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At 39, Bree Hargrave will be driving in opposition to competition fifty percent her age at the Commonwealth Video games


At an age the place most elite athletes are well into retirement, South Australian monitor bike owner Bree Hargrave is satisfying a lifelong dream: qualifying for this year’s Commonwealth Video games.

The 39-12 months-old stated her journey to Birmingham, nonetheless, was anything but common.

“Expanding up at university it was all about athletics,” Hargrave stated.

“I constantly desired to make the Aussie workforce. Ever because being a little child, that was my desire, to signify Australia in activity.

“I was attempting, attempting, hoping and I could not crack into the group. I experienced given it a very good 10 decades.”

Bree Hargrave has been a aggressive athlete given that her youth.(ABC News: Che Chorley)

It was an e-mail from the Australian Institute of Sport that changed her trajectory, taking her absent from observe and area and placing her on a bike saddle for the to start with time.

“I acquired an e-mail from the AIS titled ‘Are you a Rapidly, Furious, Fearless Woman?’ and that grabbed my notice and I assumed, ‘Yep, which is me’,” Hargrave explained.

“They have been inquiring for people to occur in and do some tests and do a expertise transfer.

“I was 28 when I received that electronic mail, at an age wherever most people would start to feel about retiring, but I was so determined to dress in the environmentally friendly and gold and just definitely wanted to give this a crack.”

A track cyclist speeding on a bike track
Bree Hargrave trains at the Adelaide SuperDrome.(ABC News: Che Chorley)

Much more than a decade on, Hargrave has a swag of amazing performances underneath her belt, together with breaking an eight-year-aged report established by Anna Meares for the 500-metre time demo at the Adelaide SuperDrome.

“It was tricky to persuade the persons building conclusions that anyone of my age can truly enhance,” she stated.

“I experienced to enable my legs do the conversing.

“[They said:] ‘OK, perhaps let us give her a shot, even while she’s 39’.”

close up shot of a pair of strong legs and cycling cleats
Will these legs convey dwelling a Commonwealth gold medal?(ABC News: Che Chorley)

Using against competitors fifty percent her age

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hargrave was able to utilise the downtime from her perform as a physiotherapist and repurpose a area in her property as a gymnasium.

For 18 months, she properly trained at residence and came out of the pandemic a more robust, fitter and faster cyclist.

“I consider which is what tends to make it so easy for me: I really like what I do,” she said.

“And I enjoy coaching, and making an attempt for personal bests. I’m just inspired by that. I’m doing what I appreciate.

A track cyclist riding on a bend
Bree Hargrave broke Olympian Anna Meares’s record for the 500 metres time trial.(ABC Information: Che Chorley)

“When I was racing one of the Aussie girls at the nationals, the commentator reported: ‘Oh I’ve in no way mentioned this prior to, but Hargrave is double the age of the rider she’s racing’.”

On the other hand, Hargrave mentioned that, with age, arrived standpoint.

“I would say I am a great deal more chilled. The initially time I walked into a packed velodrome, the sound, the nerves, the morning of a race, I surely could not eat,” she stated. “But staying older allows you consider a step back and, at times — like through a warm-up — just go, ‘How neat is this?'”

A woman with her bicycle inside a sport stadium
Bree Hargrave’s lifelong desire of representing Australia is coming real.(ABC News: Che Chorley)

As the Australian staff familiarises by itself with the monitor at the Lee Valley Velodrome, Hargrave is philosophical about her journey to get there and her upcoming on observe.

“Irrespective of what occurs, certainly I have force on me to do well, I want to occur home with a medal but, at the conclusion of the day, I want to soak it all in and get pleasure from it since it really is what I’ve generally wished,” she explained.

“I’m just very pleased to be there.”

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