Sleaford cyclist Jake Poole, 15, returns to racing after major injury
A YOUNG racing cyclist has overcome incredible odds to start cycling once more following a major injury.
Jake Poole, 15, from Sleaford, was once second in the country for his age but thought his dreams of cycling professionally would be shattered when he broke his back in a competition last year.
He was competing in a national race in Sheffield in September 2011 when he went over the handlebars and suffered the injury.
Jake said: " I thought that was my cycling days over."
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The teenager, who has loved cycling since he was six, spent a week in hospital before leaving with a back brace which he had on until Christmas.
He said: "I was in the back brace for about four months and I had quite a bit of trouble walking.
"Even when I sat still for a long time I ended up in quite a bit of pain, it was not pleasant."
In January this year Jake sat on a bike again for the first time – determined not to let his injury stop him.
He said: "I really wanted to get back on it. I had a go just in the garage at first but now I'm already racing again."
Jake came first in a race at Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire three weeks ago and will compete in National races in Shrewsbury, Derby and Bradford in the coming weeks.
Jake added: "I'm not fully recovered yet but I'm getting there.
"If my back takes a lot of bumps it hurts so just have to be careful.
"My dream is to cycle professionally when I'm older and I won't let anything come in my way."
To follow Jake's progress check out his blog at www.jakepoole.co.uk .