The strength of the women's cycling fields for the Tasmanian Christmas Carnival series continues to grow with a Tasmanian star locked in to compete.
Devonport's Macey Stewart, who has spent the year as a part of the Australian Cycling Team in preparation for a possible tilt at the Tokyo Olympics, will return to race at the Launceston, Latrobe, Devonport and Burnie carnivals.
The 23-year-old said it was an easy decision to put her hand up to come back to Tasmania and compete after a childhood spent racing at the carnivals.
"It's goes back too far I can't even remember. My first carnivals would have been about 14 years ago now," she said
"I can remember photos of myself in all my brothers 'hand me downs' when I was in my fifth year of under 13s."
"One year my brother and I won the under 15 and under 17 wheel races at Devonport, our home carnival, so that was pretty cool."
2019 has been a huge year for the former world junior champion following her selection in the exclusive Australian Cycling Team in the women's endurance team, competing in Belgium and Scotland as she looked increase her chances of being selected for next year's Olympics.
Stewart said the selection in the Australia squad this year allowed her step up to the next level.
"2019 has been a huge year of growth for me, physically and mentally.
"I've really stepped up to another level professionally because I've been around the best riders in the world every single day. Pretty cool that they double up as my best friends.
"A year highlight would be the races I did with the girls in Belgium before I got injured. I proved to myself that I had stepped up to another level, and the team rode so well together, we were so pumped."
The recent announcement of an increase to women's prize money at the Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals, with the Burnie Gift and Burnie Wheel winners to receive the same as the men, was enough to ensure Stewart wasn't going to miss out.
"Really stoked with this. It's about time, in this day and age, that everything becomes equal."