Launceston cyclist Lauren Perry is recovering well after a dramatic end to her roller-coaster Christmas carnivals campaign.
The 21-year-old multiple junior world champion fell ill before Friday’s Devonport Criterium and was rushed to hospital.
She was diagnosed with appendicitis and an ensuing infection and underwent surgery on Saturday.
Perry’s mum Sarah said her daughter was “groggy” but recovering well.
The former Riverside High student was devastated at not being able to race in Devonport having made a superb start to the carnivals campaign.
She won Wednesday’s Latrobe Wheel race and had continued that form at the Silverdome, being heavily involved in the women’s wheel before winning the novelty challenge against runner Kate Pedley and woodchopper Amanda Beams and then claiming the mixed madison with Sam Welsford.
Returning from a prolonged period away from racing with chronic fatigue syndrome, the TIS Racing rider had been looking forward to continuing her resurgence at Devonport and Burnie before illness struck.