Anya Louw admits she is "feeling pretty good" as she prepares to return to the scene of one of her greatest cycling triumphs.
The 18-year-old from Devonport will from Friday again be one of the state's great hopes at the Oceania Road Championships, but this year will be competing in the under 23 age group after her gold medal in the under 19 time trial last year, which helped her gain world championship selection.
"I haven't got high expectations coming into this one, as I am racing with the big girls now, but I am feeling quite good,'' the Mersey Valley Devonport Cycling Club member said on Monday.
"I have told myself 'don't give yourself too high of expectations as you have stepped up into a higher class', and I do think I am feeling more relaxed this year because of that.
"I'd like to get a podium, which would be an ideal result, but I'm racing against under 23 women that I have never raced against, who are more than two years older than me, so I haven't even been against them in juniors.
"So I have no idea what their fitness or strength is like at the moment, and there is not many of us either (around 10 or so), so I don't know if the people that are coming over to race are quality or not, but I am just looking to enjoy it more than anything."
With Friday's time trial again at Evandale and Saturday's road race again at Railton, Louw said she was very comfortable in her surrounds, but at the same time knew she wouldn't be the only one.
"I know the road circuit like the back of my hand now and I know where all the check points are, but in saying that everyone raced on it last year so they will all be familiar with it and competitors are coming over earlier as well and have done some recon,'' the TIS Racing Team rider said.
"So I still have a slight advantage, but the beauty of these champs being held on the same course two years in a row, is that everyone is starting to get to know the course well, so that advantage will become less and less as the years go on."
This year has already been a hectic one for Louw, with appearances in the Tour Down Under and the Herald Sun Tour, as she and TIS coaches Matt Gilmore and Dave Walker look to tick some significant boxes.
"I think the experience of those really big races is that you learn how to handle pressure a lot better and you go into races a lot more relaxed and if you do get a bad result you are able to bounce back from it a lot better,'' she reflected.
"Over the summer of cycling I had some really good results in some races and some really bad results in some races, and I had to really teach myself not to dwell too much and just to focus on the next race, which will help this week. But for me it is about gaining as much experience as I can from each race, as well as building strength and fitness."
The elite/under 23 women will contest a 26.2km time trial on Friday at Evandale, and a 105km road race on Saturday at Railton. Road races will also be held on Sunday.