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If you haven’t been through the selection process for a major Games it is hard to imagine just what the athletes go through. On several occasions I’ve likened it to the Hunger Games, but that might be a bit extreme. In retrospect it might be more similar to the silent running practices the Australian SAS forces use to see if their troops will crack.

Needless to say, the selection process for all three major Games I’ve been eligible for has never been an enjoyable experience for me. I’ve lost ample hours of sleep, had a handful of minor breakdowns, and maybe a few emotional binge eating sessions.

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Cycling Tips Blog: The ups and downs of selection for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games | Chloe Hosking

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UCI BMX Supercross 2014 Berlin: GoPro Mariana Pajon (by bmxlivetv)

I absolutely love helmetcam anyway, but this is breath-taking - especially love the moment in the final where Caroline Buchanan just passes Pajon - and her celebration!

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Philly Classic 2014 (by Russ Mullo)

The Australian highlights!

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BUCHANAN On Air - Ep 3 | Progression of womens BMX & World Cup #3 Papendal (by Caroline Buchanan)

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Trek Factory Racing | Henderson & McConnell: Australia’s Finest & Fastest (by TrekFactoryRacing)

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Battle on the border Day 4 (by Cycling Australia)

Rebecca Heath won the final stage

Final General Classification
1. Tessa Fabry, Jayco/Apollo VIS, 5:23:40
2. Lizzie Williams, Specialized-Securitor, + 00:09
3. Anna-Leeza Hull, + 01:05
4. Jenelle Crooks, Holden Women’s Team, + 02:06
5. Rebecca Heath, Bicycle Superstore, + 02:21
6. Ruth Corset, Holden Women’s Team, + 02:26
7. Emma Viotto, Suzuki Brumby’s, + 02:49
8. Alexandria Nicholls, Suzuki Brumby’s, + 02:53
9. Kristy Glover, Bicycle Superstore, + 02:54
10. Lisa Keeling, Bicycle Superstore, + 03:04

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BattleOn the BorderDay3Race3&4 (by Cycling Australia)

Tessa Fabry (Jayco/Apollo VIS) won the ITT and Lizzie Williams won the road race

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Battle on the Border 2014 Stage 1

1. Lizzie Williams, Specialized-Securitor, 2:27:57
2. Anna-Leeza Hull, s.t.
3. Tessa Fabry, Jayco/Apollo VIS, s.t.

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I was on the Broken Spokes podcast with my friend Clara Beard, and we interviewed on of my heroines, Monique Hanley, who does a ton of work for Cycling Australia and Cycling Victoria - click through to their blog to find out more, and to follow all the links

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CN: Do you have a fondest memory from racing the Commonwealth Games?

AM: One of my highlights was racing one of the Indian girls in the first round in Delhi in 2010, and keeping the race close so that she could enjoy the experience of racing in front of her home crowd. She was a bit slower than me, but it was just such a poignant moment because my sport and my ability were able to help her enjoy that experience. I think that’s the beautiful part of the sport. It’s not just all about gold medals and funding, it’s all about enjoyment and giving something to people and being a part of it.

CN: This year’s Commonwealth Games reverts back to just two races for women sprinters with the 500m time trial and sprint race, are you disappointed?

AM: Two is standard for female sprinters. Delhi was an exception as they did trial the team sprint, which really was wonderful to have a team event in there. I think we shot ourselves in the foot with the British team not attending Delhi, which meant we had very minimal teams start. We couldn’t field a team from England or Wales, so the numbers weren’t there which is fair enough, but still quite sad from the sport’s perspective.

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Q&A With Anna Meares | Cyclingnews.com

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"Southern Spin thought it would take just a moment to list at least a dozen women bike riders that every Asia-Pacific sports fan who loves bike sports should know. Please keep in mind that this list is subjective and, of course, it wouldn’t be a true Southern Spin without a significant nod to triathlon, so here it goes (in no particular order):"

Sweet Caroline! - Southern Spin - Eurosport Australia