Nikki Harris has talked positively of her preparations for the 2015 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, despite a series of set-backs earlier in the season.
Harris has described the past three weeks as “the perfect build-up” for the race which takes place in Tabor on 31 January.
A strong start to the 2014/15 campaign for the 28-year-old from Derbyshire culminated with a superb November where she took bronze at the European championships, a win in the Superprestige and third at her home UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Milton Keynes.
However, injury ended Harris’ December training camp before it had begun and instead she had to find a new approach for the biggest race of the season.
“After Milton Keynes I planned to go to Girona for a two week block of training, but instead I had 11 days off the bike” Harris recalls.
“So those Christmas races, I came into them having done what I’d done ahead of Milton Keynes, which was a two-week rest – which I’d never choose to do – but I thought I’d try to spin it round and be in good shape for the end of the season.”
That period resulted in Harris finishing second to Helen Wyman at January’s British championships, before a two-week training camp to try and deliver good form for the world championships.
“It was actually the first time in a long time I’ve been able to do a good block of training without having an injury or some kind of crash before it.”
Harris returned to Belgium before winning in Rucphen and backing up with tenth in the following day’s Hoogerheide world cup.
“I wanted to use the races to do the last block of intensity,” Harris explained, of her decision to compete on both days.
“On Monday I felt a bit tired, but I still felt quite good considering, so I think with a rest I should be good for the weekend.
“If nothing else happens in the next few days I can be on the start line and confident I have done my best. I’m hoping my form is going to be the best it’s been all season.”