Swift is also looking forward to the nationals, but he concedes that it may not be hard enough for him to challenge for the British jersey this year, with a sprinter-friendly course in Norfolk.
“To be honest I’d like a harder nationals. It’s pretty flat this year. That will actually make it a harder race because a lot of people will be in the mix and tactically it will be interesting. From there I’ll have to speak to the team about what the best plan of action is for the worlds in Yorkshire. Of course that suits me this year. We need to come up with the best plan of action for that.”
For now though, both Hammer Stavanger and the Tour of Norway are the only races Swift is thinking about.
“The Hammer Series will give me a bit of racing speed back and the edge you can’t get from training. It should set me up well for Norway. I’m looking forward to it.
“The way the Tour of Norway is, without a time trial or mountaintop finish, means it’ll be a proper race from stage one to six. It will depend on different racing scenarios but the way I’m feeling on the bike at the minute and the style of the race, I’m going there with ambitions to try and do the best result possible.”
And, after six up and down months back at the team that had been his home for so long, he’s gone to Norway with a smile on his face.
“As bad as it is having an injury like I just had, and such a scary crash, it makes you so thankful to be in a team like this. Within a matter of minutes I was being looked after and then the support I’ve had to get me back to this point, where I can go to Norway with ambition, is so good. Generally in myself I’m a lot happier, more content, and I think that shows in the racing and in my training.”