Lucy looks back on her 2015 season
Lucy Garner Reviews her season and looks forward to 2016
Lucy Garner cauight up with the Leicester Mercury on her season so far.
I’m currently having a month away from my bike now and that gives me a chance to reflect on the last eight months of road racing – some good, some not so good.
Overall I’m pretty satisfied with the way I rode in 2015 – and I’m excited about the prospect of moving to the Wiggle-Honda team for the next two years.
Because of a knee injury the first half of the season wasn’t that great for me and it took a while to get back to full fitness. But then I really came into things and in the second half of the year I felt I had some really nice results.
Top of the list was the win in the first stage of the Route de France in August and the chance to wear the Best Young rider’s jersey for a few days. That provided me with big motivation for the rest of the season and was so important for my confidence at that time.
Then being a part of the Great Britain team for the World Championships in America was amazing, especially with Lizzie Armitstead winning the race.
Now it is time for me to look forward. At the moment I am taking things easy with some core training and the odd run, and a little bit on the bike if I want. At the end of the month it will be back to full training and building up for next season.
Liv-Plantur have helped me so much and provided me with so many opportunities in my first three seasons as a professional and I am really grateful for that. But I think I have developed with them as much as I can.
I am really looking forward to joining Wiggle-Honda. It is a huge team and it is so good to know that they have belief in me.
There are so many strong riders and good sprinters on the squad and I know the training camps are going to be harder than I have experienced.
It might be a case of me getting my head kicked in a few times but it will be in a good way as I can learn such a lot from my new team-mates!
There will be a familiar face there, too. I know a lot of the Wiggle riders but Amy Pieters, a team-mate at Liv-Plantur, has also signed with them. She doesn’t live far from me so we can travel to races together when we need to.
For me the main objective is becoming a lot stronger so I get to the finish of races fresher than I can at the moment. A lot of good sprinters get over the climbs and cobbles, and through the wind, in the leading group. But when it is a hard race it is difficult for me to be in there with them and I know that is something I have to work on.
If I am working on the front of the bunch for some of the other Wiggle riders next season, I hope that will help me to build the extra strength I need.
For now, though, it is a case of taking a breather and enjoying catching up with friends and family before the hard work kicks in again.
Photo of Lucy on the podium at Route de France thanks to Team Giant-Alpecin.