Varnish raring to go after injury lay-off

20 September 2013 / 10:10

Jess Varnish insists she is fully fit and refreshed as she prepares for the return of a non-stop schedule after a four-month injury lay-off.

Varnish kept herself busy following the London 2012 Olympics, where she suffered the heartache of being relegated in the team sprint.

Riding alongside Victoria Pendleton, the team sprint was her one and only chance at the Games, with Varnish throwing herself straight back into competition in the aftermath.

She claimed team sprint gold with Becky James at the Cali and Glasgow World Cups as well as individual sprint bronze and silver respectively.

Then came a back injury, which ruled her out of the World Championships in Minsk, with Varnish opting for rest as opposed to surgery to fix the problem.

The result was four months off but with the upcoming National Track Championships marking the start of another busy period she’s back and ready to go.

She could also potentially ride at October’s European Championships and November’s Manchester World Cup and admits the decision to rest up was the correct one.

“After the Olympics, I didn’t really have a break. Then I ended up having to take a forced break. It was either have four months off my bike or go and have back surgery,” Varnish told British Cycling.

“To be honest, that was a pretty easy decision for me really; I don’t want surgery on my back at the age of 22. To have that break and really reflect on what I have done and where I want to be has been good.

“For me it’s all been going well. After having returned from injury, it had taken me quite a while to get back into it.

“I had to have four months completely off which nobody really wants to have and then a couple of months just trying to get back into it.”

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