She beat two seasons of injury

¦ AMANDA SPRATT (right), 24, of Springwood, didn’t ride her way into the Olympics simply to be one of the crowd.
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She will represent Australia in the women’s road-cycling race — a 140-kilometre peddling frenzy — when she makes her Olympic debut at the London Games.

She’s one of three on the Australian women’s road-cycling team and she’s determined to spin her wheels with the event’s fastest competitors rather than fall among the many names at the southern end of the results sheet.

“When we’re at the starting line we’ll be there to race for the medals, not to make up the numbers,” she said.

“We definitely have the potential in our team to go for a medal. It’ll be tough but Olympic medals don’t come easily so we’ll be ready to leave everything we have out on the road.”

She is Australia’s current national road-race champion — one of her many feats since she cut short her end-of-season break last year to prepare for the Olympics.

She said the toughest obstacle she had to conquer to earn her selection was a nerve condition which struck her leg back in 2006 and forced her off her bike for 2008 and 2009.

The former Blue Mountains Grammar School student and Penrith Cycling Club member was “really proud” to represent Australia and also Penrith and the Blue Mountains at the Games. “Racing at the Olympics has always been my dream since I started cycling. For it to become a reality I won’t believe it till I’m in London.”

¦The women’s road race is on Sunday, July 29.

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