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Australian Professional Cyclist

Commonwealth Games Delhi, India

I’d firstly like to apologise to all of you for my lack of updates during the past 8 weeks. I’ve been very dedicated to preparing for my 3rd Commonwealth Games (over 8 years) and this meant less time on my computer and more time training and recovering.

I finished 2nd in 2002 and again in 2006 (both medals were on the track in the points race). This year I have been focusing on the Commonwealth Games road race and prepared specifically for the flat 112km race in Delhi, India.

I was fortunate to have such a strong Australian team on Sunday who were able to neutralise all attacks and break-away attempts by the Kiwi’s and Brit’s. It was my task to shadow Nicole Cooke until the last 10km, and then I would take the wheel of Australia’s young sprinter- Chloe Hosking. Australia had another 4 riders (still active in the bunch) during the final 10km’s to cover Cooke and any other strong moves.

I woke up on Sunday feeling like – today is my day – I was absolutely ready both physically and mentally to win on the day that I had prepared so specifically for.

Alexis Rhodes, Megan Dunn, Ruth Corset and Vicki Whitelaw executed our team’s race plan perfectly and not once felt threatened by the strength of our competitors; they closed every move with confidence and control. Chloe and I didn’t need to work or panic once during the 112km’s.

With 1km to go I was feeling very fresh and relaxed, I was protecting Chloe’s wheel without any challenges, once Chloe had started her sprint and reached maximum speed I was excited to have a strong kick in reserve- I accelerated and sprinted to Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

I’ve achieved the first of my 3 career objectives and I’m excited to start working towards my next goal- Denmark Worlds 2011.

Thank you all for your wonderful support.

If you would like to watch the finish, here it is:

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