Canberra cyclist Bec Wiasak hopes a nasty road accident has not knocked her off track for a chance to make her debut at the world championships and Commonwealth Games next year.
Wiasak has been selected to represent Australia at the opening UCI Track Cycling event in Manchester from November 1-3, but will now have to prove her fitness to coaches after she was concussed in a road crash in Adelaide on Saturday and taken to hospital by ambulance.
Wiasak was thrown over her handlebars when she clipped the wheel of a training partner. She needed five stitches to her forehead. The 29-year-old was initially told to rest for a week, but after passing cognitive tests, is hoping to be back as early as Wednesday for sessions to prove her fitness.
Wiasak's cycling career is at a crossroads and she will rely on advice from national coach Gary Sutton in December on whether to pursue a Commonwealth Games berth on the track or the road.
Wiasak, who claimed a bronze medal at her first and only World Cup event in Mexico in January, would prefer to focus on the women's individual pursuit on the track for both the world championships in February and the Commonwealth Games in July.
But to qualify, she would need to contest and be competitive at two of the three upcoming World Cup events, beginning at Manchester.
''We've got pre-departure trials next week, so hopefully I'm right for that,'' Wiasak said. ''Manchester is now in doubt. If my recovery is delayed and I'm not tracking as well as I hoped, they won't compromise that.''
Wiasak, who has a background in athletics and triathlon, has finally found her niche in cycling. But whether that is on the track or road could be determined in the next two months.
If she is unsuccessful in getting an automatic qualifying time for the individual pursuit by December, the ACT Academy of Sport athlete is likely to switch to road in a bid for a spot in the Commonwealth Games time trial.
Wiasak is also in line for a place in Australia's team pursuit, but that event is only contested at the world championships, not at the Commonwealth Games.