• Track cyclist Amy Cure has announced her retirement (Getty)Source: Getty
Amy Cure said she made the decision to retire after the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed due to COVID-19.
19 Jun 2020 - 3:04 PM  UPDATED 19 Jun 2020 - 3:09 PM

In March, Cure was named to the Australian Cycling Team for the Tokyo Olympics and with selection assured, her decision wasn't easy.  

"It’s one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make,” Cure said. “I feel the same as I do on the start line at an Olympic Games or World Championships. I’m incredibly nervous, but also so excited for the unknown.”

“It’s been a difficult decision (but) I would much rather allow someone else that has the drive, energy, motivation and potential to be great.

"I believe they will do just as good, if not better without me there. And there is no doubt in my mind about that.”

“But after making cycling my priority for the last decade, my relationships with family and friends are my priority now.”

During her brilliant career, the Tasmanian earned three rainbow jerseys, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, three Australian Olympic Team selections and 10 national titles. 

The 27-year-old is the only track cyclist in history to win a medal in six different world championship events - the individual and team pursuits, points and scratch races, the Madison and the omnium.

While she rates her 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal 'up there for one of the best, a home Games is special' it is her 2019 world title in the team pursuit she sees as her greatest achievement. 

“Four months prior to those world championships, I had a breakdown of a long-term relationship that came to an unexpected end," she said.

"It was a difficult and dark time, so to be able to come out and win the gold medal despite the circumstances was an incredible self-achievement and my proudest moment.”

Her 13 career World Championships medals (3 gold, 5 silver, 5 bronze) ranks second all-time for Australia’s women track cyclists behind Anna Meares (27).

While track cycling was her focus, Cure raced in several women's WorldTour races including the Tour of Flanders and La Course and earned overall victory, the points jersey and the young rider's classification at the 2013 Tour de Feminin.