Determined Amy Cure delivers in a big way

ON TRACK: Amy Cure at the UCI Track World Championships in Hong Kong. Picture: Getty Images
ON TRACK: Amy Cure at the UCI Track World Championships in Hong Kong. Picture: Getty Images

The disappointment of her Rio Olympics campaign has made Amy Cure a stronger force on the track according to someone who has been there the entire journey.

Tasmanian Institute of Sport head cycling coach Matt Gilmore has worked with the West Pine product since she was 13, and on Tuesday said he had noticed a heightened level of determination in her since the Olympics.

Cure was part of the team pursuit squad that suffered that horrendous training crash in the lead-up to qualifying at Rio which seriously impacted their preparations.

They bounced back to finish fifth, with the 24-year-old has since putting in strong performances at both the national and international level.

That culminated in her record-breaking feats in Hong Kong last week, when she became the first person in track cycling history to win a medal in six different world championship events. 

She collected silver in the team pursuit and bronze in the omnium and the Madison.

Only the great Anna Meares with 27 has more than Cure’s 11 career medals.

“If anything, what happened in Rio has made her more determined,’’ Gilmore said.

“It was the same with her disappointment with London, and she has really got it in her mind now that Tokyo is the absolute next major target.

“She really wants to become an Olympic champion.

“She is an Olympic athlete through and through, so being an Olympic athlete, you don’t go there for a tracksuit, you go there to win medals, and that’s her attitude on track right now.”

Gilmore said the place in world championships history she now holds was one that should be cherished.

“Every time she lines up to race, she is just so super competitive.”

“I knew she was in good form going to the world championships and she had that ambition to bring home a medal from them.

“But to sit back and soak up and understand how significant that performance is, it is just so impressive what she has done.

“Particularly in her first couple of years when she was transitioning from under 19 to senior level, we knew she had the talent and runs on the board at the junior level, and sometimes that can take a bit of time, but with Amy, it all came along pretty easy.”

Without wanting to use the word luck when describing Cure’s performance in Hong Kong, Gilmore believed the “cards hadn’t quite fallen her way” at times.

“Especially in the omnium, as he proved during the week she was in good enough to win a world title, but she really did have a terrific week.”

Her focus going forward is set to be the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which will be held in April next year.

“She hasn’t had a tremendous amount of work of late as she had a good break after Rio, so her build-up to these championships were quite steady.

“She’ll have a little break now and return to Europe to start her road campaign [for Wiggle High-5].”