Cure in pursuit of medal haul

Amy Cure in action at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
Amy Cure in action at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

IT may be her Commonwealth Games debut, but Amy Cure can expect an unprecedented workload and level of attention when she takes to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

And coming two years after a maiden Olympics when she didn't get to ride, she wouldn't have it any other way.

"I think missing out on a ride in London has definitely made me a more stronger and determined athlete on and off the bike, and since then I have learnt so much more about myself as a bike rider," she said.

"But there is still a lot more I need to learn coming into Rio."

For a diminutive 21-year-old from the rural roots of West Pine on the North-West Coast, it shows how far Cure has come that she is already looking towards the next Olympics two years away.

A three-time national champion and four-time junior world champion, Cure's transition to senior international competition was as swift as it was seamless.

She has claimed world championship silver and bronze medals in both the individual and team pursuits and completed the set in the Colombian city of Cali earlier this year with a glorious victory in the points race.

And despite her tender age, Cure knows that her rainbow jersey serves as a pretty big target to her rivals as she tackles the IP, scratch and points race in Glasgow - a stark contrast to her "devastating" experience at London's Olympic Park Velodrome in 2012.

"I will still be staying relaxed," she said about becoming a marked rider.

"I'm hoping to ride all three events. The IP is going to be similar to every other IP race as it's just you and the time but for the scratch race and points race it will be a totally different race as we can have three starters per country.

"That will completely change the way it is raced and won. It will come down to working best as a team rather than one rider per country and you're out there by yourself, just like the world championships and world cups.

"I'm going into the race with completely different expectations of myself to a normal points race. The way we are able to have three starters is going to completely change the style of racing it."

Coached by Cycling Australia's Gary Sutton and her Tasmanian mentor, Matt Gilmore, Cure clearly learned plenty in London despite her involvement being limited to vocal support while Australian teammates Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic missed out on a shot at team pursuit gold by less than a tenth of a second to the US and were then pipped to the bronze medal by Canada by a similar margin.

"I was still part of the team even though I was not riding," she said at the time. "You've got to put your best team out there and I was the fourth rider leading into this."

Nearly a decade after getting a taste for cycling from a visit to the Christmas carnivals, Cure has made 13 Australian teams, competing across the globe from Mexico and Belarus to Italy and Russia, and has the cycling world at her feet.

In addition to her numerous track credentials, the beauty therapy student has a road contract with Belgian-based Lotto-Belisol Ladies and showed her versatility in 2010 by winning both the Australian junior female road and track cyclist of the year awards.

Having just completed her first major road season, winning the Tour De Feminin in the Czech Republic and the Adelaide Tour, she has flown from an altitude camp in North America to a pre- Games track camp in south Wales.

Cure will again compete with her world champ and Olympic teammates Edmondson and Hoskins in Glasgow and is confident she can continue and thrive in both cycling disciplines.

"Track is still my main priority. I really love the road and enjoy it a lot but at the moment, I'm still enjoying doing both the track and the road.

"I'm really excited to compete at the Games.

"I think we are going to have a lot of competition and it's going to be tough racing in Glasgow.

"I've already had a really awesome year and the Commonwealth Games is a bonus."


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