LAUNCESTON cyclist Rowena Fry enters today's inaugural cyclocross national championships with an almost perfect record in the new discipline but well aware of the bigger picture.
Having already won all four of the previous rounds of the national series plus the Tasmanian title, Fry will be the clear favourite at Melbourne's Cranwell Park but has her sights set 12 months and 17,000km further away.
The former national mountain bike champion this week withdrew from the Australian team for the world championships in South Africa later this month because she said her long-term focus remains the cross-country event at next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
``I'm prioritising next year's Com Games,'' the 30-year-old said from a chilly Melbourne yesterday.
``I want to give myself the best chance of being in Glasgow and being in the best shape possible so I did not want to go to the worlds underdone.''
Fry is facing a double-header this weekend with the national cyclocross titles today followed by the fifth and final round of the national series in Darebin Parklands tomorrow.
At each of the previous rounds, Fry has knocked Sarah Holmes into second place and will be hoping to complete a clean sweep across the weekend.
``I'm winning the series so will be disappointed if I'm not up near the podium but you never know how it's going to go,'' she said.
``I'm going to have a break after this. I haven't been feeling great for the last couple of years really and hopefully I'll get that sorted because next year is an important one.''
Fiance and fellow Tasmanian champion Ben Mather will also compete in both Melbourne cyclocross events in what the couple optimistically dubbed a ``dirty weekend''.
Mather, 32, will join Hobart's round one winner Sid Taberlay in an elite men's field chasing Victorian Paul Van der Ploeg who has finished on the podium in all four national series rounds to date.
Cycling Australia this week confirmed that London Olympians Daniel McConnell and Rebecca Henderson will headline the cross-country selections at the mountain bike world championships in Pietermaritzburg, but noted that both Fry and Victorian Peta Mullens were selected but had subsequently withdrawn.