Road To 2012
Fletcher Returns To Training
"I Want To Be Back For Worlds"
Words And Photography By Luke Webber
Posted August 11 2011
British Cycling Olympic Academy athlete Dave Fletcher has returned to training and wants to come back from injury to race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships on September 2.
Recovering from a broken wrist, sustained in training days before the British Mountain Bike Championships, Fletcher is hopeful of continuing a UCI points scoring spree, which has seen him become instrumental in qualifying a second British rider to the 2012 Games.
In a season which has seen Fletcher score four top-ten performances in the under-23 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, a further two World Cups and the World Championships were set to be his final races as an under-23.
But the injury means Fletcher will miss the final two rounds of the World Cup, forfeiting his current standing of sixth in the series and a chance to further secure a second place for Britain at London 2012.
However, the World Championships provide the biggest annual point-scoring opportunity and Fletcher has history at major events, scoring a bronze medal as a Junior at Fort William 2007.
Already, the former-British under-23 champion has returned to basic training on the turbo, but the ultimate call on Fletcher's time to return will be made by a team of medical staff consisting of British Cycling's in-house doctor, physio and specialist.
British Cycling Olympic Mountain Bike Coach Phil Dixon describes his aim as "getting Fletcher back into racing as soon as possibe.
"At the moment, we're unsure if that will be the World Championships or later in the season, but we will follow the advice of the medical experts completely."