Amy Cure has kept her promise to return to the Christmas Carnivals series, confirming on Wednesday that she will be taking part in the complete seven-day cycling program starting with the Ulverstone Criterium on Boxing Day.
It is a return to the series for the 24-year-old from West Pine, who spent last Christmas overseas, with her participation always part of her plans in the lead-up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, as she revealed to Fairfax Media in April.
This year she became the first Australian track cyclist to medal in six different world championship events after tasting success in the team pursuit, madison and omnium in Hong Kong in April and she also spent time with the Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling Team both in Australia and overseas.
Finishing the year with a win on her 25th birthday would be the definition of perfection for the two-time Olympian.
“I’m ready, willing and able and I’ll be trying to win everything I ride in,” she said on Wednesday.
“I’m excited, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to compete at all the carnivals. I would like to win them all, but so would everybody else.
“I’d especially like to win the Burnie crit. That would be a great way to celebrate my birthday.”
Cure has also signed back on with Wiggle High5 for 2018, meaning there will be two North-West Coasters on its books after Devonport’s Macey Stewart, who will also race at the carnivals, joined earlier in the month.
Stewart, 21, has enjoyed a fine season with the TIS Racing Team in the National Road Series, and last week collected gold in the madison and silver in the team pursuit at the Oceania Track Championships in New Zealand.
She is aiming for some success in her home city this series, targeting the Devonport Criterium and Devonport Wheel.
“Now that’s what I would like to have a crack at,” she said
“It’s going to be awesome, there’s going to be so much racing for the women, the carnivals this year are going to be so exciting.”
Joining the North-West Coast duo will be Launceston’s Lauren Perry, who was a teammate of Stewart’s in the team pursuit across the Tasman.
All three were impressed by the fact that that total prize money for the four women’s wheel races at Latrobe, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie had increased to $21,000, and that the full women’s criterium series would be held at Ulverstone (Boxing Day), Devonport (December 29) and Burnie (New Year’s Eve) as part of the series.
- CHRISTMAS CARNIVALS SERIES: Dec 16: Rosebery Dec 26: Ulverstone Criterium. Dec 27: Latrobe. Dec 28: Launceston Dec 29: Devonport Criterium. Dec 30: Devonport. Dec 31: Burnie Criterium. Jan 1: Burnie. Jan 7: Hobart Jan 20: St Helens.