British cyclocross champion Nikki Harris rode to a strong third place in muddy Middelkerke on Saturday to close out the Superprestige series in second overall.
“After a solid week of training in Girona, I expected to be tired,” said Harris. “I was very focussed on retaining my second place overall in the Superprestige series. I was very happy to eventually finish in third place today and second overall.”
Harris admits that the technical and heavy lap didn’t exactly suit her strengths, but she managed to put herself in the front group from the start.
“It’s quite a tricky race,” said Harris. “It’s not my favourite course. There’s quite a lot of dismounting and mounting the bike and parts of the course where it’s a little too difficult to ride or even run, but I got stuck in from the start and immediately was in the front group.”
Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) soloed to victory. Sophie de Boer (KALAS-NNOF) snagged the second step of the podium. Harris fought to the finish to claim third.
From the Belgian mud to the Spanish sun, Harris heads to Calpe on Sunday to meet up with her Boels-Dolmans teammates for the team’s third training camp. Harris missed the first camp entirely and only spent about 36 hours at the second camp. For round three, she’s looking at a full week spent on the road.
“I’m excited to met up with the girls and get stuck into good endurance block,” said Harris. “My final ‘cross race of the year is Oostmalle next weekend and I’ll head into my first road race of 2016 from there. I’m super motivated to get some skinny tires on and start racing on the road.”