Australian cycling champion Shara Gillow aims to fine-tune her time trialling form at the Oceania championships in the build-up to the London Olympics.
Gillow won the national time trial championship in January and was also the top Australian in the event at last year’s world titles with her 12th place.
Those results make her the front-runner for Olympic selection.
National women’s road coach Martin Barras said Friday’s Oceania time trial in Queenstown, New Zealand would be another important step for Gillow as she tries to earn Olympic selection.
“The Oceanias will be the test – are we seeing these improvements (in her time trial) or not?,” he said
“It’s an important step in terms of her qualification for the Olympics.”
Gillow will be part of a strong Australian contingent at the championships, which offer precious Olympic qualifying points for the women.
Any points that the Australians earn will help confirm berths in the women’s road race at the Games.
The Australians are likely to have three out of a possible four starters.
Myf Galloway and Rachel Neylan will also ride at the Oceania titles.
The Oceanias have no bearing on the men’s road team for the Olympics.
The women’s elite and under-19 road races will be held on Saturday, with the men’s road races on Sunday.