The Delhi 2010 Games will see both road and track cycling events and Australia is set to scoop up a swag of medals in each.
Track cyclists, by contrast, are incredibly aggressive, trained for explosive power and raw speed, although strategy and patience still plays a significant role in competition.
Anyone who has stayed up through the night glued to coverage of the Tour de France knows the enormous appeal of road cycling. To succeed a cyclist must combine endurance and patience with strength for the hills and explosive power for breakaways and fast finishes.
Australia’s women cyclists have always played a big part in our success at the Commonwealth Games and in Delhi, watch for Rochelle Gilmore, Ruth Corset, Chloe Hosking, Alexis Rhodes and Vicki Whitelaw bring it home for the green and gold.
The road races get underway 10 October and women’s and men’s time trials on 13 October.
Raw speed and power gets you across the line, but guile, patience, tactics and cunning high on the steeply banked velodrome track is what sets you up for your charge to the finish.
Melbourne 2006 saw Australia crowned overall champions with seven gold, five silver and three bronze. England have built a strong team they think can change that in Delhi.
Determined to show they’re wrong, Anna Meares, Emily Rosemond, Kaarle McCulloch and Belinda Goss team up with star youngsters Ashlee Ankudinoff, Megan Dunn and Josephine Tomic to keep us on top.
There are six events for women: 3000m individual pursuit, 10km scratch race, 500m time trial, 25km points race, sprint, team sprint. And eight for men: 4000m individual pursuit, 4000m team pursuit, 20km scratch race, 1km time trial, 40km points race, keirin , sprint, team sprint.