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Brodie Chapman: Going back to an Australian summer where the stars aligned

during the Elite Women’s & U23 of the Australian National Road Race Championships at Buninyong in Ballarat, Victoria, Sunday, January 8, 2023. Photo by (Con Chronis/AusCycling).

Five years ago, when Brodie Chapman was at the Santos Tour Down Under she was  turning left as she came in the door of the Hilton Hotel, which serves as race headquarters in Adelaide, heading for the media room and watching those in the professional ranks going straight toward the elevators instead  with a degree of awe. 

“I remember seeing all the riders come in and out and just admiring the small thing, like they have track pants that say the team name on them and I’d think ‘that’s so cool’,” Chapman told Cyclingnews as she looked back on what turned out to be a pivotal race for her, event though it was an edition where she didn’t pin on a number.

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