushed myself to the limit every day. This can be difficult when I have certain aims to meet, which means I have to hold back slightly so then I really focus on reaching the required numbers.

"I started this year with an injury, but fortunately I had a pretty good winter's training, so I guess one goal is to be on the start line next year in the best physical condition I can be.

"Despite the injury I have had very good session building on the performances from last year. The aim would be to build on this again, gaining experience, and general sports knowledge.

"Something I struggled with this year is learning to ride using Time Trial or Aero Bars; this is an area I want to explore more. I want to find out firstly due to my disability whether or not I can ride TT bars and how far I can push myself in the different position.

"If I do manage to ride with TT bar the benefits would be massive and would really help me during time trials and track racing due to being more aerodynamic. The hope would be to maintain my development as an athlete and focus now on placing well it each event I compete in."