Charlotte Green believes she can approach the 2015 BMX season injury free, after a gruelling six-month recovery from wrist and shoulder injuries.
The British Cycling Olympic Academy athlete faced a frustrating 2014, with career-best results contrasted by missing the world championships and most of the world cup series.
The season started positively in Manchester, as Green reached her first final of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in April and finished fourth, before racing to 13th at round two in Papendal.
However, a wrist injury put an end to her participation at the world championships and a shoulder injury the rest of her season.
Despite such setbacks, Green is confident a recent uninterrupted period of training and rehabilitation leaves her in a good position to return to her best.
“The injury has improved a lot” Green said.
“I don’t think it’s quite been six months yet so I’m still expecting it to get better. The shoulder itself is fine, it doesn’t interrupt my training or anything like that. It is physically just the range of movement, getting it above my head and that sort of thing. So hopefully by the time the season comes round, the Manchester world cup, it’ll be in tip top condition.”
Green’s confidence has been boosted by visible gains on the Manchester track where she trains day in, day out and can now clear the final jump on the first straight.
“It’s a big old jump and there are a few big jumps on different supercross tracks around the world” said Green of her achievement.
“It’s a gain for me. If I can do that well it means I’ve got more of a chance of getting over these bigger jumps at the other world cup tracks.
“It’s definitely a good progression from the world cup last year (when) I started jumping it second time down the ramp and I’m doing that a lot more consistently now, so it brings a lot of confidence to the table.”
Green will hope to exploit her improved skillset when the opening round of the world cup returns to Manchester on April 18-19, before going on to complete a full season of races.
“The biggest positive thing that comes out of it is knowing that the home crowd is going to be here” Green said, of racing at the National Cycling Centre.
“It changes my mental state quite a lot as it proved from last year so hopefully when this world cup comes round I’ll be ready with the home crowd backing me all the way.
“There’s nothing I can’t gain from racing all these races I missed out last year. That’s the biggest goal I think to complete a good year have a solid year make a few finals and to see how it goes from there.”