Ambitious Faber launches new season in style

Faye Faber
Faye Faber
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  • Shanklin rider wins Test Valley Time Trial
  • Cycling talent eyes British and World Championship qualification
  • Island Games are also on the agenda
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FAYE FABER grabbed her first win of the season and immediately set her sights on bigger targets.

The Shanklin rider clocked 26min 35sec to triumph in the 10-mile Test Valley Time Trial in Romsey.

And now she is gunning to make her mark in the British Championships, the Island Games and the Amateur World Championships.

‘This was my first race of the season,’ said Faber, 31.

‘It’s quite early on. I wouldn’t normally be looking to do any major races until May but I did this one as a leg­ tester, so it was nice to win.

‘I have an Amateur World Championships qualifying event later this year and if I’m in the top 25 per cent of times, I will go to Denmark.

I did this one as a leg­tester, so it was nice to win.

Faye Faber

‘If I get my training right and get to a good bodyweight, anything’s possible.

‘The nationals are on June 25 and two days later I have the Island Games in Jersey, so I’m very busy!

‘It’s much more difficult when you’re not a professional and living on the Isle Of Wight makes it tricky.’

Faber only took up cycling in 2012 but she quickly found top gear and finished 34th in the British Time Trial Championships at Celtic Manor last year.

Racing against the nation’s finest riders has only inspired the Wightlink Offshore Race Team ace.

She said: ‘I was completely hooked (on cycling) from the first pedal stroke.

‘I went to the nationals last year and raced against Joanna Rowsell and Lizzie Armitstead and all the world champions, which was quite exciting.

‘I also saw Bradley Wiggins race, which was pretty crazy.

‘It was a real inspiration to watch them ride and I picked up some little pointers.

‘I’m desperate to qualify again this year.

‘One day I would love at least a top-­10 finish, that would be an amazing dream.’

Fareham Wheelers talent Lewis Martin was the fastest under-20 rider in 24.43.

His team-mates Sam Dorkings (24.47) and Barrington Day (32.53) were also in action.