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It has been a long held belief in boxing that sex before a bout will leave a fighter with weak legs. Australian swimming legend Dawn Fraser on the other hand was of the opinion that it enhanced athletic performance, for her anyway.
And while having sex before a pro-bike race may or may not enhance performance, the actual sex of the rider certainly makes a difference to how the race is reported.
See what I’ve done there? I’ve tricked you into beginning an article that is about women’s cycling."
The prize at the end of 10 days of work is a scholarship and chance to race internationally.
‘‘We put them through everything. We have a thing called ‘the removal of hope’ and remove all hope they have of completing the training just to see who is resilient,’’ Barrass said.
‘‘Most of them who complete the camp will probably go to bed for a month. Physically and mentally they’ll be a wreck.’’
Cycling Australia’s selection camp is underway
Can Meares return to the level she reached in 2011 when she won the sprint, keirin and team sprint world titles in Apeldoorn? Still only 30-years-old, the chances are she can, although it’s not going to be easy. It’s nasty how long you work to build up a level of fitness, a level of strength, and how quickly it goes. I lost a lot of weight on my break, and it’s been a long hard slog to get back to a competitive level.”
"My [sprint] qualifying [in Manchester] was fantastic but the intensity is a real shock to the system. I haven’t been able to expeirence that in 16 months. It’s a good reminder and a good bench mark for me."
"I raced the Adelaide GP and also Cottbus in July but at this level you always lift it and hurt yourself a little more physically, and that is what’s really hard to get your head around. Your body is crying out for you to stop and your head telling it to keep going."
Meares will return to the UK next summer to compete in the Commonwealth Games. I’m really looking forward to Glasgow, I’ve never been to Scotland I hear the track is wonderful. The Commie Games is really important to me, sometimes back in Australia the level of importance is [reduced] a little bit or not really appreciated because it’s not the Olympics.”
"For me it’s important I get to wear my colours I get to represent my country and do what I love.""
Really nice interview and profile with Meares - and photos and videos from different points in her career
“If you look at the percentage of [Olympic] medals Australia won in 2000 – the Sydney Olympics – we won 38 per cent of our medals from female athletes.
“That figure in London [last year] was 57 per cent. There has been a massive rise in contribution from our female athletes.”
Wylie, a Melbourne-based managing director and head of corporate advisory of the global financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard, believes that women’s sport is dangling like a carrot for corporate Australian to associate itself with.
“The message we would give to Australian companies and to broadcasters is that there is a massive opportunity in front of them that is under there noses that is under appreciated right now,” he said.
“We think Australian companies and broadcasters should jump on the opportunity and get behind women’s sport because it’s a rising force."