Georgia Williams is getting set for her next shot at the UCI World Road Championships, this time in Yorkshire. We caught up with the Kiwi who has eyes on a top ten against the clock in the UK later this month.
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RC: First of all great to see you in the NZ team once again for World Champs 2019 in Yorkshire. Compared to your results in Austria last year, what are your expectations for you heading into the UK course?
Georgia: I think this year is going to be a lot harder than last year in many ways. Being the year before Olympics the level of the riders is going to be much higher with lots of riders after a result for Olympic selection. I would love to improve on my 11th from last year and push into the top 10 in the ITT but it’s definitely going to be a long shot.
RC: The last time we saw you it was January and you’d been crowned national time trial champion. What has 2019 been like for you this year?
Georgia: I had a pretty rocky start to the season with some health issues. I pushed through them at Nationals and January racing in Australia. I then had a break and was only about to ride short and easy for a few months. I started properly racing in June with a lighter program than planned for the rest of the year. The health issues are not fully resolved so it’s a bit of a struggle to be at my best. I’m a lot better than I was though so the form has been very up and down, good days and bad.
RC: How important is a race like the Boels Ladies Tour in terms of honing form for world championships?
Georgia: Boels Tour is at a good time being just a few weeks from Worlds. Good to get a solid 6 days of racing in the legs and a lot of intensity to bring the fitness up. This tour is always super hard with lots of girls pushing for a result. Lots of crosswinds and small Dutch roads make the racing pretty crazy and quite dodgy so you have to be on.
RC: You’re obviously racing against Mikayla Harvey right now in the Netherlands, and you’ll be teaming up together in Yorkshire. How much time pre-Worlds do you get to sit down with riders like Mikayla and Ella who will be your teammates at Worlds, but for the rest of the year aren’t?
Georgia: I think we’ll only get to sit down together a few days before the racing when we’re all in Yorkshire. We all live in Girona, Spain but we hardly see each other. We’ve all had such different race programs this year so have hardly all been in town at the same time. They are both very hard working and easy going so I’m sure we’ll gel together fast and come up with a good race plan when we get there.
RC: Heading towards the end of 2019, are you able to tell us what 2020 looks like yet?
Georgia: Hopefully a lot better than 2019! I should be well enough for a full race program. Not sure what this will look like though, I will get a better idea of my races in a month or so at team camp. Nationals will be my first big target, I’m really happy with the date change to February. I’ll be able to have a good off season break and not have to rush back to training and form for the start of January. A longer build up will be a lot less stressful!