Georgia Williams feels weight of defence ahead of New Zealand Championships

HARDENBERG NETHERLANDS AUGUST 25 Georgia Williams of New Zealand and Team BikeExchange prior to the 23rd Simac Ladies Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 1344km stage from Zwolle to Hardenberg SLT2021 UCIWWT on August 25 2021 in Hardenberg Netherlands Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Georgia Williams (BikeExchange-Jayco) (Image credit: Getty Images)

It’s clear that heading into the New Zealand Road National Championships having already captured the road race title twice and the time trial title thrice doesn’t make Georgia Williams want another any less. In fact the 28-year-old BikeExchange-Jayco rider says it is still the one race each year she probably heads into with the most nerves each year.

The rest of the season she’s racing either for her teammates or with their support, but when she lines up in the competition for the national title it is by herself, and for herself, which means the pressure falls squarely on her shoulders.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.