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by Mark Zalewski

June 30, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 and 9150 – Everything to know; Your guide to the 2016 Giro Rosa, women’s cycling’s biggest tour; BikeExchange steps up as new naming sponsor for ‘Orica-BikeExchange’; Twenty and thwarted: Why a world champion left pro cycling after just one season; Varnish will not appeal non-selection for Rio; Carmen Small requesting arbitration over Rio team omission; Bouhanni out of Tour de France; Vansummeren retires due to heart problem; Contador, Sagan lead Tinkoff Tour de France team; Whitten comes back from crash to win Canadian TT title; Rise – Inside Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka #8

Twenty and thwarted: Why a world champion left pro cycling after just one season

by Ella CyclingTips

Macey Stewart is a 20-year-old road cyclist from Australia who, after an amazing junior career, joined Orica-AIS in 2015. By the end of the season however, Stewart decided to step away from life as a professional cyclist. In her own words, here’s why she’s taking a break from competitive cycling.

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

My favourite motto is ‘Everything happens for a reason’. Not even a week after returning home from Adelaide we found out that my dad had Metastasis Lymphoma. He had seven cancer tumours in his neck and throat and was soon smashed with severe chemotherapy and radiotherapy. How’s that for timing. I found my reason for coming home from Adelaide a lot sooner than I expected and ran into my next hurdle, much higher than any hurdle I’ve ever jumped.

Last week I found out that dad now has terminal cancer. Obviously this has been a heartbreaking time for me and my family, but as they say, positivity is everything in times like these, and even though I am finding it hard to be strong at times, I know that the adversity in my life will give me the strength to conquer the world in the future. My dad is such a strong man, I think it’s in our ‘Stewart’ blood to be bloody tough nuts, so I know he will fight with everything until the very end.

Over the past seven months, my life has been an interesting game of trial and error, searching for what makes me happy and getting to know Macey Stewart the person, not just the cyclist. I started a Bachelor of Engineering at University, but soon found it wasn’t something I was passionate about. I went to a dance class on a Wednesday night and remembered how much happiness it brings. After many knockbacks I have landed myself a job at one of the best sports physiotherapists on the Gold Coast where I have learned so much and made some great friends.

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