Davies regains lost ground after long injury lay-off

PUBLISHED: 07:25 15 September 2017

Welwyn Garden City's Cal Davies, who rides for Finchley RT, is back racing after a long injury lay-off. Picture: SANJAY PATEL/REDBRIDGE CYCLING CLUB

Welwyn Garden City's Cal Davies, who rides for Finchley RT, is back racing after a long injury lay-off. Picture: SANJAY PATEL/REDBRIDGE CYCLING CLUB

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Welwyn Garden City-based cyclist Cai Davies has been delighted with his return to racing after a frustrating 18 months away.

The 19-year-old cyclist, who races for Finchley RT, injured his knee in a training crash back in December 2015.

But after several failed comebacks, Davies was straight back into the sharp end, rarely finding himself outside of the top 10, and re-claiming his second category license in just 12 races.

The standout performance was a third place finish at the Berkhamsted CC Road Race, Davies’ first podium finish in a longer distance road race event, which he described as a “great feeling”.

“The time off was difficult but the recent progression has given me confidence in myself,” Davies said.

“It felt amazing to be back, I’m surprised by how quickly my form has returned.”

Despite his competitors enjoying a 5 month head-start on Davies, as he had missed over half of the current season, the Finchley rider stated he felt “comfortable” in the racing environment.

This rapid adjustment was one of the key factors that allowed Davies to regain his second category license, an impressive achievement in so little time, and one that makes his 2018 goals more achievable.

He is currently studying biology at Keele University, whom he credits as being “supportive” in his comeback, and he believes the terrain accessible in the nearby peak district will improve his results in the 2018 season.

“I hope to come into next season in good form and I aim to achieve my category one license, which will help me compete in bigger races,” he said.

“My career goal is to ride for a UCI continental team, to compete in the biggest races in Britain while pursuing a career in biology after completing my degree”.

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