Cycling star Amy Cure is making the most of time off the bike

Cycling star Amy Cure is making the most of time off the bike after the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics .

The 27-year-old was selected in the Australian Cycling Team for the track racing schedule at the 2020 Olympic Games, but coronavirus preventative measures across the world saw the event get pushed back until 2021.

The Australian team was announced just weeks prior to the official postponement of the Olympics and the team was still preparing to go.

Cure said the news of the postponement hit hard, but she has remained focused on what she needs to do to keep the wheels ticking over.

"It was hard, it was quite difficult because it is what you train for and you have done so much mental preparation for," she said.

"That was the hardest thing, knowing everything you had trained for had been postponed and put off.

"A week after the team was announced, there was a lot of unknowns until it was announced with the new date for next year.

WAIT IS ON: Amy Cure with Annette Edmondson at the 2020 UCI World Championship. Picture: Australian Cycling Team

WAIT IS ON: Amy Cure with Annette Edmondson at the 2020 UCI World Championship. Picture: Australian Cycling Team

"It has obviously meant we have had to go back over things, reassessing and resetting."

Cure said it had been difficult to maintain a consistent training program because of the current climate, but she was maintaining her mental health through other means.

"It is a bit hard, the world is at a standstill at the moment and health is the most important thing at the moment and getting over the coronavirus in the safest possible way," she said

"Everything has been put on hold at the moment, I have been enjoying other forms of activity like swimming, tennis and walking the dog, which it has been really good to do those other forms of exercise.

"I have had to change everything up because it won't just be a couple of months until competition, it will be a year and it has been nice to enjoy a few things I don't normally do."

Cure said she was using the downtime created by the social distancing measures to focus on things she didn't have time for because of her workload.

"I have got a partner who has moved over here now, which has been a nice change," she said.

"I have been taking life as it is, I'm really enjoying my time now and treating every day as it comes.

"I have been using this time to enjoy things I don't normally get to, I have started uni myself and that has been really good to fill in a lot of my time at the moment.

"Obviously when the time is right, I will get back on the bike, but we have a lot of time now with the uncertainty of the world with everything on pause.

"Everyone is in the same boat at the moment, it is just about doing enough things to keep myself busy."

Cure also said the support system she had in Adelaide where she is based for Australian training commitments and her family back home have been great to helping to keep morale up during this time.

"I do keep in touch with my family a lot and I have been talking to them quite a bit, which has been good because they have been helping me.

"But I also have a lovely family over here that I live with, they have been really good too, so I have a really good support network around me.

"It has been great to have them around for in this time of life, being a time with such unknowns."

Cure wouldn't be drawn into discussions of what her career may look like post the Olympic Games, with her focus solely planted on what will be her third attempt at the pinnacle of the sport.

The Tasmanian cyclist was picked alongside fellow state rider Georgia Baker in the Australian team.


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