Hannah enjoys chance to cheer on our cycling heroes but the brave teenager is facing her own feat of endurance
THE Tour of Britain lifted the spirits of hundreds of Derbyshire people.
But none more than 19-year-old Hannah Spencer.
The Duffield teenager has been battling a rare form of leukaemia since 2009.
The cancer she has, called chronic myeloid leukaemia, affects only 20 children in the UK each year.
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Hannah, of Hill Road Farm, was diagnosed when she was 16 and has since undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
And last December, she had a life-saving bone marrow transplant after doctors said the medication she was on was not working.
Only three days ago, Hannah received some shocking news.
"The doctors said the cancer isn't going away," she said.
"I took part in the Race for Life not long ago and I've been building myself up but they said the cancer is still there.
"I had to have my bone marrow cells topped up. Now I will just have to wait and see what happens next."
Hannah, who was eager to take pictures of the cyclists as they whizzed past, described the Tour of Britain as "amazing".
She said: "Me and my brothers are all into cycling so getting to see the Tour of Britain was really great.
"My brothers say they are my personal trainers. They don't like me being at home and indoors so they take me out on my bike."
Her mum, Sarah, said Hannah had been inspired by the Tour of Britain.
She said: "It has been nice to see everyone so happy and cheering the cyclists on. This has really lifted her."
Hannah was not the only person to be boosted by the tour's visit to Derbyshire.
In the east of the county children in Ilkeston saw what a local person could do with hard work and determination.
As the tour passed through the home town of Dave Brailsford – the mastermind of team GB's cycling success at the Olympics and general manager of Team Sky – pupils at the Kensington Junior School left their lessons for an hour to witness the riders stream past.
Flying Union Flags and cheering each of their heroes, the children made the most of the day.
Millie Cannon, nine, of Ilkeston, said: "It was really exciting seeing them all come past. I watched the Olympics on television and seeing them here was really good."
Classmate Caitlin Bennett, eight, also of Ilkeston, said: "I love the Olympics. I am really looking forward to seeing Bradley Wiggins."
For teachers it was a great way to really bring home the summer of sport that has dominated the news.
Jayne Carter, year four class teacher at Kensington Junior School, said: "Having the tour come right past the gates is a great to bring the curriculum to life for the kids.
"We have done so much on the Olympics and the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish that it is amazing to see them so close. It is also amazing for pupils to see the team managed by Dave Brailsford, who is a local person. It really shows them what any one of them could do given enough hard work."
Also in the crowd was Josh Calder. The 18-year-old had travelled from nearby Kimberly. He said: "I used to ride but stopped. With the Olympics and the Tour de France I really want to get back on my bike. It is great to see so many kids out watching the race."
It was not just from Derbyshire that people had flocked to see the tour. The Lambert family had travelled from Market Bosworth, in Leicestershire. Ken Lambert, 50, his wife Claire, 36, and their two children Alex, seven, and Eloise, six, were in Turnditch to see the riders pass by.
Mr Lambert said: "It is incredible for the children to be able to see these riders come past. It is the first time that we have come to something like this but I know Alex already knows what he wants for Christmas."
Alex said: "I want a proper road bike for my next present. I want to keep my mountain bike though because I can ride that in the garden."
In Ashbourne, the tour had prompted people to dust off their bikes and get back in the saddle years after they had last taken to two wheels.
David and Elaine Barnes, from Swinscoe, have recently started cycling again.
Mr Barnes said: "We got back into it to keep ourselves fit after a 15-year lay-off!
"Today has been fantastic, I stood up on some steps and got a really good view of it and I was snapping photos as they passed."
James Hallam, who had cycled the 25 miles to Ashbourne from Chesterfield to enjoy the atmosphere, said he had been cycling for as long as he could remember.
He said: "I went to the Tour de France this year and thought I would catch this today and make a day of it.
"There's a lot more people here than I thought there would be, but cycling is so much more popular these days."
Joanna Wright, who lives in Derby, said she had been inspired to get pedaling after seeing the Tour of Britain.
She said: "I just came out today to see what was going on and catch a glimpse of Bradley Wiggins, but seeing this today and the Olympics has really made me want to get a bit fitter. It's been very exciting and the day has had a lovely atmosphere."